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Polar bear at sunrise. Seal River Heritage Lodge. Ian Johnson photo

Polar bear at sunrise. Seal River Heritage Lodge. Ian Johnson photo

by Ian Johnson, Ian Johnson Safaris & Photography

Ian Johnson of Ian Johnson Safaris.

Ian Johnson.

Polar bear sunrise at 8 a.m. It’s November, guests are in Seal River Heritage Lodge having breakfast all nice and toasty. I’m all alone in the yard protected by an 8-foot fence. Bob the polar bear has just awoken from sleeping on a warm bed of dry kelp. It’s a cool minus 17°C outside.

Magical is the only word to describe the experience as he walks calmly passed me, as the golden sunrise lights up the freezing Hudson Bay. To have an almost fully grown polar bear all to myself is something I’ll never forget!

About Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson has been walking with polar bears and showcasing the Churchill Wild ecolodges to his photography clients since 2012. He’ll be back again when travel resumes around the world. Word-of-mouth business has been good.

The 53-year-old professional safari guide, photographer and ecotourism consultant has been leading photography tours around the globe through his Ian Johnson Safaris since 2000, focusing on wildlife, culture and landscapes.

Ian caters to a wide range of clients, from photographers who want to get on the ground and into the bush for the perfect shot, to high-end luxury groups who might just want the pure wildlife experience. Churchill Wild satisfies both requirements.

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