We are used to seeing polar bears only in the snowy Arctic environment, but they’re not always found there. Polar bears do know how to have fun in the summer too! The pictures below taken by Canadian photographer Dennis Fast show some white giants frolicking in a field of fireweed in Northern Canada’s Hudson Bay, near lodges run by Churchill Wild in Manitoba.
Dennis says that it’s not just their color that makes the bears his favorite camera. He adds, “They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world, and that there is nothing they are afraid of. It’s not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans and that translates well to the polar bears.”
Most people are familiar with polar bears roaming around in this region.
They can play with absolutely anything in their environment.
“I have seen a huge male hold several blades of grass in his giant paws and chew on them for a long time as though he enjoyed the texture”, says Dennis.
He adds, “On another occasion, I laughed out loud as I watched a relaxed polar bear bare his teeth to pluck a single flower from a stem of fireweed blossoms and roll it around between his lips!”
He hopes that his photos inspire people to care about wildlife.