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Tiipakusuppoq: roams about enjoying nature

I love discovering words such as this one! While it makes learning Greenlandic a challenge, I think it’s beautiful that a whole word can encompass a sentence. If there was one word to describe what I have been doing, and what I plan to do for the rest of summer is “tiipakusuppoq”.


I’ve always felt drawn to photograph landscapes – the sweeping mountain silhouettes, the sunset or sunrise that colours the sky, the ocean… yet recently I’ve been wanting to be still and look for small wildlife.

Flowers also feel so out of place here, where the Arctic is not immediately associated with colours in the flora, but there are purples, pinks, yellows and green that speckle the ground. It’s so beautiful I can’t help myself but not spend my free and waking hours roaming about enjoying nature.

Photographing birds (wildlife in general) is also a test of patience and something I have a lot to learn about.


The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.