First day on the tundra
An early start this morning as we headed out on our very first polar rover experience tracking the polar bears of Churchill.
The morning was spent admiring the landscape, now awash with reds and oranges from the rising sun, keeping our eye out for ptarmigan nestled in the stubby willow thickets, and snowy owls atop the spruce trees. These trees had such interesting shapes as the the ice crystals from the prevailing winds blasted one side of them, hailing some of them as 'flag trees' as you could tell the wind direction by looking at them.
Before lunch we were treated to our first polar bear asleep on the edge of a frozen pond.
We didn't get too close so as not to disturb, but stayed with him for a couple of hours, watching him pop his head up every now and then for a sniff and a yawn, before getting back to the important business of napping whilst basking in the hazy sunlight.