a tough life

Hairy Louseworth
Hairy Lousewort

What always surprises me is how plants can survive in these harsh conditions. In the eastern parts of the archipelago there is only a growing season of 30 days per year. Permafrost, lack of water and nutrients, cold temperatures, the conditions are far from optimal for plants to grow. However, nearly everywhere we walk we do find plants trying to survive. Here one of those diehards, the Hairy Lousewort.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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