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!
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!
POLAR BEAR CONFRONTATION ON SEA ICE
Polar Bear (Ursa maritimus) on sea ice off the sub-arctic coast of Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Bears come to the coast of Hudson Bay in Fall waiting for the ice to freeze, and looking for a careless seal or for a dead whale to wash up. Global warming has shortened their winter so they are increasingly anxious as they wait for winter. While they wait, they engage in frequent wrestling matches to determine a mating hierarchy for the breeding season in March and April. During this time they regularly check on the ice to see if it will carry them out to sea.