Northern Reflection

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Canon 40D with EF70-200 f2.8 IS lens @200mm
1/1000sec f5 ISO 640

43 favorites, 680 views as at April 11th 2012

WINNER of the Wild and Free Challenge in the Awesome Animal Kingdom Group

WINNER of the Nature’s Mirror… # 005 Challenge in the Featured For A Challenge Group

JOINT WINNER of the Less than 5000 views next challenge in the 5000+ Views Group

WINNER of the Avatar Challenge in the Just Pure Nature Group

WINNER of the Best of Winter/Autumn Challenge in the Mother Nature’s Finest Group

WINNER of the Canadian Artists Avatar Challenge in the Canadian Artists Group

JOINT WINNER of the Bear & Monkey Voucher Challenge
in the Awesome Wild Animal & Underwater Kingdom Group

2nd Place in the Baby It’s Cold Outside Challenge in the America the Beautiful Group

2nd Place in the Q is for Quadrapeds Challenge in the Alphabet Soup Group

2nd Place in the Snow along our shores challenge Challenge in the Beach, River and Lake Treasures Group

3rd Place in the Reflection Challenge in the Power of Photography Group

3rd Place in the Absolute Perfection 1+1 Challenge in the #1 Favorites Group

3rd Place in the Something Chilly Challenge in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

Featured in “Canon DSLR” January 2012
Featured in “Just Fun” January 2012
Featured in “The Addicted Photographer” January 2012
Featured in “Your Country”s Best" January 2012
Featured in “Absolute Clarity” January 2012
Featured in “Inspired Art” January 2012
Featured in “Shameless Self-Promotion” January 2011
Featured in “Live, Love, Dream” January 2012
Featured in “Colour and Light” January 2012
Featured in “Closeups in Nature” January 2012
Featured in “Americas~Rural, Urban, Wild and Free” January 2012
Featured in “For the Love of Animals” January 2012
Featured in “Mother Nature’s Finest” January 2012
Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” January 2012
Featured in “The World As We See It or as we missed it” January 2012
Featured in “The Photographers Vault” January 2012
Featured in “Let Animals Stay Free” January 2012
Featured in “Animals As They Should Be” February 2012
Featured in “Bears of the world” February 2012
Featured in “Alaska ~Beyond your Dreams” March 2012
Featured in “Pacific Northwest Photography & Art" April 2012
Featured in “High Quality Images” May 2012
Featured in “Challenge Winners Vault” May 2012
Featured in “Alphabet Soup” November 2012
Featured in “Going Coastal” November 2012
Featured in “Animal Captions & Confessions” December 2012
Featured in “300 + Go Long” December 2012
Featured in “West Coast States, USA!” December 2012
Featured in “Zingers” January 2013
Featured in “Featured For A Challenge” January 2013
Featured in “The Power of Photography” March 2013

Editors choice for Animal Photo Of The Week – in the World As We See It, or as we missed it Group – 9th-15th January 2012

A female Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) walking along the shoreline of the Beaufort Sea and using her keen sense of smell in searching for her next meal. Photographed near Kaktovik, Alaska, USA

The village of Kaktovik is situated on Barter Island, a small island 3 miles by 2 miles just off the arctic coastline from ANWR. The island has a large saltwater lagoon located on the east side which provides sheltered anchorage for village fishing vessels.

The village is inhabited by approximately 250 Native Inupiat “Eskimo” people whose subsistence has been dependent on hunting marine mammals and whales for thousands of years and in a tightly controlled hunt permitted by federal law are allowed a harvest quota of three bowhead whales during the hunting season.

The carcasses of the butchered whales are left on the beaches and provide an attractive food source on which polar Bears can scavenge. Pack ice covers this area of the Beaufort Sea surface for 9 months of the year and during this time the bears feed mainly on seals that live under the arctic ice. However in mid summer when the pack ice moves offshore the polar bears are often marooned on shore where food sources are limited. The bears often therefore enter the fall season hungry and have keyed into the valuable food source provided by the carcasses of he butchered whales.

At the present time polar bears are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources as “Vulnerable”

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