Playful Polar Bears (26 Week Letter Challenge: P)

 

Playful Polar Bears

 

26 Weeks Letter Challenge

 

 

 

Just ONE love (Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love)

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?

WPC - Love is

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!

 

 

 

 

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: White

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.

Whtie on White

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!

 

 

 

Polar Bear Holding Facility (Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge #32)

After my post this morning of my photo taken during our February snowstorm, I couldn’t resist posting this sign from Churchill, Manitoba last year.

OddBall Polar Bear Holding Facility

It’s not everyday you are standing outside a huge, and I mean ginormous, warehouse which is hosting 29 polar bears awaiting transfer away from the town centre and the people who live there.

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

 

 

 

One Word Photo Challenge: COLD

 

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.

OWPC - Cold

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! 🙂

 

 

Mommy, please won’t you play with me?

 

Black and white or color, this mother and her cub are still the cutest couple.

Polar Bear MM2-12 Color

And no matter how long I stare at this photo though, that cub just won’t bark!

 

 

 

Mommy, won’t you play with me?! (MM2-12)

 

Whilst watching this mother and her cub outside Churchill – Manitoba last November, it was easy to forget the sheer size of these beautiful creatures. As we watched this little one, who compared ONLY to its mother was little, playful little kittens and pups with a twist of toddler came to mind.

Polar Bears MM2-11

Of all the places we have traveled, and all the things we have experienced, seeing the Polar Bears in their natural habitat out on the Arctic Tundra, this will forever be at the top of the list. It was mesmerizing. It was breath-taking.

It was by far the most memorable and amazing experience I’ve ever had (and I’ve white-water rafted the Zambezi River, climbed inside an Egyptian pyramid, slept in a bivouac in the Sahara Desert, dead-anted in Red Square, and let’s not forget that zip-lining in Newfoundland to name but a few!). This however, this I would do again in a heartbeat… who’s with me?

 

 

Lens Envy

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!

Big Lens

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?”

 

Dog Sledding the Arctic Tundra

One evening whilst in Churchill we went Dog Sledding. Some chose to sit this out but we were front and center. Especially when we heard there hadn’t been enough snow to use the snow sleds hence we’d be sitting in carts with wheels!

Having experienced a VERY long dog sled ride in Lapland we already knew just how “rough” those sleds could be so were overjoyed at the prospect of wheels. No, it may not have been visually pleasing but gosh it was comfortable, lol!

The only disappointment of the night was that our ride distance was halved due to a Polar Bear hanging around the sled runs. Additional look-out were posted on the runs for our safety and like all the tour guides of Churchill, each of the mushers carried a rifle.

No matter, we still had a fabulous night and as for the sled ride itself, we could have gone all night. Unlike Lapland were even I had to agree with Miss Five at the time… “mum, how much longer?”

There’s a Bear up There!

A Polar Bear of course!

That's a bear up there!

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?”