3000-bears

Paul Nicklen Photography
As sea ice disappears, it is becoming more common to have hungry bears in towns or camps looking for food. For myself, this was a wonderful encounter with a female polar bear. I had left my flashes outside on my sled. Her face was too dark and the only way I could fill in the shadows was to hold up a blank white screen on my laptop about a foot from her face. I took a couple of pictures and she casually went on her way. People have an innate fear of this incredible species and quite often, pull the trigger way too early before allowing the bear to satisfy its curiosity. I have seen over 3000 polar bears in the wild over the past 25 years and have never had a terrifying encounter.

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11 out of 10 people find it impossible to resist these pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch giving Zachary Quinto one of his fabulous bear hugs as they were leaving the Emmy’s After Party on September 23, 2012 (๑˃̶͈̀◡˂̶͈́๑)

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Photograph by @paulnicklen while on assignment for @natgeo. As sea ice disappears, it is becoming a common sighting to have hungry bears in towns or camps looking for food. For myself, this was a wonderful encounter with a female polar bear. I had left my flashes outside on my sled. Her face was too dark and the only way I could fill in the shadows was to hold up a blank white screen on my laptop about a foot from her face. I took a couple of pictures and she casually went on her way. People have an innate fear of this incredible species and quite often, pull the trigger way too early before allowing the bear to satisfy its curiosity. I have seen over 3000 polar bears in the wild over the past 25 years and have never had a terrifying encounter. Please follow me on @paulnicklen as I share more moments from the field. @sea_legacy #polarbear #bear #gratitude #adventure #climatechange @natgeocreative #photooftheday by natgeo