.................thru a glass darkly.................

Perhaps I was hoping for more on this day's visit to the Journey to Churchill but still I was satisfied with the results.

A visit to the Journey produced mostly energetic seals and rather lethargic polar bears which had marked out their individual locations in their enclosure and were just relaxing on warm summer morning.

I liked the opening shot with a view of the large canines of the polar bear as it seemingly was trying to drink the falling rain.

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Taken July 26, 2019.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/28/19 21:24
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/28/19 21:25

a lazy summer morning

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/28/19 21:26

arc of the seal

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/28/19 21:27

vegan polar bear

Comments by S Roter on Tue, 07/30/19 09:42

Interesting series Jan. The OP is a powerful image with the Bear
opening its massive jaws

Comments by Bruce Hunter on Tue, 07/30/19 14:54

Agreed.....O.P. deserving of that close-up.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/31/19 20:08

This image was taken on July 30, 2019 when the seals were seemingly putting on a display for people by blowing bubbles as they swam in the water. I've not noticed this amount of bubbles before on any visit.

I converted the images to a b&w format because of the reflections being picked up from people's clothing.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/31/19 20:10

The musk oxen (along with the Arctic fox, the polar bear, the grey wolf, the reindeer, the harbour and ring seals and the snowy owl) are the population of the Journey to Churchill exhibit with the emphasis on Arctic animals and birds.

The muskox is an Arctic hoofed mammal of the family Bovidae noted for its thick coat and for the strong odour emitted during the seasonal rut by males, from which its name derives. This musky odour is used to attract females during mating season. Musk oxen primarily live in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut with introduced populations in the American state of Alaska, the Canadian territory of Yukon, the Scandinavian Peninsula, and Siberia.

The current world population of muskoxen is estimated at between 80,000 and 125,000 with an estimated 68,000 living on Banks Island (one of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago). By comparison the human population on Banks Island is 112.

Musk oxen have a distinctive defensive behaviour: when the herd is threatened, the bulls and cows will face outward to form a stationary ring or semicircle around the calves which unfortunately made them easy to hunt such was the case in Alaska where they were hunted to extinction.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/31/19 20:11

just basking in the sun

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 08/03/19 20:19

upside down seal

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 08/03/19 20:19

Comments by les perry on Wed, 08/28/19 12:22

2 and 7 relate to the way I feel today!

Liking the B/w conversions too.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 08/28/19 14:05

Thank you Les for viewing and commenting.

Even though the Journey to Churchill exhibit has expanded in size of late the bears having been spending more of their time in their caves rather than out in the open and so it has been a real task to find bears to photograph.

It has become the case that one has started to photograph the patrons rather than bears.