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Photo by @daisygilardini | Brown bear or grizzly bear? Is there actually a difference? 
According to the US National Park Service, grizzly and brown bears are the same species (Ursus arctos) but grizzlies are considered a separate subspecies (Ursus arctos horribilis). Generally in North America we refer to coastal bears as brown bears (they have access to marine food such as salmon) and to inland bears as grizzlies.

The difference in location and diet translates to a difference in size. Coastal bears (brown bears) are usually much bigger than inland bears (grizzly), as a result.

#brownbear #bear #grizzly #Alaska #lakeclarknationalpark #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | Brown bear or grizzly bear? Is there actually a difference? According to the US National Park Service, grizzly and brown bears are the same species (Ursus arctos) but grizzlies are considered a separate subspecies (Ursus arctos horribilis). Generally in North America we refer to coastal bears as brown bears (they have access to marine food such as salmon) and to inland bears as grizzlies. The difference in location and diet translates to a difference in size. Coastal bears (brown bears) are usually much bigger than inland bears (grizzly), as a result. #brownbear #bear #grizzly #Alaska #lakeclarknationalpark #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | Play is very important in each animal species as it helps the newborns grow stronger, build self-confidence, learn to socialize and hunt. Besides the biological importance of playing, this behaviour give us — the photographers — great photo opportunities. 
The IUCN Red List lists lions as “vulnerable.” The population is decreasing, and is down to 23,000-39,000 individuals left. 
Major threats include human-wildlife conflict, territory fragmentation, habitat loss, and trophy hunting. 
#Africa #lion #Botswana #chobenationalpark #lioncub #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | Play is very important in each animal species as it helps the newborns grow stronger, build self-confidence, learn to socialize and hunt. Besides the biological importance of playing, this behaviour give us — the photographers — great photo opportunities. The IUCN Red List lists lions as “vulnerable.” The population is decreasing, and is down to 23,000-39,000 individuals left. Major threats include human-wildlife conflict, territory fragmentation, habitat loss, and trophy hunting. #Africa #lion #Botswana #chobenationalpark #lioncub #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | In February/March penguin chicks go through their first moult. During this period, they change their warm, fluffy, downy feathers to sleek, waterproof adult feathers. The teenage penguins are becoming adult and are getting ready to leave the colony and go at sea.

It’s a delicate and also very uncomfortable period for the chicks, which spend a lot of time scratching and preening, trying to get rid of their old down feathers. The penguins’ funny look at this stage give us plenty of opportunities for funny portraits.

#antarctica #wildlifephotography #penguin #gentoopenguin #polar #climatechange #climatechangeisreal  #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | In February/March penguin chicks go through their first moult. During this period, they change their warm, fluffy, downy feathers to sleek, waterproof adult feathers. The teenage penguins are becoming adult and are getting ready to leave the colony and go at sea. It’s a delicate and also very uncomfortable period for the chicks, which spend a lot of time scratching and preening, trying to get rid of their old down feathers. The penguins’ funny look at this stage give us plenty of opportunities for funny portraits. #antarctica #wildlifephotography #penguin #gentoopenguin #polar #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | The warm colours of sunset usually put us in a reflective state of mind and naturally calm us down. 
In art and literature, sunsets often symbolize a quiet time to reflect, either little things that happened during the day or the big questions in life. 
The end of the day causes most creatures to quietly tuck in for the night to rest and get ready for a new day and a new beginning.

#sunset #antarctica #landscapephotography #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | The warm colours of sunset usually put us in a reflective state of mind and naturally calm us down. In art and literature, sunsets often symbolize a quiet time to reflect, either little things that happened during the day or the big questions in life. The end of the day causes most creatures to quietly tuck in for the night to rest and get ready for a new day and a new beginning. #sunset #antarctica #landscapephotography #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | The spring light in Svalbard is simply magical.
Back to civilization in Longyerbyen for the night and then off again for another adventure. 
Shot with drone permit n. RPAS 4503 released by Civil Aviation Authority - Norway

#polar #Svalbard #dronephotography #drone #landscapephotography  #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #motherhood #mother #cuddle #cute #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | The spring light in Svalbard is simply magical. Back to civilization in Longyerbyen for the night and then off again for another adventure. Shot with drone permit n. RPAS 4503 released by Civil Aviation Authority - Norway #polar #Svalbard #dronephotography #drone #landscapephotography #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #motherhood #mother #cuddle #cute #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @martinenckell | Just coming back after a week cruising the Svalbard fjords with some of the best polar guides I ever worked with. Thanks to Martin and Roy.  Ready to welcome my guests tomorrow and continue our adventure with @amazingviews!

