Summer Time Polar Bear Safari In Canada

When you think about a Polar Bear safari, you think about snow and ice… Correct? Well, did you know you could take amazing Polar Bear photographs during Summer time as well? During the Summer season, Polar Bears descend South of the Arctic circle and spread out in the Canadian grasslands. They tend to conglomerate around the West bank of the Hudson Bay, waiting for the Bay to freeze before going back further North during Winter.

Polar Bear in the blooming fireweed - Canada

Polar Bear walking through the blooming fireweed – Seal River, Churchill Area, Hudson Bay, Canada.
ISO 1000 | f/5.6 | 1/800 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III handheld while sitting on the ground. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

The striking photograph above is quite a different result from the traditional Polar Bear on the ice. In the middle of Summer, the Fireweed start blooming, giving a splendid purple backdrop. You have to time it right though, as the blooming only occurs during a three week-span.

Polar Bear in the Summer landscape - Seal River

Polar Bear walking through the blooming fireweed – Seal River, Churchill Area, Hudson Bay, Canada.
ISO 640 | f/7.1 | 1/1250 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III on tripod and Gimbal head. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

You might be able to appreciate better the Summer landscape with this one. As you may see, it is a colorful view. Drop a Polar Bear in the middle… and voila! Note that this is actually very close to Bay itself.

Botswana and the Victoria Falls instructional photography workshop / $9,800 / limit 6 people / Sep 2014:

Come along with me to the BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR next September 2014! This is truly a wildlife photography tour of a lifetime. THE FIRST THREE REGISTRANTS WILL BENEFIT FROM A $500 DISCOUNT! There is an additional discount for accompanying spouses.
African safari - Botswana

Spoonbills and shorebirds instructional photography workshop / $980 / limit 5 people / Mar 2014:

Don’t miss this great Roseate Spoonbill & shorebirds photography opportunity! This 3 day workshop will include three boat rides, with two to the Alafia Banks rookery and one to Dit Dot Dash. Alafia Banks is the very best spot in the state of Florida to photograph Roseate Spoonbills in flight. The rest of the time will be spent at the Fort Desoto Park.
Roseate Spoonbills at Alafia Banks

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5 Comments

  1. Great images Owen. When I saw these photos, I was thinking to myself, that I have never seen a polar bear in an environment that was not covered in snow. Quite literary, I don’t think I have seen images such as these. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sorry meant Stephen.

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  3. A collection of breathtaking photography.

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