Taking the Shot
As I have mentioned elsewhere, my longtime polar bear guide is Dennis Compayre. Dennis and I are now really good friends and co-authored "Waiting for Dancer" together.
For years, our routine has been to meet for breakfast at the Seaport Hotel in Churchill around 7am, before going bear shooting. Dennis had previously guided for world famous photographer, Tom Mangelsen, recently featured on the 60 Minutes TV show, and was always using Tom as an example of how to do it right (because I was always doing it wrong). Dennis's standard refrain when we would meet for breakfast would be to say "7am!! Mangelsen would have been out shooting for an hour by now."
So one day, trying to prove Dennis wrong, I got up early and went out by myself before meeting Dennis for breakfast. And got this shot of a young bear walking across a frozen lake at sunrise. Pretty nice shot.
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