In The Far North… Polar Bears Day Five

We awoke to blowing wind and snow with temps dipping into the minus with the wind chill. So, with an extra layer or two, off we went for our final day of polar bear photography. Interestingly, two of the same five bears we had photographed for the last couple of days were still hanging around the area and we stopped for a few shots. One bear seemed to want to move on but, the other guy kept cutting off his exit. So, they both laid down for a nap. We decided to let sleeping bears lie and moved on. There seemed to be some activity at Gordon Point so we headed in that direction and found two Arctic Foxes curled up in the snow. They would look up occasionally and then tuck their noses back into their tails to get out of the blowing snow. We waited for about an hour when one finally got up, stretched, pooped and then rolled in the snow. Shutters were clicking like mad all the while…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

After both foxes had moved on we did too in search of more subjects. The cold weather was finally beginning to get the winter freeze on the bay and the bears were beginning to congregate along the shore. They would wander for a bit, looking out to the open water, then lay down as they waited for the first opportunity to move out on to the ice for the winter. We spent the afternoon working the bears, enjoyed a nice break for lunch where Bob surprised us with a lovely wine and cheese snack and then began our bumpy journey back towards the buggy launch. As we neared our final destination, one last bear headed our way and we stopped for a few last clicks…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

All too soon our time in Churchill has drawn to an end. It has been an amazing week with more bear sightings than I can remember from past years and a great variety of other subjects to aim our lenses at. Just before packing my camera away, I couldn’t help but make one last click, a fitting end to an incredible journey…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

As we arrived at the buggy launch and gave our thanks to Buggy Bob, my thoughts are already turning to next year. Many thanks to our intrepid buggy driver, “Buggy Bob”, the best guide in all of Churchill and to a fun loving group of fellow adventurers whose enthusiasm helped to make it a week to remember.

If you are interested in joining me on an adventure of a lifetime photographing the great white bears of the north drop me a line.