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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) at Cape Churchill, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
Look into the eyes of a polar bear today and come face to face with cold hard facts about the reality of climate change. 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.
50% of profits from all sales of my Cape Churchill images is donated to Polar Bears International.
Canon EOS 300D (original Digital Rebel) with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, Exposure 1/80 sec at f/20, ISO 200

Color treatments in Adobe Lightroom, layered and blended in Photoshop

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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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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    lovely animals, l feel so sorry for them xx

  • You’re so right Lynn. Their challenges are daunting. Such incredible creatures I can only hope more folks feel as you do and make a difference, while we can… Thank you as always for your support and kindness.

    – Owed to Nature

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    Outstanding shot, good lesson which needs constant repeating, Sylvia.

  • Many thanks Sheila. Such magnificent creatures, I’d support and share their message whenever I can. As you know, such challenges face them – and us for that matter – can only hope enough folks listen…

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 2 years ago

    great capture :)

  • Thank you very much Kristina! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ladymoose
    Ladymooseover 2 years ago


  • THANK YOU!!!  ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 2 years ago

    Wow that is a wonderful capture, Sylvia. The clarity is very impressive and the tight composition of this is very striking. What an incredible experience that trip must have been.

  • Thank You Damienne. I was hoping you’d like this one. Bit of a personal challenge. As a straight photograph, wasn’t happy with what I felt were blown highlights on his face. So tried a few techniques and as soon as I turned him “cold,” so appropriately, I felt he was rescued. Brought back some of the natural color in one eye but not all of it. The whites of polar bear eyes can be quite red as they have more surface blood vessels that most mammals to deal with the cold and seeing that up close and in person, always breaks my heart more than I can bear. Puts many things into perspective, spending time in their world…
    And speaking of challenges, I’ve designed some banners for your group so will bubblemail you shortly about that. Always, I value your feedback and greatly appreciate your support..

    – Owed to Nature

  • Soulmaytz
    Soulmaytzover 2 years ago

    LOVE this!!

  • Thank you so very much Tanya. After spending time with polar bears at Cape Churchill, I’m compelled to help them in their struggles with climate change and habitat loss. So I share their images as they speak for themselves far better than I can. So glad his image has touched you too! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    Take a look at this excellent New Yorker cartoon by Gahan Wilson. I bought some notecards with this design. We’re among those ‘awful people’, & proud of it!

  • That’s great! And sadly, probably quite prophetic. But in the meantime, I happy join you in being as awful as possible. ;-) Thanks for sharing Sheila!

    – Owed to Nature

  • LorReflections
    LorReflectionsover 2 years ago

    Fantastic photograph and presentation; great write up. Excellent work all the way around!

  • Thank you Lori. One of the nicest comments! I’m honored and so happy for your lovely words and fave. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    Excellent and poignant with that touch of blue, and thank you for your voice about the changing Arctic wilderness.

  • Many heartfelt Thanks Jan for your gracious comments and kindness with fave and watch. This is one of those images that I never planned or thought I’d make. But I guess sometimes there are things we have to say (or vice versa?) and when I stumbled across that shade of blue … well, it spoke for itself. ;-)
    With a passion for wildness, my heart and mind was captivated by the Bears at Cape Churchill so I’m glad to share their voice. Thrilled and appreciate your visiting and listening. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123over 2 years ago

  • Thank you so very much for your support and Feature Elaine! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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