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When You Feel Like a Snack
21-NOV-2009 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

When You Feel Like a Snack

...for a wild Polar Bear

The first day on the Tundra Lodge, we were warned not to lean over the railing or allow camera straps to dangle. Very intelligent, some Polar Bears will stand on their hind legs and "almost" reach the windows. Well, that "almost" can be a fake out. To them, the windows in the Lodge are similar to air holes in the ice for Ring Seals. The huge white bears often wait long periods of time for an opportunity to grab their prey. Around the lodge, they have been known to hold back & then suddenly grown several inches to surprise an unsuspecting human looking down to get a look at the standing bear. Those inches could mean a quick grab for the bear and dinner.

Now, to the story behind this photo. While photographing the tundra, I was alone on the back deck. However, I didn't see this bear coming until after he suddenly hit the side of the lodge. He almost reached the deck railing. That was one VERY BIG Polar Bear! Knowing how tall he was and how interested he was in me, I decided not to go for a shot of him reaching almost to the railing. Instead, I waited until he went under me to check out another way to access a prospective meal. He doesn't look very tall in this photo. However standing only half way up, he had his head mashed against the grate in the floor while scenting me.

I wasn't into "Polar Bear through the grate" photos, but this guy finally got my attention. It was heart pumping moment. I'd snapped a quick one of a female the day before through the deck grate on the Polar Rover However, feeling that female's breath on my face was more meaningful to me than any photo. Both that & this were surreal experiences.

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Laura Milholland03-Jul-2015 04:09
Oh, my! A once-in-a-lifetime shot! The image is super and the experience had to be unforgettable.
Sam Rua25-Apr-2010 12:56
Yikes! You certainly are much braver than I am.
Chad Ramsey16-Dec-2009 02:28
Oh my!!! That would be quite intimidating!!! Great shot~V
waterfalls man13-Dec-2009 20:06
Great Capture V !!
Sofia Solomennikova10-Dec-2009 22:43
A great story behind, I am glad it went off well :)
waterfalls man01-Dec-2009 01:54
Great CApture V !!!
January Grey30-Nov-2009 06:49
Wow! That was an exciting encounter! You were smart to stay well out of reach! Maybe next time you should carry a steak with you ;) Great shot, Liz!
marko gregoric30-Nov-2009 05:33
Awesome composition. V.
Hank Vander Velde30-Nov-2009 01:28
Neat capture, great experience Liz.
Larry Peterson29-Nov-2009 18:50
Great capture, Liz.
Peter Stahl29-Nov-2009 16:54
At first glance I though what's so neat about this shot until I seen the bear. Very cool Liz!!!!!! ~
Mairéad29-Nov-2009 14:26
Wow Liz, that must have been an amazing experience.
Those soft brown eyes look so deceptive...
joanteno29-Nov-2009 13:51
Too close for comfort..
FrankB29-Nov-2009 13:27
prey, pure and simple...there is a definite sense of that here...whew...V
dane29-Nov-2009 13:18
never a dull moment with you, Liz... bravo.
Ali Majdfar29-Nov-2009 09:29
This is fantastic! ~V
NealyBob29-Nov-2009 09:18
Amazing photo and story Liz! He can see something good to eat!~V