Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Polar Bears
After leaving Denali for the season, after last year's exceptional experience in the Arctic, just had to go again. Never did I think that this year's trip could exceed last year's. On our only morning of the two day trip, we had stunning light and a sow with yearling cubs at very close range.
Seeing polar bears in the wild is extraordinary, but having this polar bear family totally at ease and curious about our presence was just awe-inspiring. While we were out in a boat observing them on a spit, they were curious about us and walked over to our location.
They settled in on a bank and watched us, while we watched them.
As the boat drifted towards the shore, with a super telephoto lens, amazingly I was able to capture full frame shoulder shots of the sow and cubs interacting!
The absolute best viewing of the trip was watching the cub above. He sat up and did a number of unusual hand signals for us. He did this on more than one occasion. I'm planning on doing a composite image with all the different hand signs and call the photograph "The Referee".
After a marathon drive back from Alaska, nice to be back home in Virginia. After being home less than a week, already did a booth in an art festival in Crozet, VA. Doing a studio tour this weekend as well. So, needless to say life rocks. Blue Skies.