The new year has started with much colder temperatures and light snow from time to time. Currently the temperature range has been in the -15C to -20C range with the wind chill approaching -30C. Sunrise is just past 9am and sunset just after 3:30pm in the afternoon…short days though more than farther Northern arctic communities.
With the new year upon us, I’d like to look back at some of the fantastic photo’s in two or three parts from polar bear season and recap some of the highlights as we sit back while the bears are out on the ice gaining sustenance. I will present the pics in order of what I thought were most incredible. Ok, here we go.
These three photo’s have to be shown together in sequence to get a complete grasp on the encounter’s intensity. These were taken by Curtis Bouvier who is the nephew of good friend and long -time rover driver and tundra lodge manager Ed Bouvier. Ed has left Churchill while his nephew drove a rover this past season. These are truly unique and rare photo’s as this scene has not been seen by anyone I have been in contact with who lives or works in Churchill.
In a season when the snow and cold stayed away early on, bears were viewed in a different light…such as this magnificent aura framing the bear. Sometimes, the contrast of the darker tundra can allow for more crisp shots without the glare of total white.
Another by Natural Habitat guide Colby Brokvist. This one illustrates just how soft those Northern rocks (not Eric) are…it’s a little known fact.
Our final photo for this segment is one by Natural Habitat Guide Paul Brown. This huge male perched in Precambrian shield granitoid rocks, feels solid and heavy. The shapes of the rocks juxtaposed against the mammoth bear are reminiscent of the iconic Henry Moore bronze abstract sculptures.