Follow @martinenckell and @roymangersnes for more stunning images of these regions!
Photo by @martinenckell | Just coming back after a week cruising the Svalbard fjords with some of the best polar guides I ever worked with. Thanks to Martin and Roy. Ready to welcome my guests tomorrow and continue our adventure with @amazingviews! Follow @martinenckell and @roymangersnes for more stunning images of these regions!
Photo by @daisygilardini | The best time to observe the elusive spirit bear in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is during the salmon run in September.

This is when bears gather around the rivers to fish and teach their offspring how to catch salmon.

Contrary to what many people think, bears are not great fishermen. Their success rate is around one-in-four, or 25%. Interestingly, studies show that spirit bears' white coat is less visible to salmon in daylight. This gives the bears a slight advantage when fishing, and raises their success rate to about one-in-three, or 30%. This slight advantage makes it easier for them to gain the fat reserves necessary for hibernation. It might also explain why the gene has not receded over time.

The Kermode bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. Due to a unique recessive gene, this subspecies of the American Black bear has white or cream-coloured fur.

#spiritbear #kermodebear #blackbear #greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia  #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | The best time to observe the elusive spirit bear in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is during the salmon run in September. This is when bears gather around the rivers to fish and teach their offspring how to catch salmon. Contrary to what many people think, bears are not great fishermen. Their success rate is around one-in-four, or 25%. Interestingly, studies show that spirit bears' white coat is less visible to salmon in daylight. This gives the bears a slight advantage when fishing, and raises their success rate to about one-in-three, or 30%. This slight advantage makes it easier for them to gain the fat reserves necessary for hibernation. It might also explain why the gene has not receded over time. The Kermode bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. Due to a unique recessive gene, this subspecies of the American Black bear has white or cream-coloured fur. #spiritbear #kermodebear #blackbear #greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | A proposal to develop commercial seal hunting on Canada’s  West coast was presented to the federal government just this past February.

Harbour seal populations have increased dramatically since the 1970s. The initiative’s organizer, Ken Pearce, says  the plan will employ around 4,000 people, “and bring the pinnipeds” — marine mammals with both front and rear flippers — “back into historical balance.” While the seal population has grown, the Chinook salmon population is collapsing along on Canada’s West Coast. The coast’s southern killer whale population is increasingly endangered.

Scientists at the University of B.C. argue that a seal cull might save the Chinook salmon. On the other hand, the proposed removal of half of the seal population, or 50%, might starve the transient killer whale population.

B.C.’s western coast is a delicate and finely balanced ecosystem. Human intervention could have serious consequences. Besides the ecological impact, area politicians will have to deal with the potential fallout these actions could have on Canada’s  international reputation.

The picture above shows a white-coat harp seal, native to Canada’s East Coast. This seal was photographed in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

#seal #harpseal #whitecoat #polar #conservation #quebec #Canada #cute #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags  #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | A proposal to develop commercial seal hunting on Canada’s West coast was presented to the federal government just this past February. Harbour seal populations have increased dramatically since the 1970s. The initiative’s organizer, Ken Pearce, says the plan will employ around 4,000 people, “and bring the pinnipeds” — marine mammals with both front and rear flippers — “back into historical balance.” While the seal population has grown, the Chinook salmon population is collapsing along on Canada’s West Coast. The coast’s southern killer whale population is increasingly endangered. Scientists at the University of B.C. argue that a seal cull might save the Chinook salmon. On the other hand, the proposed removal of half of the seal population, or 50%, might starve the transient killer whale population. B.C.’s western coast is a delicate and finely balanced ecosystem. Human intervention could have serious consequences. Besides the ecological impact, area politicians will have to deal with the potential fallout these actions could have on Canada’s international reputation. The picture above shows a white-coat harp seal, native to Canada’s East Coast. This seal was photographed in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. #seal #harpseal #whitecoat #polar #conservation #quebec #Canada #cute #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | This well-fed brown bear is resting comfortable on the beach between fishing sessions. 
During the end of summer/beginning of the fall, salmon return in large numbers to Alaska’s coastal rivers to reproduce. It’s feasting time for  grizzly bears.

