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King Of The Arctic by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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Standing guard over its lean summertime meal of one unfortunate seal, this polar bear awaits the coming of the ice, a time of plenty for the bear.

This was a very lucky encounter to have with a polar bear. Spotting the bear from a zodiac watercraft, our group was able to watch the bear safely from a very close distance as it consumed what was left of its seal meal. Most of the polar bear I saw in the area around Baffin Island were very skittish, apparently because the bear are hunted by native people in this area.

Button Islands (just south of Baffin Island), Nunavut, Canada.

July 24, 2006.

Canon 10D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/1000, f/9.5, exposure bias -0.50, focal length 75mm, ISO 200.

It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Amazing capture- how wonderful x

  • Thank you ever so much, AnitaInverarity!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture; outstanding clarity. Great work.

  • Thank you, Lisawv! Your kind comments are appreciated!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • blamo
    blamoover 5 years ago

    Sounds like an Amazing Adventure

  • Oh, it was, blamo. This polar bear was certainly a highlight for this bear lover.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Albert Dickson
    Albert Dicksonover 5 years ago

    Spectacular photograph.

  • Thank you, Albert! Glad you liked it.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • bev langby
    bev langbyover 5 years ago

    absolutly magnificent , WOW

  • Thank you, Bev. This was a memorable encounter.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • OldBirch
    OldBirchover 5 years ago

    An incredible shot! You were close!

  • Yes, we were quite close but thankfully there was some water between our little boat and this bear. Glad you liked the image, OldBirch (I really like your nom de plume)!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • ralph arce
    ralph arceover 5 years ago

    Majestic. :)

  • Thank you, Raphael!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 5 years ago

    Stunning work! well done!

  • Thank you, mags! Happy you enjoyed it.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenover 5 years ago

    Fantastic. Much better seeing bears like this than from behind a glass wall. Love it.:)

  • Yes, I agree with you, Ann. It is always refreshing to see animals wild and free. Thanks for your support!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A wonerful capture – - – so beautiful!!!!!

  • Thank you, dear lorilee!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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