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An Arctic Wolf hiding in the trees.

Able to tolerate years of sub-zero temperatures, up to five months of darkness a year, and weeks without food, the arctic wolf lives in one of the few places on earth where it is safe from the greatest threat of all – man. Arctic wolves inhabit some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world. In April, the air temperature rarely rises above -22° F. The ground is permanently frozen. The arctic wolf is one of the few mammals that can tolerate these conditions. Details of the animal’s life through much of the year are virtually unknown. Wolves in general have been under threat throughout history. The arctic wolf is the only subspecies still found over the whole of its original range. This is largely because it rarely encounters humans.

Canon 50D, EF 100-400mm@400, f5.6, 1/640, ISO 1600

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  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    You got a shot of the arctic wolf?! You are my HERO!!! Everytime I go there…I never see them. Great shot…absolutely spectacular capture! Now I know what they look like LOL! :o)

  • Thank you very much Dana! Your comment and fav mean so much :) I think the trick for seeing them is to come right before the get fed. They were pretty active and keeping an eye on the elk on the other side of the ravine. We were told that they’re getting 4 more this fall so we’ll be going back to see the new additions.

    – Micci Shannon

  • Ian Coyle
    Ian Coyleover 4 years ago

    I like the fresh blood on its snout

  • Does add something to his look, doesn’t it :)

    – Micci Shannon

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97over 4 years ago

    Thank you for entering this great art in The Welcome to Washington (The State) Group.

  • Thank you Debbie!!

    – Micci Shannon

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature, stunning capture.

  • Thanks so much Andrea!

    – Micci Shannon

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Micci- what a lovely capture- I adore these guys.

  • I do too Rose. There is just something about them that gets deep inside me and stays there. I even have two wolves tattooed on my back. ;) Thank you so much for your comment and fav. Means so much coming from you :)

    – Micci Shannon

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    excellent capture Micci :-)

  • Thank you so much Michael! Your work has been very inspiring. Mine isn’t anywhere near as good, but I’m trying! ;)

    – Micci Shannon

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    stunning shot

  • Thank you so much Martina :)

    – Micci Shannon

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Oh how fantastic – just love this view from between the trees.

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Micci Shannon

  • Rick Montgomery
    Rick Montgomeryover 4 years ago

    great shot!

  • Thanks so much Rick!

    – Micci Shannon

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    so lovely capture….

  • Thank you very much Antanas :)

    – Micci Shannon

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