Polar bears of Kaktovik, 2014

I just returned from a fantastic season of polar bear viewing and photography on the arctic coast of the Beaufort Sea near the village of Kaktovik Alaska in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  This was my 12th season of leading people to view and photograph the polar bears of the Alaska Beaufort Sea and as usual it was an exciting and interesting season that provided many great opportunities.  The weather was unusually windy this fall/early winter making for some challenging conditions, but everyone I traveled to Kaktovik with, had an opportunity to spend time with the bears.  Things are changing radically in Kaktovik as it is discovered and more people from around the world descend on this tiny village for a chance to view this apex predator of the north.  An exponential growth in the number of guided groups this season was dramatic.  With this growth came an unfortunate number of people doing stupid things around the bears.  I sincerely hope that a few bad operators don’t ruin this unique opportunity for everyone! Below are a few of my favorite photos from my last trip and I will share more from earlier in the sason when I have a moment to post them.  Enjoy!

  • Jillian Wilson - October 28, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Delightful images Hugh – I like the 3 different compositions.
    Thanks for a great trip! It was stellar – one of my best, anywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Wilson - October 28, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Delightful images Hugh. I like the 3 different compositions.
    Thanks so much for a fantastic trip. It was stellar. One of my best trips ever.ReplyCancel

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