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The polar bears were awesome.
They’re one of the only North
American animals for whom you’re
potentially a food source. They’re
looking at you like you’re a hamburger. We were shooting for one
week. I’ve got big lenses, but I was
probably 25 yards away, in a vehicle.
It was a 25th anniversary trip with
my wife, Beth. She was very gracious
to let me take her to see the polar
bears. You worry, of course, because
of climate change, that this oppor-
tunity will go away one day.
SNOWY OWLS & PINE MARTEN
I just returned from Ottawa, where I pho-
tographed snowy owls—and also a pine
marten. Finding the owls is no problem.
The martens are almost impossible to spot
and required getting up at 4 in the morn-
ing and driving three hours to a provincial
park, where the martens have learned to
climb inside a garbage can with a broken
lock to scavenge. I paid a guide $400 a
day and we waited in the freezing rain for
over 10 hours with no luck. Who would do
that? Finally, one crawled from the forest
and ran up high in a tree, providing me the
opportunity for a not-great photo. That one
was only good enough for Facebook.
Looking at this moment, it’s hard not to picture yourself, in some
way, interacting with your child. It’s a very natural moment, and I
was excited to be in Rwanda seeing the gorillas. I had a silverback
grab my camera strap and try and steal the camera. I grabbed it
back, turned around and took his photo. It was not the smartest of
moves, but it was awesome.