January 7, 2014

Bearing the Changes

Photograph by Paul Souders

"A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires during a record-breaking spell of hot weather," writes Paul Souders, who submitted this winning picture to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest. "The Manitoba population of polar bears, the southernmost in the world, is particularly threatened by a warming climate and reduced sea ice."

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85 comments
Marcus McLean
Marcus McLean

that is awesome, snow boots or running shoes 

Zoojar Lakdawala
Zoojar Lakdawala

seen hundreds of pictures of polar bears, but never as creative as this one !

Lesley Young
Lesley Young

An unusual view of this beautiful, powerful bear, love it !

Vinh QT Nguyen
Vinh QT Nguyen

What a brave photographer and a great photograph !


Shannon T
Shannon T

Slightly creepy. Beautiful shot and kudos to the photographer for being there at the right time. Lovely creature.

zhang kun
zhang kun

the polar bear is so  danger。It's a  amazing shoot.


Kevin Simons
Kevin Simons

We kill whole species by the thousands.  But there's something about when humans extinct these warriors that is uniquely upsetting.  Perhaps it is the upset of the natural order...even though we should feel comforted when an animal--a predator that could easily "have any of us for dinner" is no longer a threat, there is no comfort in it.  At least for me.

L. Grant
L. Grant

Tranferance at it's best.

K. M
K. M

It almost seems that the bear is locked in the water.

Sabrina Schwalb
Sabrina Schwalb

I love how it looks like two pictures in one, almost as tho the polar bear is super imposed. Really cool.

john young
john young

With the current weather the bear should have more than enough ice!

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Now this is a winning shot by far. Absolutely magnificent shot.

Bettina Graf
Bettina Graf

A picture that makes you think, indeed. Great shot, congratulations!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Love this picture!     So many of nature's elements combining in an awesome photograph.

Dai Reisvig
Dai Reisvig

This photo is amazing but  poor bear!

Chudamani Akavaram
Chudamani Akavaram

The plight of polar bear seems to raise suspicions about the pollution on arctic seas.

C. Hamada
C. Hamada

Wow! It looked surreal, but later I found it more than real warning for the coming future.

Kafra M.
Kafra M.

I love this photo! It's brilliantly captured and almost surreal.

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