MALE POLAR BEAR IN FIREWEED
This is one of the most dramatic polar bears photos I have ever taken, and it remains one of my personal favourites. The bear is definitely in a pre-charge threat posture with only a fence between him and myself and sudden death!
POLAR BEAR IN MORNING SUN AND FOG.
This curious polar bear showed up one morning near Dymond Lake Lodge where I was staying at not far from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The combination of early sun and frost in the air took my breath away.
POLAR BEAR SMILE IN FIREWEED.
Of all the bears, polar bear are at once the most inviting and the most dangerous of them all. They are indeed playful, relaxed and charming - but don't turn your back!
BELUGA WHALE MOTHER & CALF.
I do most of my wildlife photography with wild animals but the only way to get this shot was in the aquarium at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I love the connection between mother and offspring floating effortlessly in their space.
SLEEPY YOUNG RED FOX KIT.
A wary young red fox begins to nap outside its boreal den near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
POLAR BEAR ASLEEP IN LUXURIOUS SNOW BED.
It was extremely cold on the morning when I got this photo after a blizzard. The micro-drive in my new digital camera was struggling to keep spinning in the -25C air; but I got the shot!
YOUNG BLACK BEAR IN ASPEN TREE.
It was October in Orr, Minnesota when I photographed this rolly-polly black bear in a tree. He was fat and sleek - well prepared for the long sleep that lay ahead.
Arctic foxes are incredibly curious, "tame", and playful. I watched for half an hour while this little guy ran two black lab dogs ragged teasing them into weary submission. I wasn't prepared to do the same when he made me the offer!
POLAR BEAR RELAXING IN FIREWEED.
What could be more relaxed than a polar bear in a bed of "roses". The most amazing thing about it all was that he completely disappeared when he lay down amidst flowers that barely reached my thigh.
MALE POLAR BEARS RESTING AFTER A WRESTLING MATCH.
In October, polar bears wrestle for mating status that will occur much later in the dark cold of an Arctic night. After a "friendly" pushing, slapping and biting match that may last for more than an hour, the two combatants lie down for a well-deserved nap.
WHITE-TAIL DEER DOE & YOUNG.
Both the mother and mature fawn are always on the alert for danger. After a careful assessment of the potential threat, calm browsing may commence.
POLAR BEAR MOTHER & CUB OF THE YEAR.
After a long winter in a den where this young cub was born about 10 weeks prior to emerging, it feels good to see the sun. The look of adulation and complete confidence in the eye of the young bear makes this photo very powerful.
SPIRIT BEAR CURIOUS ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER.
The Kermode Bear is considered a subspecies of the North American black bear. Approximately 1 in 10 of these bears is a creamy white color and is known as the spirit bear. The spirit bear is rare indeed; and it is a very trusting and confiding animal, making it more vulnerable than many predators.
GREY TREE FROG ON GLADIOLA FLOWER.
The grey tree frog (gray, if you're American), actually blends gradually with its background. I see many more green shades than the colour (color) it is named after!
AMERICAN BULL ELK IN YELLOWSTONE.
The elk is a popular animal in the parks and remote wilderness areas where it can still exist. Increasingly, it can be found in game farms where it is raised for meat or hunting purposes.
POLAR BEAR ASLEEP IN FRESH SNOW.
Polar bears can, and do, sleep anywhere. They do like their comfort, however, and I have seen them use a rock for a pillow, or push up snow for the same purpose. I guess you would call that the original pile pillow!
AMERICAN BISON BULL (BOS BISON).
The American plains bison is one of the most intimidating animals of the plains. Restricted now to parks and game farms, we can only imagine the magnificence of the herds that once roamed the tall grass prairies of North America,
PEEK-A-BOO WHITE-TAIL DEER BUCK.
I was photographing a group of deer when I suddenly spotted this buck behind me. He was eying me suspiciously from behind a tree. A careful turn-around got me this photo before he spooked.
I call this photo "ADORATION" because it represents the epitome of a mother's love for her child. I could feel the love through my camera lens!
YOUNG MULE DEER HEADING OR THE HILLS.
It had been lurking behind a bush near the road hiding while I focused on its distant mother. When I finally saw it and made eye contact the fawn bolted. I used a very slow shutter speed to capture the essence of its speedy escape.
WARY GRAY WOLF.
The "timber wolf" is one of the most admired and reviled animals in North America. Relentless pressure from man has made it a very wary animal. At the same time, I have been fortunate to call a number of wolves into the range of my lens by howling my greetings. It is a special thrill to howl in consort with a group of wolves, but even more exciting when they actually move closer.
MALE POLAR BEAR RELAXING IN FIREWEED.
The simple elegance of a white bear in a field of purple fireweed is breath-taking. In the times I have camped with bears, I never tire of seeing the "king of beasts".
DAKOTA CHASING A STICK.
I have never seen a dog as tireless as Dakota. Throw her a stick to retrieve and you have a friend for life - and an obligation till your own tongue will hang out.
I met her at Seal River Lodge one summer, and watched her become one of the best polar bear guard dogs I have ever seen. She was completely fearless and oblivious to her own danger in attacking an animal many multiples of times bigger than she.
COYOTE PROWLING FOR FOOD.
The "wiley" coyote has adapted to man's presence so well that it may be found in most major cities in North America. photographed this hunting animal in Death Valley, California.
POLAR BEAR MOTHER & CUBS.
This mother and her cubs were resting in a secluded nook of small trees. Newly out from her birthing den, she now was faced with a long march to the sea ice to find food for herself and her young cubs. Sometimes going without food for as long as 8 months, mother bears have been known to lose 70% of their body weight in one natal season!
SPIRIT BEAR FISHING FOR FOOD.
The kermode black bear has been named the spirit bear when it carries this off-white coat. It is a rare resident of a few west coast islands of North America and occasionally makes it's way onto the mainland.
ARCTIC HARE ON FALL TUNDRA.
Except for the high arctic, the arctic hare turns gray for the summer. Sometimes winter comes late to Churchill, Manitoba, and all the animals that have turned white stick out like beacons. It's a great time to sneak up on them because they think you can't see them!
MULE DEER PRONGING.
Mule deer are known for their large ears and the magnificent racks on the bucks, but they can also "prong" (bounce high in the air as they run) as easily as gazelles. The effortless leaps are reminiscent of ballet masters and are just as exciting to watch.
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