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Ursus maritimus, Cape Churchill, Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada
I call him yoga bear after seeing him “work out” in the snow in poses that required great strength, flexibility (and humor). After lunging head first into deep snow, his head would appear to reappear, to both our and his surprise, behind him. After a moment for him to ponder (and for us to laugh at) his predicament, he struggled through the snow to emerge triumphant, shake off the snow and repeat his unique yoga routine.

This character in white fur has more poses in the calendar Yoga Bear where this is February’s image. You can also find all images of this guy, by using this link to Yoga Bear images.

Shot using:
Canon EOS 300D (the original Digital Rebel)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
And yes, both survived and performed even as temps dipped to -22F/-30C degrees!

Featured in the groups
Animal Captions & Confessions February 23 2012
A Place to Start February 20 2014

Top Ten Challenge Winner
Challenge Accepted Stuck! March 2012
Absolute Clarity Upside down January 2013
The Addicted Photographer Animals at Play November 2013
Local Critters Snow Fun at all… February 2014
A Place to Start I Want to Win a Challenge March 2014

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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  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...over 4 years ago

    Amazing, a FANTASTIC capture !!

  • He’s by far the most memorable individual I think I’ll ever meet on my travels. I still don’t know how he got into or out of some of his poses… Thank you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 4 years ago

    fantastic image !!!!

  • Thank you Louise!
    p.s. I do enjoy your perspective. Your images express such a personal, gentle touch.

    – Owed to Nature

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!

  • Thank you very much Joycee.

    – Owed to Nature

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 3 years ago

    He looks like he’s having a blast! Amazing photography, Sylvia!

  • Thank you Deb! And from what I saw, though he didn’t say the words, could tell he was having a great time! He repeated his unique routine of diving, rolling, twisting in the snow 3 times before heading for a soft snowbank to tuck into for well-deserved nap. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago


  • MANY Thanks Laura for featuring this wonderful creature and his antics! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...about 3 years ago

    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ ˚ .ღ 。
    /▌˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…just sprinkling a little Love on your page. ~♥~˚ ✰* ★
    / \ ˚. ★ ˛ ˚♥ ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ Congratulations wonderful capture and picture precious

  • Many Thanks Bonita! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelalmost 3 years ago


    Congratulations! You are a TOP TEN challenge winner in the CHALLENGE ACCEPTED group!!
    As voted by your member peers, your submission was TOP TEN in the challenge!
    You can also go to message board

    Challenge: Stuck

  • Many Thanks Marcelle for this wonderful news! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Such fun playing in the snow and even better…capturing his antics!

  • Such great comments… Thank you very much Sandra! Greatly appreciated. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 2 years ago

    really nice picture! well done ;)

    Upside down challenge

    please view ans write few words in the topic

  • Thanks Manon for such great news! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 1 year ago

  • Thank you for the wonderful news Karen!

    – Owed to Nature

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