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Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/400, f/4, +2 exposure compensation, ISO 400

A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) sniffs the water for scents. Possessed of an excellent sense of smell, it is reported that polar bears can follow the scent of seals located twenty miles away. During Fall, polar bears congregate along Arctic Ocean beaches to scavenge food as well as await the formation of sea ice.

Below is a video I created of the polar bears of Kaktovik, Alaska….

The mirror-like reflection of the polar bear reminds me of the Greek myth of Narcissus, a handsome hunter who disdained the love and admiration of others. Finally Narcissus received his comeuppance when he was attracted to a still mirrored pool. Spying his own glorious reflection, Narcissus fell in love with his own image. Unable to part from the image he loved, Narcissus died gazing at himself.

A bit like Narcissus, I could gaze at polar bears without regard to time, losing myself in the moment.

Currently polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable. Threats to their existence include hunting and loss of habitat.

Kaktovik, Alaska, located on Barter Island on the shore of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean, USA

October 20, 2011

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polar bear, bear, white, arctic, alaska, ice, polar, nature, wildlife, gina ruttle, whalegeek, kaktovik, arctic ocean, reflection, water, winter

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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Comments

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 2 years ago

    absolutely beautiful Gina!

  • Hi, Jenny! Thank you so much! Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    What a fabulous capture. Gorgeous work.

  • Hi, Bunny! I appreciate your kind words! Thank you so much….G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wadeover 2 years ago

    magnificent

  • Thank you, Mark! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Big DOUBLE wow!!! :O))) Looks very cold! We are having a blizzard! hope your family is ok! Have a good one! Me??? I am snuggling down for a LONG winters nap! After I shovel us out in the morning! ;oPP) hugs!@ Linda

  • Oh dear, I hope you are all dug out, Linda. That storm packed quite a wallop. Enough already of Old Man Winter showing up uninvited and so early. Bundle up and keep warm! Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture! ….are your photos published anywhere? They should be!! Beautiful image!!
    ~Kim

  • Kim, you are good for one’s soul…:-)) Thank you for your very kind words. They brought a smile to my face. Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Such a wonderful portrait.
    They are magnificent animals and you captured this so well

  • Thank you so much! Polar bears are indeed magnificent animals. My time spent with them was a special moment for me. Glad you stopped by…G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Tim Scullion
    Tim Scullionover 2 years ago

    Sublime; hope you’re not getting to close to Narcissus . . .

  • :-)) Tim, there is no way on earth I’d go near a polar bear without a quick escape route. When some bears decided to swim toward my tiny boat we had to make a bit of racket to dissuade them from climbing onto the boat. Otherwise I’d be polar bear pizza…:-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Stunning image, Gina! What a beautiful animal. I thought of Narcissus when I saw this, and then I read in your description what you said about the myth! Great minds think alike!

  • Yes, Dot, great minds do think alike….:-)) Hugs to you, sweet Dot! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Stunning capture Gina.

    Cheers Jude

  • Jude, thank you very much for your kind comment! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your artwork has been featured in the
    Nature’s Wonders group.!!

  • Thank you for this honor! Doing the Happy Dance as I pen this response…:-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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