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Glatzer and guests hit polar bear photography jackpot at Seal River Lodge

Polar mom and cubs out for a stroll at Seal River Lodge.
Polar mom and cubs out for a stroll at Seal River Heritage Lodge.

by Mike Reimer with photos by Charles Glatzer

If you spend enough time in the Arctic’s exclusively wild locations you will eventually hit the “jackpot” and have an experience with wild things that rivals anything you’ve ever done.

November 8, 2015 at Churchill Wild’s Seal River Lodge proved to be one of those “pinch me I must be dreaming” kind of days that just wouldn’t quit offering opportunities for exceptional wildlife photography.

Icescapes, seascapes and polar bears.
Icescapes, seascapes and polar bears.

A parade of bears through phenomenal icescapes was preceded by an early morning Aurora Borealis display, and the day finished with a spectacular sunset followed by another full night of Aurora action beyond belief. No less than eight bears showed up at lunch alone.

Photo leader Charles Glatzer of ShootTheLight.com, a veteran of countless wildlife photography trips, said it best and proved it with incredible shots.

Polar bear surveying his domain at Seal River.
Polar bear surveying his domain at Seal River.

“Today proved to be one of the most productive of my wildlife career,” said Glatzer. “It started with amazing northern lights at 4:30 a.m. and before the day ended I had photographed over 11 individual polar bears including a sow with two COY (cubs of the year), all within varied backgrounds and stunning Arctic conditions. It was truly a day that I, and those with me, will never forget.”

Northern Lights over Seal River Heritage Lodge.
Northern Lights over Seal River Heritage Lodge.

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