Miles to go before they sleep by Owed to Nature

Miles to go before they sleep by 

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

With miles to go before they sleep,
Do we not have promises to keep?

To experience late fall in Cape Churchill is to wander between hope and promise. For the few humans who make the journey, we hope to see polar bears in all their natural majesty. The land and its special creatures readily fulfill their promise. But for the many bears who gather here, following footsteps left by their ancestors throughout the centuries, they hope the promise of ice comes in time to beckon them onto frozen sea… their only hope for sustaining the simple promise of life.

For simple, everyday tips on How to Live Greener and help renew a promise to the future of the polar bear, please visit Polar Bears International website.

I’m donating 50% of profits from all sales of my Cape Churchill images to Polar Bears International.

Canon EOS 300D (the original Digital Rebel) with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, Exposure 1/400 sec at f/7.1, ISO 400
Handheld with beanbag support
And yes, all survived and performed in temps below –20ºF/–30ºC

Thank You… 2133 views as of November 7 2012

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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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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 4 years ago

    Aww, wonderful shot!! so cute… :)

  • Thank you so much Steppeland!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 4 years ago

    You have the cutes polar bears photos…this one’s outstanding!!!

  • Oh Lorraine, you’re so nice! And I do hope you like them cuz I’m just getting going on my Cape Churchill photos. Even more bears to come…!!! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kathy Cline
    Kathy Clineover 4 years ago

    Just darling….and so far away from me here in sunny south Florida.

  • Thank you Kathy. And yes, extremely far from Florida. I actually grew up in the Miami area. Absolutely nothing from my childhood prepared me for my trip to Cape Churchill! Brrrrrrrrr!!!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Karen!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelover 4 years ago

    just AWESOME!!!

  • Thank you Ann. This image reminds me why I find photography so addictingly fascinating. Took the shot mainly to remember a moment thinking, how interesting can it be with so much blank snow everywhere. Luckily my camera is wiser than I am. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosover 4 years ago
  • Oh Richard, thank you and the group so very much for this feature! Greatly appreciate the recognition and the chance it gives these beautiful creatures’ image to speak for themselves in challenging times.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 4 years ago

    i’ve such respect and compassion for the polar bears. thank you.

  • Thank you Sally. I’m touched to hear that. After the privilege of seeing them in the wild, I cannot help but feel the same way. Can only hope enough others share your sentiments so we make a difference in time to preserve their future.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Awesome work…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thank you so much Larry for your kind comment and fave!

    – Owed to Nature

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Always many thanks to you Andrea!

    – Owed to Nature

  • KMorral
    KMorralover 4 years ago

    Subjects in black and white

  • Thank you very much!

    – Owed to Nature

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