Sunday, December 25, 2016

Photographer travels to Alaska to photograph polar bears in their natural habitat. What she finds shocks her.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Photographer Patty Waymire traveled to Alaska’s Barter Island from late September to early October with an express purpose: To take pictures of polar bears in their natural environment, surrounded by picturesque snow. 

But there was no snow to be found. 

“I was surprised when I arrived, to find there was no snow nor was the sea ice forming yet,” Waymire told The Huffington Post. “The locals told me that it was an unusually warm winter and that the snow would be late in arriving. It is one of the warmest winters on record.” 

So instead, she photographed the bears on patches of sand and dirt, or swimming in the Beaufort Sea.

I say this all of the time so pardon me for being redundant, but nobody living in Alaska has the luxury of denying the existence of global warming.

And to be fair it was not the scientists who were beating the drums about climate change up here, it was the native Alaskans.

They saw it before anybody, and they tried to tell people, but nobody seemed to want to listen until it was too late.

(P.S. You can visit the website for his wonderful photographer by clicking here.)


  1. What the hell is wrong with Alaskan politicians and basic idiots like Palin who know the truth but still push drilling in one of the most endangered places on the planet?

    You can't spend oil money when there won't be any humans to sell you anything.

  2. We may have to start providing special igloo dens for these bears to have their cubs in.

    1. Are we going to feed them too?

    2. Anonymous3:05 PM

      Naw, they will just eat sled dogs and anyone that doesn't outrun them.

    3. We may have to figure out some way to keep the species alive, not excluding inadvertent feedings if you get my drift.

  3. Anonymous1:20 PM

    Here's what motivates those who want to profit from their established oil/gas/coal investments: they see alternative every coming, which means slowly reducing demand for their products, until at some point it will be a cliff: near-zero profits possible.

    Because of solar and electric cars. And new stuff yet to be developed that will stop ravaging our earth.

    So the last-gasp profiteering we will see will be ugly. The oil/gas/coal billionaires will not let go gracefully. You didn't really think they would bow out in a gentlemanly way, did you? No, there will be blood.

    Why do we read so little about this? Hmmm?

    1. Then they're pretty stupid.

      They know we're passed the peaks.

      What they should be doing as they're squeezing out the last of their profits is diversifying into wind, solar and batteries. It's a race for the next great battery. They can't stop it coming. But they can pivot and be the owners and controllers of that market.

  4. It can be explained with a few concepts.

    Follow the money.

    Polar bears don't vote.

    Native Americans are too small of a demographic.

  5. The oil/gas season ends around late September to early October


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