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Bear Beginnings: New Life on the Ice



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Winter Slumber
Photograph by Norbert Rosing

Blending in with snowy surroundings, a cub naps while scientists study its tranquilized mother nearby. Polar bear fur is actually pigment-free and translucent. But like a blanket of snow, the bear’s coat reflects visible light, making it look white to the human eye. While a cub relies mainly on its mother for insulation, a more mature bear is well protected by outer guard hairs, dense underfur, black skin, and thick fat—all adapted to hold heat.



Camera: Leica R6.2
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Apo-Makro-Elmarit 100mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny, very cold
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light





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