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24-NOV-2009 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

After Dinner View 2009

at the Tundra Lodge

I can't think of anywhere else in the world where you can look out the dining room window and see a large group of wild Polar Bears.
There were many, many, many more bears in the dark, out-of-sight. I'm still in awe over this memory.

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Karen Moen03-Nov-2010 23:26
Incredible image with the light making the bears look surreal. Now the polar bears are having difficulties with the ice melt making it hard for them to find the seals. Many of the bears are drowning in the open water. It is a sad situation. Voted for this lovely composition.
Guy Dube28-Jan-2010 13:50
For sure Liz you don't live in Paradise (Hawai) but more around Alaska. A very impressive picture Liz, love it!! V
Randy Adams04-Jan-2010 13:54
Love this capture Liz..and so glad to have all your comments! Thanks so much for sharing! V
lisapolidora03-Jan-2010 13:41
Wow! What an awesome shot! That's great Liz. You are lucky for the opportunity to see these guys!
Laura Milholland30-Dec-2009 02:10
This is such an awesome shot! Superb subject and the dramatic lighting, poses, and shadows make it exceptional IMHO! Big V!
Guest 27-Dec-2009 07:30
An astonishing scene! What an experience for you, Liz! Thanks for sharing.
Jeroen Bosman26-Dec-2009 08:44
pretty unique gathering, great photo! v.
Apostolos Tikopoulos21-Dec-2009 20:40
A really interesting and so different picture, Liz.
Carol Rollins21-Dec-2009 13:04
Wow, Liz, what an amazing sight and fantastic capture. ~
Joanne Kamo20-Dec-2009 23:44
Outstanding and unbelievable..wonderful work!
Giorgio Iorio20-Dec-2009 09:47
What an awesome sight! I would have loved to have been there. Congratulations. ~V~
Ali Majdfar19-Dec-2009 06:18
This is really amazing! a unique experiment. ~V
Liz Bickel19-Dec-2009 03:06
Except for rare occurrences, Polar Bears do not eat for several months during the period when they come off the ice in the late Spring until they return to the ice in Fall. This is why they are very hungry by November. And yes, they are solitary animals during Winter when they are hunting on the ice. However, under the right circumstances, they can also be very social animals and will actually play with one and other. Or congregate in a group like these. These bears look expectant because they are hopeful of gaining a meal from the Polar Lodge. After all, there are all the good smells of cooking; plus the scent of humans in lodge. Nevertheless, the bears receive absolutely no food from the lodge - not even garbage. Still, they remain hopeful as they wait for the ice to freeze so that they can go and hunt Ring Seals: their main diet.
Hank Vander Velde19-Dec-2009 02:53
WOW! Liz that's some large number of Polar Bears. Beautiful capture.
lou_rozensteins18-Dec-2009 23:25
An amazing shot! Why are they so hungry?? I always thought they were solitary animals ..... these ones seem to be expectant. Anyway, a fascinating and thought-provoking shot. Well done.
Naturephoto Monique18-Dec-2009 23:17
This is so amazing!V
Patricia Kay18-Dec-2009 21:39
What a fantastic and breathtaking scene Liz.....BV
Barbara Heide18-Dec-2009 21:07
yes, truly amazing! v
an nguyen18-Dec-2009 20:59
Wow, that is amazing.
Ceya18-Dec-2009 20:39
What a frightening, and at the same time beautiful, scene!
It must have been quite an experience to be able to
watch these big dangerous animals so near! V!
Liz Bickel18-Dec-2009 19:26
No, I didn't set foot on the ground while staying at the Polar Lodge (reason for that is rather obvious). Because these bears haven't eaten in months, they were quite hungry & undoubtedly would not have rejected human flesh. However, I did get to walk around Churchill; plus during the time at Nestor Station when the guide had a shot gun.
Yes, various bears did mess around with the different lodge cars, and one in particular made it quite clear that he viewed me as a tasty, potential meal.
Walter Otto Koenig18-Dec-2009 17:09
what an awesome capture. Really amazing.
Bryan Murahashi18-Dec-2009 15:18
An amazing scene and capture.
zyziza18-Dec-2009 13:16
great shot! v
FrankB18-Dec-2009 12:59
this is an amazing sight!...truly amazing....+V
Mairéad18-Dec-2009 11:25
What an amazing scene and one you will remember forever. V
Guest 18-Dec-2009 10:53
Oh dear! To dine and to be thinking at once that you are their potential dinner... great feelings! really a lot of them! so you never went out to step on the ground I believe :) did they ever attack the houses?