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Ursus maritimus, Cape Churchill, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
A child’s curiosity is essential in spurring them on to learn by observing and mimicking their mothers. Polar bear cubs are no exception. With their extremely well-developed sense of smell – they can sniff out seals buried in snow up to 1 mile (1.6 km) away – they need to learn as much through their nose as they do their eyes. This little guy is eager to learn all about new smells. Mum, on the other hand, isn’t quite ready for his next lesson. She just needs to wash her hands.

Shot using:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel (the original!)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens

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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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  • George Wheelhouse
    George Wheelhousealmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot. Lovely moment. Looks great on black.

  • Thank you George!
    I confess, love seeing and playing with all the product preview options. I like this one on black too. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago

    WOW!! So very adorable…I love it!

  • Thank you Cee. Adorable is the perfect description for this cub. Saw him and his mum several times. Can’t tell from just his nose here, but he was just the roundest, cutest thing. We named him Roly Poly.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, what a great moment you managed to capture here.

  • Thank you Jan. Such a wonderful comment! I really do appreciate it. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Willem Hoekstra
    Willem Hoekstraalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot, fantastic! well done

  • Thank you very much Willem!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Ray!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Cathie Trimble
    Cathie Trimblealmost 4 years ago

    Breathtaking. what an awesome shot. Great capture :)

  • Thank you for such wonderful comments! Very much appreciated. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaalmost 4 years ago


    Theme: LOVERS (and Love’s little Joys)
    15 Feb 2011*

  • Oh my, quite a big joy for me! Thank you and the group so much for this feature. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Many more thanks to you Ray for this feature and fav!

    – Owed to Nature

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, great work and well earned.

  • Thank you very much Andrea!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonalmost 4 years ago

    congrats on your challenge win!! Well done!

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