Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Last October I was on a tundra lodge tour to see the gathering of polar bears on the shore of the Hudson Bay waiting for the first freeze. It was late fall, and a few bears were there for the wait. They spent the time jostling with one another and I shot this image during a play fight at just the right moment when 2 of them seemed to be hugging one another. My experience was something I would never forget - to see these magnificent "solitary" animals out in the wild, thinner than I thought they would be. I just wish that everyone could spend a week out there to see the effect of global warming on these beautiful creatures. I always hear that one should leave the "wild" wild, but we have interfered and are re-writing the "wild" in nature. It's time to help.
Exposure compensation, cropping, digitablly altered contrast, clarity, vibrance and saturation.
Nikon D300S, AFS Nikkor 1-200m 1.3.5-5.6 G ED lens @42mm, hand held