The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is… ONE LOVE. Oh. My. Goodness. Seriously, just the ONE?
Fortunately I was able to find one photo from my holiday archives which encompassed MANY of my One Loves. How very lucky am I, lol?
My one MAIN love is naturally my family and on this particular occasion I was able to combine my love for my family with my love of travel with my love of seeing animals in their natural environment. In particular, these Polar Bears.
What I loved about this capture was how the mother bear as she played with her cub, appeared to give me that knowing look, of one mother to another, as if to say “what do you do?” It was such a powerful, incredible moment – the power of love!
When I read Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge this week was going to be WHITE I knew immediately what I wanted to post. Memories from just over a year ago came flooding back as if it was yesterday.
As we sat in the comfort and security of our Arctic Crawler, we witnessed one of Mother’s Natures most glorious creations simply being… a mother polar bear and her cub playing. My goodness, it really doesn’t get much better then that!
This week’s One Word (weather themed) Photo Challenge is… COLD. And nothing says cold quite like a polar bear with snow flakes falling on it.
This polar bear cub along with his mother were the first Polar Bears we saw last November. When the two of them strolled up to our tundra vehicle we thought it was Christmas. That was until snowflakes began falling from the sky, then it really was Christmas.
When we were in Churchill, Manitoba last year I must have taken 1,000’s of photos of JUST the polar bears. Now whenever I scroll through them it’s like looking at them for the first time. Just giving you a heads up, that’s all, lol! 🙂
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m MORE than happy with the camera lenses I currently have, but on a couple of occasions up in Churchill we parked behind what we assumed were professional photographers and oh, the lenses they did carry!
The lenses these people had strung around their necks were just the tip of the iceberg. Lying in their vehicles were more, so much more. It was one photographer per vehicle due to all this equipment!
Initially when I saw the size of these lenses I gulped, swallowing a little bit of envy but for all the fuss and bother these photographers had to go through, I much preferred our mode of travel and am MORE than happy with my photographs.
As we watched these photographers shimmy on their bellies, closer to the sleeping polar bears in order to get THE, an entire bus-load of people were thinking… “mum, how much longer?”
A Polar Bear of course!
Churchill, Manitoba is on the migration path of the mighty Polar Bear so it’s not uncommon to see them walking the streets. Even during our brief time there, a Polar Bear had wandered into town one morning sending our group into a flutter.
Polar Bears are trapped in town then taken to the Polar Bear Holding Facility, a re-purposed aircraft storage hanger able to house up to 28 bears at once. At most the bears stay no longer than 30 days before being airlifted outside of Churchill.
The bears are tranquilized inside the holding facility before being taken out to the helicopter for transportation to a remote area outside of Churchill.
Kudos to those in charge of relocating these bears as I don’t care how many tranquilizers these bears are given, all the while I’d be thinking… “mum, how much longer?”
Sometimes during our time out on the Arctic Tundra I’d have to pinch myself to remind me this was not a dream.
It was real life and there really were Polar Bears just meters away loving each other just as we loved each other like a family.
It was moments like this that had me wiping away a quiet tear, reminding me yet again how lucky I am to not only have this opportunity to witness such once-in-a-lifetime moments, but to be seeing it with my family.
I am truly blessed and gives thanks each and everyday for the life we live as the only certainly is the uncertainly of… “mum, how much longer?”
Maybe I’m just being a girl but seriously, put that tongue away. Some things really should remain a mystery!
It’s said that blue-purple color of their tongue is in-fact the same color of their skin but because of the density of their fur we’re unable to see this.
Given the size of these magnificent beasts I’m going to take this as fact ’cause if I had to check it out for myself you’d be asking over and over again… “mum, how much longer?”