Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Ever since I read The Cage by Audrey Schulman, I’ve been fascinated by the thought of seeing polar bears in the wild. I’m not sure why. The book is about a nature photographer who joins an expedition to photograph polar bears in the Arctic. They have high tech equipment, including a “safe cage” to photograph and study the bears from. The author did an incredible job of making her readers feel the burning chill of the arctic landscape and also portrayed the bears as the wild, dangerous creatures they are, not the amusing swimmers we watch at the zoo.

Then Mary Carillo did a segment during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in which she travelled to Churchill, Canada to see polar bears in the wild. As in Schulman’s book, Carillo was protected. She viewed the bears from the safety of a tundra buggy with a tour guide. The polar bears came right up to the monster ice trucks. It looked thrilling. It looked like an endangered opportunity; something that won’t always be available to us as global warming continues. It looked like something I need to do someday. I’ve added it to my list of future adventures.

Someday I’ll see polar bears. And it won’t be through the window of a zoo.

What animal do you want to see in the wild?

15 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

  1. OMG that is so cool. I’d like to see polar bears too … although maybe from a safer distance than a buggy. I’ve seen them in the zoo (and felt bad for them in their enclosure) and they are huge ! I’m going to make a note to pick up The Cage.

  2. A great interpretation of the photo challenge theme! I’d really like to see the big cats out in the wild…. lions, cheetahs, bobcats, etc. I know there are African safaris that do tours but as far as I know, it’s rare to catch a glimpse of them and if you do, it’s always from a good distance (or else you risk getting mauled). I’m glad the book portrays polar bears as they are though and not like some fluffy, benign character we often see in media or zoos.

  3. I would pick polar bears, too! They’ve been one of my favorite animals for as long as I can remember, and I’d just love to see them in their natural habitat. In the meantime, I’m going to check out the book you mentioned. Thank you for the suggestion! 🙂

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