Tour by Tundra Buggy looking for polar bears

October 2002

The polar bear safari tour continues aboard the tundra buggy, along the shores of Hudson Bay, where lot of polar bears and other arctic wildlife create excellent photo opportunities. A short hike on the tundra, in a safe place where there aren't polar bear, follows.

Churchill polar bears
Under a rising sun, at 14°C below zero, a Polar bear wakes up and greets the new day.

 

Hudson Bay
Hudson Bay
The Hudson bay is slowing starting to freeze and "pancake" ice can be spotted in several places.

 

Polar bear footprint Arctic fox footprint
Footprints in the snow. From left to right: a Polar bear, an Arctic fox, and the footprints all together. Indeed the taiga is full of bears and foxes' tracks, almost everywhere.

 

Tundra buggy tour from Churchill
Another Tundra Buggy explores the immense taiga around the bay.

 

In the distance, a lazy bear stretches his legs.

 

The Tundra Buggy from Churchill gets closer to the polar bear... his behaviour is very strange...

 

Churchill polar bears Churchill polar bears
Churchill polar bears Churchill polar bears
... in strange positions...

 

Churchill polar bears
Churchill polar bears
Then he rolls on the snow. The bears are very lazy and very intelligent creatures, they are like humans. The color of the snow is strange because I've used Kodak Gold instead of my usual Agfa Vista film.

 

Tundra buggy tour
Tundra buggy tour
From the top, left to right: me on the third window - me close to a tire - a walk on the taiga - the Tundra Buggy seen from below.

 

Other trees with branches on one side only. Usually a lot of ice and snow accumulates on the naked parts, carried by winds.

 

A view over the taiga. The sun, always quite low on the horizont, projects long shadows.

 

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