A familiar question from a tired little one… “Are we there yet?” This polar bear cub dutifully trailed behind his mom through icy eskers and snow-covered tundra but when she paused for the slightest moment, he plopped himself down, made it clear he was tired and had no intention of taking another step. But their journey here will continue until the bay freezes and releases them onto their winter hunting grounds of sea ice.

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, Manitoba, Canada
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

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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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  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 3 years ago

    When I saw that one above in the banner…I knew it was yours!!! fav…love polar bears!

  • My uploads these days keep jumping around from place to place, mainly because of challenges I want to enter. But then, I guess my wanderings don’t fool you… Awwww, you got me! Thanks Lorraine. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkeralmost 3 years ago

    Great capture, he sure is cute!!

  • Thank you very much Kathleen. I’m a softy when it comes to all sizes of polar bears but the cubs – especially cuties like this – get me every time. So glad to share and get your wonderful comments. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantalmost 3 years ago

    awsome shot. great title too

  • Many Thanks John for your lovely comments, support and fave! So appreciate each one. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture of a beautiful animal as always Sylvia. Love your short story. Hope it had a happy end ;)

  • Oh, Thank You Jan for kind words and concern. That year (2006) the bears found ice. Cape Churchill was literally freezing cold as we left. But I remember what our guide warned… the smallest, cutest cubs usually don’t make it though an unforgiving arctic winter. And this guy was pretty cute so I hope his mom was an exceptional hunter who fattened him up the moment they hit the ice. I know that area struggles with a marked decline in their polar bear population. Last year ice came very late. This is one place where I cheer for the inhospitable hold of winter.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Marie Brown ©
    Marie Brown ©almost 3 years ago


  • WOW, Thank You so very much Marie! …Sylvia

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    25 September 2011 – 1 image per day

    Lovely capture!

  • THANK YOU Konstantinos!

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  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 3 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Many Thanks Vadim!

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  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago

  • Wow! Thank you for the honor Laura!

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  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago

  • How thrilling!! I could say it again and again… Wow!! Thank you for the honor Laura!! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 3 years ago

    Or, I’VE HAD IT! Fine shot of this cottonball. Years ago, my father-in-law led a birding & general wildlife trip to Churchill. We could have gone but didn’t; have regretted it ever since!

  • Many thanks Sheila. I’ll keep fingers crossed you get to go someday. If it’s any consolation, I’m guessing had you gone then, you wouldn’t have seen this guy’s frozen wonderland. At the time of year we visited, it’s too cold for birds or much else at Cape Churchill. Just bears. But then that’s just perfect if you ask me! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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