Polar Bear by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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

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

A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) climbs up a rise on the frozen surface of the tundra. During daylight hours the polar bears in the vicinity of Kaktovik tend to lounge about sleeping. Occasionally one of the bears decides to go for a stroll. That’s when the camera shutters start clicking like machine guns!

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

Kaktovik (Barter Island), Alaska on the shore of the Beaufort Sea (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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    LESLEY Bover 3 years ago

    Absolutly gorgeous capture, wow what an amazing image to get … xox Lesley xox …

  • Lesley, thank you very much! The experience of being in the company of the bears remains with me….G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 3 years ago

    A wonderful picture

  • Thank you very much! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 3 years ago

    Phenomenal shot! I am sooo jealous.

  • David, thank you so much! Have to get you up to see the bears…:-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a beauty! Splendid capture.

  • Bunny, thank you very much! I love bears almost as much as I love whales…:-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    Gina, I want your life!!! hehehe gorgeous!

  • How about I tuck you into my suitcase if I can get back to the bears? :-)) I miss them so. Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahover 3 years ago

    STUNNING capture! I love these majestic animals! We as humans need to do everything we can to restore and preserve their habitat!

  • Hi, Ron! Love your Christmasy avatar…HO HO HO!! Thank you for your kind words. Merry Christmas to you…G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    great image well done Liz))

  • Thank you very much, Liz! Best to you, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, Gina! What a thrill that must have been to photograph this beautiful animal!

  • Hey, sweet Dot, thank you very much! I literally am still finding my mind returning to the bears. I long to visit them again. It was a special experience that I will treasure forever. Hugs to you and Merry Christmas! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Gina! Love the snow on his fur. I’m thinking about going out polar bear hunting (with the camera, of course). I’d appreciate any of your recommendations for good locations! ;o)

  • Thank you, Krys. Hope my suggestions were useful to you. All the best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Gina.

    cheers Jude x

  • Jude, thank you very much! All the best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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