When to Use Your Camera:
When there's no time to sketch.
When the subject is moving so fast that you need to freeze the action
For intricate features, lighting or details
abrieviated from David Rankin's book, Fast Sketching Techniques
In David's book, he includes a few more reasons but I think the above are the ones I relate to the most. I would add, "when you want to see more than your eye or your binoculars can reveal".
I found this delightful. Female Polar Bears fast during the summer and fall months, while they are denning and nursing their cubs. They live off of the layer of blubber that they have stored beneath their black skin. The blubber both insulates them from the cold and provides nutrition during months when there is no sea ice. It also provides the fat-rich milk that nourishes their cubs.
Churchill, Manitoba, provided for only one day on the tundra. I wanted to internalize that experience as much as possible and observe everything I could about the bears' behavior. She slept. She nuzzled her cubs. She moved slowly, conserving energy. She stood upright to her full height and sniffed the air. Her fur appeared soft and thick. Her walk was a fluid movement--and though there is no known nutritional value for her, she chewed grass--while she and her cubs waited for sea ice to freeze on the Hudson Bay.
For more about Polar Bears and my journey to Churchill, visit Journey to Churchill at Vickie Henderson Art.
Click here for Part 1--Polar Bears on the Hudson Bay
Link to my Polar Bear videoEcological Society of America
Ecological Applications report of decline of Polar Bears
Hudson Bay Buggies and Bears with Rail Travel Tours
Learn about Polar Bears
History of Churchill from Churchill Science
the impact of sea ice decline