Posted on December 02, 2011 under General, Photography
Polar Bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The fog hangs thick along the arctic coast. The flat light and the flatter landscape make it difficult to identify objects. You can find yourself wondering….Is that a giant driftwood stump a mile away or an eider duck at 200 yards? It is disconcerting when you can’t trust your eyes.

Whenever I find bear tracks on the arctic coast, I try to tell myself that they are from a Grizzly Bear. I’ve spent more time around them and they produce less anxiety. I know they are usually from Polar Bears but when I do get to see them, it is always a privilege.

Polar Bears in Alaska

Dan Ritzman took this photo near the village of Kaktovik in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.