Polar bear season in officially begins in October though recent Churchill summers have seen increased numbers in polar bear activity…or “inactivity” as polar bears at this time of year are pretty lethargic in nature. This family of three polar bears was spotted by Churchill local photographer and guide Alex De Vries – Magnifico yesterday while fighting off some pesky bulldog flies. These insects last for about two weeks and then are gone. Sometimes they are chased away inexplicably by a thunder storm.
Unofficially these are the first photos of polar bears in the area since last polar bear season in Churchill this past November. These bears are looking very healthy and ready to withstand the summer and early fall prior to the pack ice forming on the Hudson Bay. This is a good sign for the polar bears of the region!
These five fantastic shots from Alex De Vries – Magnifico highlight the epic sunsets Churchill routinely sees this time of year. Maybe these images convey hope for the residents of Churchill and a solution for the damaged rail line to the south…a silver lining of sorts. Nothing can derail the natural beauty of the Hudson Bay region in Churchill! Enjoy!
Sunset across the Hudson Bay and behind the inukshuk. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Sunset over the spring break – up in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Magnificent sunset over the ice floes in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Wide view of the sunset and inukshuk in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Waning sunset over the ice floes in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
Alex De Vries – Magnifico shot this video last polar bear season in Churchill with his phone camera. What an awesome look at a polar bear family descending the Precambrian Shield in Churchill. It’s somewhat rare to capture a polar bear clan on the move, especially in stormy weather. Churchill can be full of natural wonders and surprises on any given day. Enjoy!
Northern lights shining down on the iconic “Miss Piggy” in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.
The icon of Churchill that is dubbed “Miss Piggy” is photographed year-round with various conditions providing the backdrop. This surreal northern lights image by Alex De Vries – Magnifico just a week ago shows another way to highlight the aurora borealis in Churchill. Enjoy!
These fantastic aurora borealis photos by Churchill photographer Alex De Vries – Magnifico are awesome! Northern lights continue to blaze in the northern sky. Enjoy!