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To give this first image some context... there was a group of 8 polar bears in one of their outside enclosures on this particular visit and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves playing in the snow.

There was a hazy snow shining through the mist and though it was sunny it was -16C with a wind out of the north it felt like -25C. Perfect polar bear weather so to speak.

A second visit a week later revealed only one polar bear; namely, the one being hand fed.

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Taken January 19, 2020.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/02/20 20:28
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/02/20 20:29

This past Saturday and this young lady was hand feeding one of the bears.

She said that the bears being fed in this manner are rotated so that one bear doesn't simply claim this area as their own.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/02/20 20:30

From a visit in December I found this trio.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/02/20 20:31

On the same 8 polar bears were enjoying themselves in their large enclosure a lone bear walked around in another enclosure.


Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Mon, 02/03/20 08:50

Good shots. I like the second last one and the OP...looks like they had some Christmas gifts?;-)


Comments by Paul Bracey on Mon, 02/03/20 21:21

Great series, Jan.


Comments by S Roter on Tue, 02/04/20 21:16

All great pics Jan


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/05/20 18:50

Unlike the previous image on which I used no effects I tried the auto tone effect to bring out some detailing in the snow but unfortunately the coat of the polar bear darkened and the image lost its moody feel in comparison to the previous picture.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/05/20 18:50

"never mind the chatter... just feed me."


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/05/20 18:51

As I was leaving the Journey to Churchill exhibit I saw two wild turkeys in the distance and managed to capture the second as it turkey trotted through the snow.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 02/08/20 14:11

Took this image this morning as the solitary bear was being fed from the roof of their enclosure. I liked the rude feel from the tongue sticking out.