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Facing the storm together. The Story Behind the Photo.

Polar bear and fox. Facing the storm together at Seal River Heritage Lodge.
Polar bear and fox. Facing the storm together at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Photo courtesy of Birgit Cathrin-Duval

Facing the storm together. The Story Behind the Photo. 

Story and photo by Birgit-Cathrin Duval

It was a cold and stormy November afternoon at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Some of my fellow guests decided to stay indoors, but not me. I love challenging weather, so I bundled up and headed outside with our guides Terry and Andy. There was a polar bear hanging around near the lodge, though he seemed quite restless, moving around a lot, perhaps in search of shelter from the storm.

Suddenly, a fox appeared and started following the polar bear. I was lucky to capture the moment when the polar bear and the fox stood next to each other in harmony as though they were best friends, facing the freezing wind of the Arctic together. 

Thank you for sharing this truly unique photo and story Birgit!

Birgit Cathrin-Duvall is an award-winning freelance journalist, photographer and author based in Germany. The story she wrote about her 2012 Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River Heritage Lodge for Badische Zeitung (Germany) won the 2014 GoMedia Award of Excellence.

Our new Churchill Wild 25th anniversary book features a number of images from our polar bear lodges that include “The Story Behind the Photo” as provided by the photographer. Last month we featured a photo from Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge entitled “Autumn Snuggle” by guest Ramona Boone.

Copies of Churchill Wild — 25 Years of Adventure on the Hudson Bay Coast are now available at our head office. There are also a limited number of copies available at our polar bear lodges. For more information please call 1.866.UGO.WILD (846.9453) or email info@churchillwild.com.

Churchill Wild. 25 Years of Adventure on the Hudson Bay Coast. Cover photo by Sean Crane.
Churchill Wild. 25 Years of Adventure on the Hudson Bay Coast. Cover photo by Sean Crane.

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