When thinking about polar bears, most of us imagine these massive beasts surrounded by an icy landscape. But as it turns out, the majestic polar bears also have a pretty playful side, which they reveal once the summer shows on.
I am sure none of you have ever imagined a polar bear having fun a filed full of flowers, but luckily this photographer captured the scenes on camera. I guarantee you’ve never seen a happier polar bear!
During the winter, it is nothing but an endless ocean of ice, yet, during the short summer, the fields of Manitoba, Canada are covered in pinky flowers. A perfect opportunity for the massive polar bears to act childish.
Great fond of wildlife, and polar bears in special, the Canadian photographer Dennis Fast managed to grab some extremely adorable shots of the polar giants while bathing in the pinky flower ocean!
“[I]t’s not just their colour that makes them a favourite target of my camera,” the wildlife photographer told My Modern Met. “They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world, and that there is nothing they are afraid of. It’s not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans and that translates well to the polar bear.”
The photos are even more spectacular as everyone is used to see these massive predators roaming through the vast Northern frozen lands.
“Most of the people are familiar with shots of polar bears in the ice and snow off Hudson Bay in Northern Canada and in other polar regions,” Fast said. “They are so ingrained in people’s minds that you might think the North experiences only winter.”
For Fast it was a fine opportunity to get a glimpse of “the North’s most iconic animals” – his favorite! For him, getting so close to these magnificent creatures was but a dream came true.
“I must say it is a real joy to see a polar bear in my viewfinder. It is amazing to spend quality time with my favourite animal. And quality time means spending a lot of time with the bears,” he said. “Once I laughed out loud as I watched a relaxed polar bear bare his teeth to pluck a single flower from a stem of fireweed blossoms and roll it around between his lips.”