A is for Arctic

LEGO produces one science based exploration subtheme every year as part of their City lineup. In 2014, the theme was the arctic. It came with a research base and vehicles all geared towards exploring minerals in the north. As a scientist and teacher, I love these research based themes. This one felt particularly Canadian to me. It came full of scientist Minifigures dressed for the cold, polar bears, and huskies. The theme was actually integral in the development of my blog.

What better place to begin my first challenge than with a recreation of the photo that started it all? A year ago, when I created True North Bricks, I wanted a LEGO blog that was Canadian. My first degree was also in wildlife biology, and my experiences in that field remain close to my heart. So, using those ideals as my starting point, I tried to come up with a theme and name for my blog. I began to consider stereotypes that foreigners often associate with Canada. Parkas, snow, and polar bears were the first things to come to mind, and all of those are associated with the Arctic.

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Over 40% of Canada’s landmass is considered to be arctic. With that said, I have never actually been to Canada’s arctic. It is on my bucket list. I have been to the arctic in Finland (where I was born), but not here. I want to see a wild polar bear. In Canada, we actually have the polar bear capital of the world (Churchill, Manitoba). You can also find what might be the oldest rocks in the world in Canada’s arctic. It would be amazing to stand on the oldest piece of the planet, don’t you think?

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My first cover photo was very similar to the one you see above. It was taken on a LEGO built backdrop with my old iPhone camera. It was really grainy and poor quality. I have been working on my photography skills since then, and decided to re-take the photo outside in the glistening snow. So, there you have it, a LEGO recreation of Canada’s great white north… the Arctic!

When people think of “vacation” or “bucket-list”, the arctic is not normally on the list. But, take a moment to think about it. The arctic has a lot to offer. So, my question to you today is: what would you like to see in the arctic?

As many of you know, I am taking part in the April A-to-Z challenge this year. To read more about it, you can visit the official website by clicking here. Be sure to check back on Monday for my LEGO themed letter “B” post!

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

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