At the beginning of the run, they gorge themselves — eating as many salmon as they can in order to build up the fat reserves necessary for the long winter hibernation.

Towards the end of the run, they will slow down and be more picky in their choice of food. They dismiss male salmon and focus on females with eggs. At this time, the bears often only eat the skin and brains of fish, which are richer in fat, and leave the rest of the fish for other animals to eat.

#bear #brownbear #grizzlybear #alaska #lakeclarknationalpark #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags  #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | This well-fed brown bear is resting comfortable on the beach between fishing sessions. During the end of summer/beginning of the fall, salmon return in large numbers to Alaska’s coastal rivers to reproduce. It’s feasting time for grizzly bears. At the beginning of the run, they gorge themselves — eating as many salmon as they can in order to build up the fat reserves necessary for the long winter hibernation. Towards the end of the run, they will slow down and be more picky in their choice of food. They dismiss male salmon and focus on females with eggs. At this time, the bears often only eat the skin and brains of fish, which are richer in fat, and leave the rest of the fish for other animals to eat. #bear #brownbear #grizzlybear #alaska #lakeclarknationalpark #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini |  When photographing wild animals in their natural environment,  I always try to catch and freeze their personalities in a single frame.

Harp seals’ white coats make some of the cutest animal photographs I’ve ever taken. Their black eyes and super-fluffy coats are simply irresistible. 
#seal #harpseal #whitecoat #polar #conservation #quebec #Canada #cute #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags  #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | When photographing wild animals in their natural environment, I always try to catch and freeze their personalities in a single frame. Harp seals’ white coats make some of the cutest animal photographs I’ve ever taken. Their black eyes and super-fluffy coats are simply irresistible. #seal #harpseal #whitecoat #polar #conservation #quebec #Canada #cute #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | A strong foreground is essential to any successful landscape photography.

We look at things three-dimensionally with our own eyes in real life, but what we see through photography is flattened into a two-dimensional image. In order to enhance depth perception and lend an illusion of a three-dimensional space, one needs a strong foreground to lead the viewer’s eye into the image.

In this particular instance, I chose to use the iceberg in the foreground. I took extra advantage of the iceberg’s complementary colours, in order to lead the eye into the beautiful sunrise reflection and ice field in the background.

#Antarctica #iceberg #sunrise #landscapephotography #polar #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags  #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | A strong foreground is essential to any successful landscape photography. We look at things three-dimensionally with our own eyes in real life, but what we see through photography is flattened into a two-dimensional image. In order to enhance depth perception and lend an illusion of a three-dimensional space, one needs a strong foreground to lead the viewer’s eye into the image. In this particular instance, I chose to use the iceberg in the foreground. I took extra advantage of the iceberg’s complementary colours, in order to lead the eye into the beautiful sunrise reflection and ice field in the background. #Antarctica #iceberg #sunrise #landscapephotography #polar #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | Meerkats are extremely interesting creatures. They lead complex social lives and live in large communities, comprised of several families. They live in arid areas of southern Africa, such as the Kalahari region of Namibia, South Africa, and southwestern Botswana.
They sleep in burrows at night and leave at the first rays of sun in the morning.
After  warming up in the sun for a few minutes, they take off on their daily hunt. A handful of colony members serve as lookouts, watching out for predators —  eagles, hawks and jackals — while the others forage for food: birds, lizards, insects, and fruit. 
#meerkat #africa #Botswana #wildlifephotography  #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent
Photo by @daisygilardini | Meerkats are extremely interesting creatures. They lead complex social lives and live in large communities, comprised of several families. They live in arid areas of southern Africa, such as the Kalahari region of Namibia, South Africa, and southwestern Botswana. They sleep in burrows at night and leave at the first rays of sun in the morning. After warming up in the sun for a few minutes, they take off on their daily hunt. A handful of colony members serve as lookouts, watching out for predators — eagles, hawks and jackals — while the others forage for food: birds, lizards, insects, and fruit. #meerkat #africa #Botswana #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent