March 3, 2016

Welcome To The World

Some people inclines to spend their vacation in luxurious cruise, enjoying the buffet and sunbathing at the deck.

Some inclines to spend their vacation under the hood of their cars working on modifications.

Some inclines to sit in their couch watching Netflix.

Three days ago, I found a strange kind of people with a very different inclination that startled me. They inclined to dress in Michelin Man-kind of clothing, standing shoulder to shoulder, forming a wall against -50F windchill and 40 mile/hour gust for hours and hours in some remote place on earth. They reminded me of a scene in the March of the Penguins, where the Emperor penguins stayed close to each other against a snow storm.

They must be nuts.

But from the expression on these people's eyes, I could tell they were having the best time of their life.

How did I know for sure?

​Because I was one of them. And I had a big grin on my face, even though I got a frost bite on my nose.

(How did it feel to be in -50? It will be described in the next post, together with some of my concerns on the situation of the polar bear based on this trip.)

Some said whoever has the most toys when they die don't win.

To experience something beyond our limit, and to just have a glimpse of the new life appearing in such extreme condition is a life-changing experience. ​

We are all so tied up on our daily chores, our emotion driven by our success or failure, by the expectation of ourselves, others and the society. It really doesn't matter at the end. 

Whenever we have a bad day, just remember, somewhere at the edge of the world, at a small opening in an endless snow field, a little living being with this face,  is coming out onto this world with a pair of curious eyes, year after year. And they share this same planet with us.​

Polar bear cub, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Canon 1DX, 600mm f/4, 1.4x teleconverter, f/11, 1/1250s, ISO 800, tripod.

(In the next couple of days, I will keep posting here with more of my polar bear encounter including pics. If you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up my email list so I can email you the updates weekly.)

Tin Man Lee

Tin Man Lee has a deep love for wildlife and photography. Most recently, he won the Grand Prize of Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International with the winning photo currently displaying at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, while having a full time job in medical imaging. He is the judge for Nature's Best Photography Asia and Viewbug. Through this blog he hopes to share what worked for him and what didn't while learning the craft of wildlife photography.