November 16, 2010

Polar Bear Country: Blizzard A’Coming

Undeterred that I couldn’t mimic the sound of the bears’ favorite food, we still managed to witness some furry beasts close to our vehicle. This handsome fellow glanced our way while he was out for a stroll.

A young bear with a vivid white coat was only brave enough to venture as close as a distant boulder. He stood his ground, finally climbed on top of the rock, and then turned his back to us. OK, we can take a hint!

This grumpy older one got roused from slumber because of the rover’s noise, and quickly scooted away for a less visible and quieter spot.

There was no way that this bear was going to stir from his cozy bed. He made it clear, “Move along people, I’m not here to entertain you!”

Ah, but one furball kindly posed long enough for me to take a proper portrait. (To emphasize the beautiful detail of the fur, I dropped the saturation and applied a Topaz Adjust filter to the image.) Isn’t this bear handsome?!

Bits of sleet were already coming down and a wintery front was predicted to arrive just in time for our evening tundra rover trip. We saw something both magical and hilarious at the beginning of the ride. You will not want to miss my next post!


  1. Wow these are just amazing. What an experience to see nature at it's best.

  2. Awesome photos....from what was a thrilling experience.

  3. What an amazing and awesome creature. The bears and your photos are beautiful.

  4. Oh, Donna! These pictures are wonderful! I'm so glad you got to experience such a wonderful vacation and thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with all of us.

  5. I love the portrait. It is beautiful image.

  6. Donna, Love the Polar Bear Pics!!!!!!! That last pic is amazing!! Can't wait to see your next post!


  7. Girl, these have to be among your most stunning and breathtaking pictures EVER. Not just the magnificent subject matter, but the emotion with which you infuse the whole experience. These are marvelous! Thank you so much for your diligence in sharing! xoxo

  8. They are just beautiful and magnificent.

    I especially get a kink out of the one, who was not, not, not going to get up and "entertain." -chuckle-

  9. WoW Donna!!! What it must have felt like to see them...for Real!
    Your photos are Always beautiful!
    Can't Wait!


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