18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Frozen Kiss

Some animals are easier to reach than others. The excursions to reach them can take years to arrange. Polar bears inhabit vast swaths of land in low numbers and extreme conditions. In particular, young polar bear cubs can only be found on winter visits to the Subarctic and Arctic, making these expeditions some of the most inhospitable on earth. I could have imagined many reasons that my planned trip might not come to fruition, none of which entailed a virus that would unleash its peril upon humanity and the world. Like a frozen kiss, it has delivered immobilization that we can only hope is transient and short-lived. For I will miss the warmth that seeing these beautiful creatures on their frigid landscapes brings to my heart.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Daniel DAuria
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