Climbing Polar Bear
We were in a small icebreaker ship traveling off the Austfonna glacier in Nordaustlandet, Svalbard when our guide Rinie van Muers spotted a tiny bit of yellow in the midst of all the icebergs. None of the passengers could spot the bear until we were quite a ways into the ice. The bear was interested in us and provided quite a show. In this photo she is climbing up an iceberg. At the top of the iceberg she was checking us out. We imagined she was calculating how to get on board.
IUCN Red List: Vunerable
Processing: Crop, Clarity, Tone, Vibrance, Sharpening