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Wapusk Polar Bears
DECEMBER 2005
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Unbearably Steep
Photograph by Norbert Rosing

"The cub was trying to follow its mother when all of a sudden a huge obstacle appeared—a big snowdrift," says photographer Rosing. "It was just too high for its little feet and too slippery for its tiny claws." The cub bawled for help until its mother helped it over the edge. Established in 1996, Wapusk means "white bear" in the Cree Indian language. A population of almost a thousand polar bears inhabit the park in summer and hunt seals offshore on frozen Hudson Bay in winter. About 200 females give birth each year in maternity dens the bears have dug for centuries in the park's deep peat bogs. (Send this image as a postcard.)

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Leica R9
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 100F
Lens: 800mm, f/5.6
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Noon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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