The bloke on the moraine (stony
hill) is one of our guides with anti-polar bear armaments, which
I was informed consist mainly of a shot gun with scary
fire-works things called Bear-be-gone and Not-here-you-don't-mr.-polar-bear
and maybe even an Acme-Bear-Scarer. But not actually anything to damage a
marauding Polar Bear with. I fondly imagined our heroic guides
would have wrestled any problematic bears to the ground and do
that bit manually. I had my own tactic sorted - it consisted of
running away as quietly as possible.
Seriously though I didn't feel
any sense of danger from the bears, and those guys seemed to
like carrying their guns so we were both happy.
Air temp: +1º C Latitude: 71º 04' N Longitude: 71º 48' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.