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INSPIRATION


PLANET POR TRAITS © Russell Millner


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STORY Polar Love Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 80-300DO, 1/600 f5.6, ISO 100


We were on an expedition vessel, a converted Russian research ship, in the waters off Svalbard, mid July with the ice breaking up. We had been watching a mother and two second year cubs, in great light, on the port side of the boat. As we left them, almost immediately, we saw this mother with her two first year cubs on the starboard side. Unfortunately, as is the way in places like that, the fog came in and the light went, leaving the steely grey sea in the background. Fortunately there was still enough light to bring out the amazing yellow colours of a polar bear, contrasting with the brilliant white of the ice floe. We were lucky enough to spend time just watching the interactions between the two cubs and between the cubs and their mother. I often look at this photo and wonder how they got on, did they both survive; I hope so, but I’ll never know.


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About the Artist


Russell Millner is a heart surgeon with a passion for nature photography and travel writing. Traveling widely to enjoy the great outdoors and create memorable images. Recent trips have included South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, Svalbard, Namibia, Zambia to name but a few. During which he found himself ‘on foot’ little more than one meter from a (wild) young male lion; thankfully, more surprised than Russell - the lion turned tail and ran!


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