Some Bears, Polar and Grizzly

pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooterwestern IndianaPosts: 14,427Super Moderators moderator
edited August 8, 2016 in Wildlife
My spouse and I attended two Muench workshops this summer chasing bears. In June we travelled to Svalbard to photograph polar bears and other arctic wildlife. After returning home from Norway, about three weeks later, we flew to Whitehorse Yukon Territory, and tried to photograph some grizzly bears in British Columbia.

I have never been on the ground only 15-20 feet from grizzly bears before, and was surprised that the bears did not seem threatening or alarmed by our proximity.

The polar bears were photographed from shipboard or from a zodiac, and the distances were a bit more, probably 30 meters at the closest.

One thing I learned was that bears yawn when they are feeling anxious, and I have images of both breeds doing that. So getting close to bears does influence their composure.


Lets go for a swim..... at 1:00 am in the morning
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On the ice
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We also saw a few puffins
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And a few arctic terns
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and maybe a gannet or two as well
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a grizzly
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Mama swimming with two cubs
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and even a few deer
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Well, Hello!!
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We also did see some ice in the arctic circle as well
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Comments and criticisms are heartily encouraged
Pathfinder - www.pathfinder.smugmug.com

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