What a Big Mouth You Have~

The better to growl at you,

besides it’s hot for a polar bear, and I pant and get grumpy when it’s hot.

I’ll growl at the dirt if I want to.

Whose gonna stop me?

Baby Bear, like a pint sized Narcissus, practices panting and growling at his reflection. Someday, he hopes to grow huge and growl as fiercely as Mama Bear, but for now, all he can do is practice.

What big teeth,

huge tongue,

and what fine bears you are!

Your sleepy cub is quite handsome,

and your home is lovely too!

Cheers to you from the awesome bears in their stunning Hudson Bay home~

254 thoughts on “What a Big Mouth You Have~

    1. Even though the bears have been tranquil, you get a sense of their immense power, in the size of the jaws when extended, in their heads when they swim, and in those formidable front legs set akimbo like a giant prizefighter ready to swipe.

    1. Not in a tundra buggy. Actually we did go in one for about an hour. We went everywhere in a mini-van, and hiked with our guide, so it was far more personal. You are kinda stuck in a tundra buggy, but I know people get amazing, super up close photos that way.

    1. Ahh, thank you. They are just the emblematic symbol of the north. I love them too <3 ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ ก้้้้้้้้้้้

  1. Aww💖💖💖they are such a bunch of adorable bears. But I guess only from far away😀 Wouldn’t want to get near them. The sleepy cub pic is too good. Thanks for sharing Cindy.

  2. Aren’t the magnificent ? You do get around my dear 😀 Look at those teeth !! Mama bear is rather ginormous isn’t she? I’ve seen video taken from with-in a big tractor/bus and the bears standing on hind legs to look into the windows ! I hope these two stay safe and healthy xK

    1. Yes those photos are taken from a tundra buggy. Great close up photos, but you are somewhat captive in the buggy with a bunch of other tourists. We were in for about an hour.

    1. True! They do a lot of time laying around being lazy bears, and eating, and panting from the heat to try and cool down. The weather was cold to me, but hot to them as their fur functions as a heat generating system.

    1. Definitely. I think they were mostly very hot and hence grumpy. Their fur acts like a heat generating system, which works when it is well below zero, but quite uncomfortable when it gets much warmer. So they pant and growl.

    1. Ahhh, thank you very much. There is nothing better than an uppity polar bear cub giving lip to momma ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ ก้้้้้้้้้้้

  3. My husband just explained to me where Hudson Bay is, and you were really North taking these pictures, Cindy! Whoa! What a sight to see! I couldn’t even begin to imagine all the emotions you experienced as you both watched these bears and photographed them. Fantastic pictures! Amazing!!

    1. Yes. Thank you. And thank your husband The whole experience is hard to describe, but just incredible. Cheers to you ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ ก้้้้้้้้้้้

  4. Beautiful bears. I just came back from Mass. – the little lake across from where we were staying had three white swans. But I really couldn’t get close enough.

    (In this day and age it is hard to know anyone without disease of some sort – I think of them all. And thank you for thinking of me – More cryptic news as it happens.)

  5. Thank you for the giggles, Cindy! How amazing to be in near proximity of these gorgeous bears and watch them in freedom. I so thoroughly enjoy seeing your photos of amazing creatures around the world. They are always breath-taking. ❤

    1. You have a smart son. Viewing sharks in a cage has just always struck me as a dumb adrenaline activity, especially since I have swum, not on purpose, in the ocean where there are sharks, constantly, since I was a kid.
      Safe viewing with polar bears is distant viewing, with 1200 mm lens.
      Love to you Brenda, and to your son.

        1. Yes they are. Interestingly their territories now overlap in a few places and the grizzlies are dominant over the polars because grizzlies are more aggressive even though polars are bigger. There are now some prizzlies too!

    1. Yes. I have almost gotten used to see such amazing creatures in the wild, enjoying life and living in the moment. There is so much we could learn from them about what is actually important.

      1. The human is smart animal however all our intelligence tends us to ruin this World. Our generation had pretty happy and comfortable life in agreement with the Nature. But what are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? I hope they will be smarter of us to save this Wonderful World!
        Anyway, Life is wonderful! 🙂

  6. Wow, what kind of lens did you have, Cindy?! Awesome pics, but I’m sure you weren’t too close, eh? And I didn’t realize polar bears even existed in areas without snow.

    1. They do exist without snow, waiting for the bay to freeze up, but they don’t like it. They get way too hot. I used a 1200 mm equivalent lens so I was quite far away. Getting close is irresponsible.

        1. They smell and see me and know I am there. Nothing gets past these guys. They know where I am long before I know where they are. There was another bear that these bears kept reacting to but I never saw.

            1. No I went with a guide and my husband and son. The guide named Deb was an expert and highly skilled. We were in very safe hands. It is not safe to go out on your own in polar bear country. It will get both you and the bear killed.

              1. How lovely for you. What an adventure!! So do you guys use guides a lot? You have so many excellent photos from tons of exotic places that you are either really good at researching the out-of-the-way spots or you pick great guides. 🤩 Either way, kudos!👏👏👏

                1. We don’t usually use guides much, not even in Africa where we self drove twice, but in Kruger which is a national park tailor made for this. In Churchill though, in polar bear and beluga season, we definitely needed a guide. She was multi-talented, adept at piloting zodiacs and finding bears for safe observation and super knowledgeable about the area.

    1. Those are Canadian Geese. There are also millions of snow geese. They do help tide the bears over until the freeze up, but thankfully there are millions of them and unless they are nesting, they are very hard to catch.

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