Polar Bears

 

Polar Party

     This trio of male polar bears were spending their time just outside of Churchill, Canada. It's the fall season and they're waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze. Once frozen the bay will be their passage to the north and hopefully, for their sake, many seal dinners.

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Polar Poser

     Although polar bears look sweet they are arguably the most dangerous species of bear.

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Snowy Rest

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Snow Dance

     After a summer of hibernation and low activity these polar bears wrestle, helping their bodies to get in shape again for the winter ahead.

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Enduring the Storm

     Typically during the winter a polar bear is a solitary creature. However, during their time in Churchill they seem to be very sociable with each other.

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Tundra Slumber

     Why is Churchill the place to be if you're a polar bear? Because if you look at a map of the Hudson Bay you will notice a piece of land that extends from the west into the bay like a shelf. This is where Churchill is located. The bay's water has a counter-clockwise flow and as small chunks of ice form in the northern parts of the bay the current carries them west and then south. As the ice reaches this shelf of land it begins to collect and becomes the first shoreline on the bay to freeze. The frozen ice becomes the bears passage way to the north in their search for seals.

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Snowy Stroll

     The bears seem to pace up and down the shoreline, waiting for the ice. It reminds me of watching corn grow.

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Can You See My Breath?

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Waiting for the Ice

     This image of the bear and distant water was digitally converted to simulate a watercolor painting.

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