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In previous posts, I have mentioned the book that I am working on with my polar bear guide, Dennis Comparyre, titled "One Man's Polar Bear". He is doing the writing -- lots of very touching and poignant stuff from his days as the very first tundra buggy driver -- and I am doing all the shooting. One of the highlights of his days actually living on the tundra in an old buggy was meeting and befriending a bear that Dennis named Dancer -- again, I think I have mentioned Dancer before. Dancer would actually stand up on his hind legs and stick his head through the open window of Dennis's buggy and share his sandwich at lunch time. The following paragraph is an excerpt from one chapter of the book that is about Dancer and it mentions the scars on his face from many battles out on the ice.
"As far as polar bears go Dancer was a near perfect specimen in a physical sense. He was a lump of a bear with muscle well defined even below a thick layer of fat. His ponderous behind, the true measure of a polar bears health and stature, I'm sure was eyed with envy and caution by other males. No doubt it convinced more than a few ladies, come courting time out on the ice with the promise of spring in the air, that he was the one. If the polar bearís hunting prowess is directly related to the size of his rear end then Dancer took a back seat to no others. Although I could only offer an educated guess I would say he was around eight years old when he made the trek from the Cape to visit for the first time. The scars on his broad face from battling over the ladies or protecting a kill told me he was a warrior approaching his prime, already the respect shown by other bears was evident and the few challenges to his authority were quickly dealt with."
Check out the website on the book here: www.onemanspolarbear.com and if you like it give me a like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tecshots.
PS -- this shot of Dancer was taken last November and Dennis estimates that he is now about 18 years old.
NIKON D3X 600mm f/8.0 1/800s 400 ISO +0.3 EV