When we first arrived at Churchill, it was cold and very windy. When the tundra rover took us out to polar bear country, we saw numerous ponds scattered across the tundra and most were partially frozen. The landscape was a gorgeous patchwork of browns and russet textures. A few pine trees survive in this climate, and those that do are midgets compared to those in southern climates. The most prominent feature across the barren countryside is the shrub willow, and it tends to form wild hedges wherever it sprouts, particularly along pond banks.
Polar bear sightings were easy once we concentrated on finding the “white dots” in the distance. We saw an incredible 19 bears in one day!
Before the storm, most of our furry friends were located too far away to clearly photograph. However, my long-range images are always good candidates for creating watercolor pictures!
We were ecstatic with the abundance of the bears, and cheered whenever a few decided to come close to the tundra rover.
Come on and visit with us, big guy!
Hey, don’t walk away! Stay around for a while because my blogging friends want to meet you!
I asked our guide what sound a ringed seal makes, and I got a dirty look instead of an answer. Darn it all, LOL!
[to be continued]