Alaska polar bear cub playing on ice

January 30th, 2017 by Carl D
Playful young polar bear cub rolling on snow and ice. ANWR, Alaska.
Playful young polar bear cub rolling on snow and ice. As the Beaufort Sea begins to freeze up in the fall the bears get antsy, looking forward to returning to their hunting grounds on the frozen ocean. Ursus maritimus, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Alaska. Click the image to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Few things are as cute as polar bear cub playing on the snow and ice. This young fella, and his siblings, were having a ball on this particular day. They’d just had a few days of harsh steady high winds and nobody likes that.

The snow fell and after the winds died down everybody was keen to enjoy it. The bears played, the photographers fired away and and it couldn’t have been better.

As fall arrives in the arctic the bears look forward to returning to the sea ice where they can again hunt their favored prey, seals. As a photographer we copy from them. Their patience in awaiting conditions is what we do too. Sit tight and wait. Sometimes we wait and wait. Sometimes it comes together right as we step outside. But soon enough it does come together.

The trick is being ready at that particular point in time.



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