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It’s cold in November at Cape Churchill in Canada. And for a polar bear mom and her 2 cubs (Ursus maritimus) there’s nothing to do but wait for it to get colder and once again freeze Hudson Bay. Sea ice is critical. Without it she can’t hunt seals. And no seals, no food. With the spring thaw coming earlier, the fall freeze later each year, that’s too long for growing numbers of bears to hold out…

So as the sun grows weaker and the night gets colder, she cradles her cubs and raises a hopeful eye to sea as if to cast a wish that they see their first winter.

Canon EOS 300D (the original Digital Rebel) with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, ISO 200, 1/125 sec at f/5.6

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For the holidays, this image is also available as a seasonal greeting card

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Thank you Janice!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    LOVE! Such Amazing Beauty! So Lucky! One day I will get to meet these amazing beauties!

  • Thanks Rose. Lake of the Woods sounds like a wonderful place to live. And, from there, looks like if you head straight north, you’d land in polar bear country along Hudson Bay and get your wish! I’ll keep fingers crossed for you. They’re a thrill to see in person.

    – Owed to Nature

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in the group,we hope you will now consider adding this image to our Featured Only Avatar Challenge

  • Thank you so very much for featuring my image from Cape Churchill. Always a thrill to have work recognized but particularly so when it can remind us of special places and amazing creatures whose future is shaped by many simple choices we make each and every day.

    – Owed to Nature

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, they are adorable, love the lighting!

  • Thank you. I wish could take credit for setting up such perfect lighting but it literally was a gift that just fell out of the sky. And the bears, well, they’re just naturally and eternally adorable. Especially cubs! I’m such a sucker for baby critter…

    – Owed to Nature

  • Regina Brandt
    Regina Brandtabout 4 years ago

    So sweet! Like the way you captured the light in this!

  • Thank you Regina. But there’s no secret or talent to my technique on this shot: watch in amazement, click shutter release often! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ladymoose
    Ladymooseabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous and adorable!!!…love the lighting and the info….Susan

  • Polar bears are incredible animals and Cape Churchill is a magical place. I know I was quite lucky to share time with them there so I now feel compelled to pay it forward by sharing their images and, more importantly, their story. Thank you so much Susan for looking and listening.

    – Owed to Nature

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    stunning capture !!LIz

  • Thank you very much Liz!

    – Owed to Nature

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    I understand perfectly about ‘perfect’ lighting, it’s something we can’t control but God turns it on for us!

  • None of my shots moments before or after had quite the same light. Mother bear knew the perfect moment to turn her head. Alas, all out of our control but then, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    – Owed to Nature

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    You got that right, it makes these very special moments in time! Thanks for sharing!

  • My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it and took the time to share your insights. Thanks!

    – Owed to Nature

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