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Polar Bear by fungusamongme Polar Bear by fungusamongme
Part III of series: Epic Stories From My Adventures Around The Globe

I traveled to the top of the earth for this shot... I braved -130 degree weather packing over 30 pounds of equipment on this god forsaken trek. it took me 3 months and all of my savings to travel and find a group of polar bears who would let me get this close to them... i was lucky enough to catch this one as he slept, my camera being only 3 or 4 feet from his face... my breath, quiet, but heavy, clouding the air around me, and my shot. i had to hold my breath to take it... not only to take it, but to make sure i didn't wake up the bear... with the sound of my shutter, he opened his eye! SHIT! i stood still with fear as he took only a second to look at me and decide i was a threat. he immediately jumped to all fours, then bounced onto his back feet in a 8 foot tall mass of white, sticking his head up in the freezing air and ROARING, exposing his white teeth. his breath could be seen circling out of his mouth. i got the feeling back into my body and bolted like a zebra from a tiger! it was hard to run thru the soft snow, my feet digging about 9 or 10 inches into the snow with each step. it's so frustrating, the knowlege of something trying to get you, it's right behind you, and you're unable to move as fast as you need to... i ran from the giant bear who chased me on all fours, but he did not pursue me long, thank god. he stopped shortly after the chase began... he grunted and snorted a little, standing there, staring at me. i stopped for a moment, paused to look back at him... a sort of understanding between us... then turned around and kept jogging...

i hope this shot was worth it... enjoy~
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Sam2103 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
featured in my journall
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XAwwSugar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Oh my, what a story! :wow:
Very impressive, as is the photo.
The bear looks gorgeous :heart:
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Thank you :)
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narniamushroom02 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This has been featured here ^___^ [link]
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Thank you for the feature :)
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narniamushroom02 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :) ^^
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bkSs Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
gotta say, that was some story made me laugh :w00t: love this pic :+fav: !
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
hahahaha. glad you liked it!
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bkSs Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah sounds epic, would have been funny to see :boogie:
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maxnfang Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
WOW amazing! I have a thing for polar bears and this is absolutely amazing!
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