Happy Canada Day

Mother polar bears avoid having their cubs swim in the ocean until they have the fat reserves to protect them. Jonathan Hayward photo.

Happy Canada Day from churchillpolarbears.org! Enjoy the day everyone.

Churchill Weekly Photos

 

Check out these two awesome northern images! Some of the most amazing shots come from a landscape so pristine and basic. The sky plays a major role in all these fantastic images and lends a unique feel to each shot. Enjoy the weekend everyone.

 

Three Arctic Images

 

 

 

These three photos from the far north highlight the vastness and mystery of the Arctic and the smallness of a human within the endless landscape.Solitude and quietness are aspects of this land that endure through the ages. This is what draws so many to this magical place…the feeling of being alone and away from all the distractions of feeling and thought.

Churchill is the gateway to the Arctic with the iconic wildlife symbols of this region in the mighty polar bears and ethereal beluga whales gliding effortlessly through the frigid waters of the Hudson Bay. The empty spaces are highlighted with flashes of other wildlife such as migrating birds and Arctic and Red foxes, insects and boreal chorus frogs all softened with an amazing myriad of wildflowers throughout the short summer season. There truly is no place other like the Arctic and sub – Arctic…another world of treasures to be discovered!

Churchill Summer Treasures

Hudson Bay with ice floe in Churchill

Looking through melting ice out onto the Hudson Bay in Churchill. Great White Bear Tours photo.

Beluga whales are returning to the Churchill River and the birds are plentiful in the region these days. The short but rejuvenating Churchill summer season is one of the hidden treasures of the north country on the Hudson Bay. Until you’ve experienced all the wonders of this season in Churchill, you cannot appreciate the endless beauty and discoveries to be made each day..which are “literally endless” in the heart of summer.

Beluga in the churchill River

A majestic beluga signals the season is upon us. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

Bird species begin arriving in spring and then continue filtering in and out throughout the summer. Over 200 species, including the ultra-rare Ross’s gull named after the British Arctic explorer James Clark Ross converge on this majestic feeding and breeding ground. This elusive gull can be sighted sometimes down by the flats on the Churchill River just south of the Port of Churchill. Famous Churchill birder, Natural Habitat Adventures guide and former Churchill Summer co-guide of mine Bonnie Chartier lead a group to a spot on the river once where we discovered the pinkish – bellied bird.

Ross’s Gull in the shallows near Churchill. Wikimedia Commons photo.

 

Ice floe in Churchill

A gorgeous ice-floe rests on the sea bed in Churchill, Manitoba. Great White Bear Tours photo.

The photo opportunities this time of year constantly unveil themselves daily. My favorite time of year is when the ice breaks up and these floes scatter the marine landscape. The colors of the water, rocks and ice all below a brilliant Arctic sky bring new hope and inspiration to Churchillians and those lucky to travel to this wondrous land.

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