The Northern shores of Hudson's Bay are an area of flat and unforgiving tundra inhabited by Caribou, Polar bears, Wolves, foxes, and a variety of rodents.
The bears go out on the frozen ice to hunt seals for much of the year, but they must come ashore when the ice melts and it's a lean time for all
Even the foxes follow the bears out onto the ice when the bay freezes, scrounging on lemings and other small creatures in the summer
The wolves, as wolves everywhere, go where they want
This time of year of course there are beautiful auroras to be seen on clear nights
But it really is the polar bears one goes to see. However, its see and be seen!
The boundary line between idle curosity and "lets go see if that's something we can eat?" is never entirely clear.
This is a three year old cub lavishing affection on his/her mother. Mom looks like she's had just about enough.
But junior cries loudly when pushed away.
Barring any 'real food' the bears make do with fermented seaweed that they did from the center of the piles on the shoreline
But they are forever on the lookout for anything else they might eat
Mother and cub are quick to turn and evaluate a new smell for food or danger
The best thing about this area is that the bears are not afraid and come quite close
And even closer
Perhaps even too close.
But chased off they just go back to relaxing while they wait for the bay to freeze over
Gyr falcons are pan-arctic and happy to glide overhead looking for any small shore birds they might dine on
And the wolf is constantly prowling for lemmings or rabbits or .....
Sometimes the bears look so cute you can't imagine there could be any danger
But then a close look at the wolf serves as a reminder - although in fact this guy never growled at us and was simply curious
But in the end all of the animals simply pick up and walk away