Playtime For Polar Bears by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/1000, focal length 400mm, f/4, +1.3 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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

Two rambunctious polar bear cubs playing hard with each other. The naughty twinkle in the larger cub’s eyes brings a smile to my face.

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

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

October 20, 2011

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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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  • Laura  Knight
    Laura Knightabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture……..

  • Laura, thank you very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Gina!

  • Jacqueline, thank you very much! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KBritt
    KBrittabout 3 years ago

    Awesome Gina! I love the patterns of their paw pads!! I envy your location!!! I can only imagine the thrill of seeing these beautiful creatures so closely… Beautiful work! ~kim
    PS I mentioned in a different post that you should be published… and I mean it with all sincerity. I think there are many publications or organizations that would love to use your images to promote protection of these splendid mammals!! …the whales too! : }

  • Thank you for your very kind vote of confidence! You have a good idea, perhaps one that will come to fruition one of these days. I am still working on fleshing out my body of work for bears and whales. There is such a long road ahead of me but I keep trying…:-)). Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Oh, aren’t they just adorable! Love the “smile” on the one sitting up! What a riot! Interesting to see those huge paws!

  • Hey, Dot! The play antics of these two ruffians reminded me of two canine playmates I know. The teasing, sizing each other up and then ferociously rolling about in a white furry ball was a hoot that went on and on and on. Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvabout 3 years ago

    Love this playful capture, they look like they are having fun. Great shot.

  • Lisa, thank you! Polar bear cubrs are like other youngsters; they play hard and then collapse into deep slumber. Thay are so much fun to watch. G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 3 years ago

    Great capture Ms. Gina. I send my regards.


  • Debra, thank you! It’s great hearing from the goddess of abstracts! Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • joak
    joakabout 3 years ago

    this is one of my most fav shots oan red bub…bloody magical

  • Thank you so very much! What a kind thing to say! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    gorgeous capture :)

  • Angie, thank you very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 3 years ago

    Love it!!!!

  • Monica, kind regards!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Such a fabulous capture. It must have been a good trip out for all these great captures. :o)

  • Bunny, thank you. It was indeed a good journey, one that exceeded expectations in many ways…:-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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