The Photography of Owen Perry

Kluane

This is a series of photos taken during an Autumn 2016 trip to Northern British Columbia and the Yukon. Locations are primarily in and around Kluane National Park, including Kluane Lake, Kings Throne, the Kaskawulsh Glacier, and Saint Elias Mountains. Accompanying the photos is poetry from authors famous for their spirited writings on the North.

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 A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of laughter more terrible than any sadness – a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the Sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild.  ― Jack London

A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of laughter more terrible than any sadness – a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the Sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild.

― Jack London

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 Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting So much as just finding the gold.  It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,  It's the forests where silence has lease;  It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,  It's the stillness that fills me with peace.  ― Robert W. Service

Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting So much as just finding the gold.

It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,

It's the forests where silence has lease;

It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,

It's the stillness that fills me with peace.

― Robert W. Service

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 Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us; Let us journey to a lonely land I know. There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us, And the Wild is calling, calling... let us go  ― Robert W. Service, The Spell of the Yukon   

Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us; Let us journey to a lonely land I know. There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us, And the Wild is calling, calling... let us go

― Robert W. Service, The Spell of the Yukon

 

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  The Land God Forgot      The lonely sunsets flare forlorn  Down valleys dreadly desolate;  The lordly mountains soar in scorn  As still as death, as stern as fate.     The lonely sunsets flame and die;  The giant valleys gulp the night;  The monster mountains scrape the sky,  Where eager stars are diamond-bright.     So gaunt against the gibbous moon,  Piercing the silence velvet-piled,  A lone wolf howls his ancient rune --  The fell arch-spirit of the Wild.  O outcast land! O leper land!  Let the lone wolf-cry all express  The hate insensate of thy hand,  Thy heart's abysmal loneliness.     ― Robert W. Service

The Land God Forgot

 

The lonely sunsets flare forlorn

Down valleys dreadly desolate;

The lordly mountains soar in scorn

As still as death, as stern as fate.

 

The lonely sunsets flame and die;

The giant valleys gulp the night;

The monster mountains scrape the sky,

Where eager stars are diamond-bright.

 

So gaunt against the gibbous moon,

Piercing the silence velvet-piled,

A lone wolf howls his ancient rune --

The fell arch-spirit of the Wild.

O outcast land! O leper land!

Let the lone wolf-cry all express

The hate insensate of thy hand,

Thy heart's abysmal loneliness.

 

― Robert W. Service

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 There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,   And the rivers all run God knows where;  There are lives that are erring and aimless,  And deaths that just hang by a hair;  There are hardships that nobody reckons;  There are valleys unpeopled and still;  There’s a land— oh, it beckons and beckons,  And I want to go back— and I will.  – Robert W. Service

There’s a land where the mountains are nameless, 

And the rivers all run God knows where;

There are lives that are erring and aimless,

And deaths that just hang by a hair;

There are hardships that nobody reckons;

There are valleys unpeopled and still;

There’s a land— oh, it beckons and beckons,

And I want to go back— and I will.

– Robert W. Service

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 This is the Law of the Yukon, that only the Strong shall thrive; That surely the Weak shall perish, and only the Fit survive.  – Robert W. Service

This is the Law of the Yukon, that only the Strong shall thrive; That surely the Weak shall perish, and only the Fit survive.

– Robert W. Service

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