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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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:iconfungusamongme:
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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:iconfungusamongme:
fungusamongme Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Thank you for the feature :)
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:iconnarniamushroom02:
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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:iconfungusamongme:
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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:iconfungusamongme:
fungusamongme Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
thanks!
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:iconmannphotos:
mannphotos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Out standing photo.
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:iconfungusamongme:
fungusamongme Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Thank you :)
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:iconmannphotos:
mannphotos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome
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Breedthecancer Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
What a great shot!!!
Yeahi would think it'd be worth it.
Good thing nothing happend.
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
thank you :)
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xRyokucha Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Wow, this shot is wonderful!
I love the expression on the bear, you seemed to really catch the "calmer" side of the polar bear. I also liked how you were able to catch the detail in the fur, and it's velvety looking nose hehe.
Not only that, but it just looks really fuzzy and I love the ear haha! I absolutely love polar bears.

AND the story behind this photo! Must have been intense to be chased by a bear but thankfully unhurt. Getting so close to wild animals, especially one so big...in a sense I think it would be sorta fun, lol.
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Thanks :) I love polar bears, too!
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Bunnymatic Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
that was for the really tasteless comment of elfie-sucks-toes... btw=D
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
well thank you :) i'm glad you like the picture. and thank you for not caring whether or not i'm queer ;) lol

*maddie
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Bunnymatic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
as if it would matter... ;-)
be what ever you wanna be and keep making such wonderful pictures...:)
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
:) thanks!
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Bunnymatic Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
fungusamongme... I really like this picture. Really nice. faved it btw=D
and if youre queer or not, I dont care. awesome.
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Broken-Loner Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
one of the most beautiful bears in the world... and this picture further proves that. :)
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:iconfungusamongme:
fungusamongme Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thanks. I agree with you :D
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ZenkaiKenny Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Wow, that was very brave! Awesome picture. I salute you!
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SuccubusBast Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
sweet :heart:
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SethBlizzard Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Student
Perfect shot! The detail and peace in this capture is astounding. Well done!
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VampireSmiley Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
This picture is so amazing. How did you really get this picture? Well however you got it this is awesome. I love it. I want to pet him, even though he'd probably chase me down. He's just so grogeous sleeping in the snow. Love the picture!!
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effie-sucks-toes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006   Photographer
thats story is bs
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
if it's really bull, how did i get so close??? :D

*maddie
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effie-sucks-toes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006   Photographer
Burn
ya you would prolly be dead cuz no one can outrun a polar bear unless ur superman
and ur too queer to be superman
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Queer, eh? well if you read it, I said he didn't chase me much at all. Just wanted to scare me away. Besides, i'd be superWOMAN, not man.

*maddie
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effie-sucks-toes Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006   Photographer
ur so retarded
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
no need for name calling. how childish. first i'm too queer, and now i'm retarded... what's with this? it's a photograph. if you don't like it, that's your deal. you can even criticize the photograph. but don't criticize me. i'm a stranger.
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effie-sucks-toes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006   Photographer
u wanna not get shot?
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
and now a threat? do you have anything better to do? other than get angry at strangers?
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loveforRuka Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
A zoo. Nice picture though, I'll give your camera that much credit.
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
zoo shmoo :)

*maddie
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lemenchick Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I laughed at the story.... but gasped at this picture.... awsome...I'm adding it to my favs!!!
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005
yay! thanks!!!!!!!! :D :D :D glad you laughed! and glad you liked it!

*maddie
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BonafideRarity Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
NIce shot!!!
very peaceful pretty bear, I like :0)
hehe, I think I would've just gone to the zoo.
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
lol. thank you. :) it spoils all the fun when you don't live life on the edge, eh?... ;)

*maddie
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herz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
lovely.
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
thanks. :)

*maddie
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ConH Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
wooow.... you are a true photographer =) I so wish I was there too... I love polar bears.... my favorite animal! You're so lucky! and brave ;) :thumbsup:
oh and that's a lovely shot... ^_^
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
thank you thank you thank you and THANK YOU! :)

*maddie
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ConH Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
:aww:
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shatterdrose Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005   Photographer
Nice story. Been reading the National Geographic lately I see . . . :) Kinda like me braving the African Jungles just to get close enough to a 14 foot kind Cobra to take a pic of it's face?

Anyways, wonderful shot, he does look so peaceful just laying there.
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fungusamongme Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005
thanks. lol. he was so adorable. he was lying on his stomach with his paws down to his side all sprawled out. it was just as cute as could be. lol. just sleeping there on the snow... IN THE NORTH POLE... EH HEM... lol. glad you liked the shot. :D

oh, and i added a story for the shark one, too. in case you haven't read it, i just added it. lol.

*maddie
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