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Polar Bear In Svalbard

I have made at least six trips to Svalbard.  Svalbard is a territory of Norway in the polar circle.  We normally board a ship there and spend at least ten days exploring the area.  Part of the mission on the trip is to photograph polar bears.  This is one Polar Bear we tracked for a while.  You can search this site for Polar Bear and find more photographs of thse magnificent creatures.

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Polar Bears Jumping

I presume you may know that I also run workshops to amazing locations all around the world.  You can find these workshops at Rockhopper Workshops.  One of the places we visit is the Arctic and what an amazing place it is.  These two polar bears were photographed on one of my Svalbard workshops a few years ago.  On these workshops, we sometimes drive our small ship deep into the arctic ice and search for polar bears.  We get real close and shut the engines down and drift and if we are lucky polar bears come to us.  This polar bear was photographed from about fifty feet off of the ship.  The bear was jumping from ice flow to ice flow and sometimes even swimming.  These are magnificent animal.s

I still have room on my August 2020 workshop and info can be found at Rockhopper Workshops.  Maybe you’d consider joining us.

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Polar Bear On Ice

I have had the chance to photograph Polar Bears several times and they are just magnificent animals.  On one trip we pushed way far into the ice, turned the engines off and drifted for a few days and let the bears come to us.  Sometimes we had a few bears around the ship.  They were as curious as we were.  This is a bear who was quite active.  He was jumping between chunks of ice.  Shot with a Nikon D800.

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Polar Bear On The Edge

A few years ago I made my first journey to the Svalbard area in the Artic Circle.  It was my first opportunity to photograph Polar Bears.  And, it was an experience I won’t forget.  I have been back several times and have loved photographing these incredible animals.  The Polar Bear though is in trouble for numerous reason.  I have spent time learning about this and making friends with a number of experts on the topic.  This image I think tells a story.  It expresses well what is happening.  The bear is at the edge of the ice looking off and this symbolizes what the bears are facing.  Shrinking ice packs and with it a challenge for them to survive.  I call this image Polar Bear On The Edge.  I think the bird at the top really adds to the image.

 

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Polar Bear On A Kill

Polar Bear On A Kill
Polar Bear On A Kill

This is sight that one doesn’t get a chance to see everyday.  Some people may be disturbed by it, but it is nature at work.  This was shot just about 10 days ago on our Svlabard Photography Workshop.  The location of the shot can be viewed on a hap HERE.  This bear was quite content with letting us take pictures.  I like the Arctic Gull in the shot too.  They say if you can see these gulls then there must be a bear close by.

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Classic Polar Bear

Classic Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway
Classic Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway

Before I start publishing a lot of the other wildlife images from this trip and some amazing other Polar Bear photos, I thought I would tease with one that is just a classic pose.  This Polar bear let us photograph her for almost two hours.  She was on a fresh kill.  It was one of the best two hours I have ever spent shooting.  I’ll publish more images over the coming days.

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Jumping Polar Bear

Jumping Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway area
Jumping Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway area

I made my first visit to the northern pole regions of our planet this past August.  What an incredible trip.  I plan to take two small boat expeditions there next July.  This is an image from one of the 15 polar bear encounters we had during this trip.  Just amazing animals.  Especially when you see the way they live.

 

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Polar Bear Jumping

Polar Bear Jumping, August 2013
Polar Bear Jumping, August 2013

When we traveled into the ice pack at 82.34 degrees last week we experienced a lot of polar bears.  It is so hard to believe in the desolate environment there was so much life.  Here’s a shot of one of the polar bears we encountered as it jumps from one ice berg to another.   And, just to be clear this is ice pack ice that has broken up and is not an ice berg broken off of a glacier.  These bears roam the ice pack hunting for seals.  They jump, walk or swim to get where they need to go.