Polar bears are extra cute, you must agree! Being huge, adorable, and fluffy, I believe everyone loves them!
Polar bears live in the Arctic Circle only, so every time you have seen a photo of them, they were probably standing surrounded by tons of snow and ice, out in the freezing cold.
Well, the collection of images of polar bears by the Canadian photographer Dennis Fast will leave you speechless!
His rare photos reveal these bears enjoying the summer in Northern Canada’s Hudson Bay, near lodges run by Churchill Wild in Manitoba.
Fast, a retired educator, is an internationally recognized wildlife photographer, whose photos have been published in many magazines, calendars, and books.
He maintains that wildlife photography allows him to find solitude and to tune into the quietude of nature. He said he loves the excitement he feels when he photographs unique and potentially dangerous animals.
When asked about his fascination by polar bears, he answered:
“[I]t’s not just their color that makes them a favorite target of my camera. They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world, and that there is nothing they are afraid of. It’s not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans and that translates well to the polar bear.”
In the photos, these majestic beasts enjoy the sunshine and blossoms and can be seen playing, napping, rolling around, poking their heads up, and stretching among the vivid pink wildflowers.
Fast claims that he especially loves to photograph them in the warmer months, adding that they are adorable, and have a “calm and inquisitive demeanor”.
“It is important to watch their body language at all times. Having said that, they are also extremely playful and can wrestle for hours without paying you much attention when relaxed. When that happens, you begin to feel the understated power and majesty of the animals. Such moments can be breathtaking and humbling.”
“Most people are familiar with shots of polar bears in the ice and snow of Hudson Bay in Northern Canada and in other polar regions”
“They are so ingrained in people’s minds that you might think the North experiences only winter.”
“Polar bears will play with anything in their environment”
“I have seen a huge male hold several blades of grass in his giant paws and chew on them for a long time as though he enjoyed the texture”
“On another occasion, I laughed out loud as I watched a relaxed polar bear bare his teeth to pluck a single flower from a stem of fireweed blossoms and roll it around between his lips!”
“Like many people, I love white animals, whether it is Arctic foxes, snowy owls, or polar bears”
“However, it’s not just their color that makes them a favorite target of my camera”
“They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves”
“It looks like they don’t have a care in the world, and that there is nothing they are afraid of”
“In the end, I hope my photos inspire people to care about all wildlife and to do their part”
“It would be a shame to lose something as iconic as the polar bear”
Fast explained that he wants to “ capture the majesty of the bears and the beautiful fragility of their environment”, and added:
“Photography has taught me to seek the delicate moments in nature where life is on the edge and where change is a heartbeat away.
My hope is to touch people’s minds and hearts; to help them reconnect with the earth, and to teach respect and gratitude for all of nature. I hope my photos do that for you. Beauty is everywhere if you look, but it begins first of all in the heart.”