I am reblogging this post that was published today on The World According to Dina, a magnificent blog about the northern part of the world, photography, literature and symbolism.
The post is the result of a recent collaboration project on Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) between one of the authors of that blog, Dr Klausbernd Vollmar, a German-raised, English-resident psychologist, symbologist and author, and myself. When Klausbernd asked me if I wanted to be a part of this project, I was very excited and honored and of course I enthusiastically jumped on board!
More specifically, the post/article contains a part with general natural history information about polar bears (this is the portion that I researched and contributed) and a part dealing with the symbolism of the polar bear (which Klausbernd authored), plus a selection of my polar bear photographs.
I am very pleased of this collaboration and I think the end result shows the hard work that both of us put into it – but of course I will let you, dear readers, be the judge of it if you feel like visiting The World According to Dina (which I think you should, regardless of this specific post) and reading the article! Needless to say, your feedback would be most welcome! 🙂
Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world and the most carnivorous of the bear species: they primarily feed on seals and, to a lesser extent, walrus and beluga whale. In search of their prey, they may often be found in areas of shifting, cracking ice where seals may surface to breathe air. Adult males (which are larger than females) measure up to 2,5 m in length and can weigh up to 720 kg!
Since they spend much of their time on Arctic sea ice, they have evolved to adapt to such extreme conditions: their white fur provides camouflage in their environment and is thicker than any other bears’, even covering their feet for both warmth and traction on ice; their skin is black to absorb heat from sun rays; and a thick layer of fat provides buoyancy and insulation. Polar bears…
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Great work, Stefano and all, love your polar bears!
Best wishes from the North,
Good morning, dear Tone,
thanks for your commentary.
Sending lots of love to you in Norway
The Fab Four
Great post and excellent photos, Stefano!
Greetings from Frankfurt,
Thanks dear Ursel,
have a happy day
Thank you very much, dear Stefano, not only for reblogging but for collaborating as well, and your much too kind words. It was so easy and fun working together with you 🙂
When I saw your excellent wildlife photography on your blog here I immediately was stunned. My second reaction was my wish to cooperate with you – and now this has come true 🙂
Dina and me and our beloved Bookfayries we always enjoy a visit to Stefano’s blog for stunning wildlife photography – and those who appreciate a good glas of wine will find hints and fine recommendations as well as visits to first class winemakers. Stefano is a “professional drinker” 😉 – a certified sommelier too, well, he is a man of many talents!
We, the Fab Four (actually we were given this name by Stefano), feel honoured about this collaboration as Stefano runs a high quality blog from the US with Italian charme.
Thank a lot and big HUGS from the little village next the big sea
A very fine collaboration! I really enjoyed it!
Great work all around but it is the photos that are absolutely stunning. It felt like you took me right there to watch those magnificent creatures. My heart would have been racing.
That’s a wonderful collection of images of polar bears Stefano, very well done. 😉
Spectacular captures of a majestic creature — enjoyed the blend of your and Klausbernd’s work!