Yoga Bear savasana by Owed to Nature

50% of my profits from sales of all Cape Churchill images will be donated to Polar Bears International.

Ursus maritimus, Cape Churchill, Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada

After making us laugh with his invigorating and entertaining display of yoga mixed with gymnastics playing in deep snow, it was sad to see him end his “practice” and prepare for Savasana, relaxation pose. But instead of making me sad, he took my breath away by emerging from the shadows of the willows to find a soft blanket of snow, embraced by a spotlight of brilliant sun, where he laid down his head, warmed my heart and touched my soul.

This bear and his other poses can be seen in the calendar Yoga Bear where this one is December’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) with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, Exposure 1/500 sec at f/8.0, ISO 200

Thank You! 1043 views as of January 25 2012

Featured by the groups
Nature’s Wonders October 19 2010
Mother Nature’s Finest August 14 2011
Nature’s Paintbrush August 14 2011

The #1 Challenge Winner in
Let Animals Stay Free Grizzly Polar Black Brown Bears Nov 2010
Amazing Wildlife Wildlife at Rest (First Place tie) February 2011

Top Ten Challenge Winner in
Just Fun Winter Wonderland December 2010
Wild Nature Photography Wildlife in the Snow Jan 2011
Amazing Wildlife The Most Amazing Bears & Koalas January 2012
A Meaningful Moment Wild Animals November 2012
Serenity Serene, Calm Snow Scenes December 2012
Pictures with the WOW Factor Snowy Scene February 2013

For your Holidays…

’SDuring 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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  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image. Love it.

  • Thanks again. After the tremendous show this bear put on for us, when he walked off, found the only spot highlighted by sun to give us this final pose, he melted my heart. And that took some doing since it was easily 20ºC/-4ºF out there! ;)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    Awww…I almost want to give him a blanket so he stays warm and a nice soft pillow!!! :-D

  • He does look pretty cozy. After the workout he just had, I suspect he slept like a baby and didn’t get a chance to notice a missing pillow or blanket. I’m sure he appreciates your offer. I know I do! ;-) Thanks for your comment and favs.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kate Purdy
    Kate Purdyover 4 years ago

    Amazing and adorable, beautiful natural light…

  • Thank you Kate. I’m inspired by your profile page. Really opens my eyes to a rich culture and way of life so forgotten (dare I say almost unknown) though it’s so close to home. Your passion, dedication and talent really come through with the pictures and words you’ve assembled there. I look forward to reading more at the sites you’ve suggested and looking through the rest of your work. Thanks for enlightening and educating me.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your artwork has been featured in the
    Nature’s Wonders group.!!

  • Thank you and the group so much for this feature!

    – Owed to Nature

  • kevin chippindall
    kevin chippindallover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image. Love it and congrats…cheers kev

  • Thank you very much Kevin.

    – Owed to Nature

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your wonderful feature, brilliant work and well deserved.

  • You really are far too kind. Thank you so much Andrea.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Parnellpictures
    Parnellpicturesover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, love the raw emotion of the bear huddled up for warmth. congrats

  • Thank you so much Tom. I see from your profile that you just joined RedBubble. I’ve been active for almost 2 months now and am so glad I joined. Great community of people, work, ideas and inspiration. Welcome and look forward to seeing more of your work.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 4 years ago

    this is one of those heart stopping images, i luv it

  • I do believe you are right… whenever he chose to walk “into the spotlight” for a nap, he not only made my heart stop but he took my breath away… Thank you Lynda!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithover 4 years ago

    This just made me cry.. so beautiful and so cute.. polar bears are the most lovely creatures, I feel so badly for their plight…. and you have captured a great moment here. You’re so lucky to have seen it, I’m jealous ! Beauty of a photo, well done :)

  • Penny, what a lovely comment! Your turn to touch me, with your words. I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve looked many wild creatures in the eye. But to trade glances with a polar bear was special beyond description. They look back with a thoughtfulness that stirs your soul. And steals your heart.

    You’re so right. So sad their world, their future pays the price for how we’ve changed the balance of Nature. But hopefully enough people like you care enough to make daily decisions that can turn things around before it’s too late.

    Thank you so much for caring about these bears’ plight and for your generous comment.


    – Owed to Nature

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

    Happy Halloween
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Thanks Janice. And again, sorry to play a “trick” on you by forgetting to submit this on time but thanks for your bubblemail “treat” to get me straighten out. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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