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Bruemmer, Fred

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ISBN 10: 1890310034 / ISBN 13: 9781890310035
Published by Images of Nature, 1997
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Bruemmer, Fred. POLAR DANCE: BORN OF THE NORTH WIND. Images of Nature, c1997. 264pp. illus. color photos. Thomas Mangelsen. rectangular 4to. As new hardcover in d/j. Bookseller Inventory # 81008

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Publisher: Images of Nature

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Over two hundred photographs chronicle the lives of a mother polar bear, her two cubs, and a lone male bear through the seasons of an Arctic year


In the vast shadowed winterscape of frozen seas and ice-capped shores the polar bears of the high Arctic, huge and lumbering, have evolved suited to a harsh environment. Through the stark, near-surreal photographs of biologist/photographer Mangelsen, and the moving text of Canadian naturalist Bruemmer, we are caught up in the singular roaming for birthing and survival of a female and her two cubs, a lone male, and an arctic fox often dependent on a bear's leftover kill for sustenance. In mid-October the sun will set on this most northern place, not rising again for four months. It leaves an eerie "pallid world of grays and blacks and velvety blues and glints of milky moonlight upon the ice." The unusual gestation cycle of the female polar bear is followed as she wends her way northward to her place of birth where she will carve a snow den, fasting without food or water for eight months. She and the cubs she will give birth to are sustained on the blubber she has carefully acquired beforehand. Her cubs will be with her for at least a couple of years, learning how to forage for seals, and to respond to their keen olfactory sense that alerts them to distant food, other bears, and danger. Manglesen's photos are hauntingly beautiful. His bears and birds and foxes against an unremitting unpeopled horizon and vast spaces of primitive space are mesmerizing; as is the graphic detail of life in the form of a mother plodding ice floes trailed by her two tiny cubs; a bare seven-pound arctic fox covered in dense white fur in a snowstorm; a snowy owl perched on a dome of ice in a vast nothing world. The story holds one to the page in the best tradition of tale-telling. Bruemmer has lived long with the Inuit. He knows the lure, the land, the habits of creatures who not only survive, but thrive, in this place beyond urban living. His prose is magical, capturing the moods of an icy world and its inhabitants, as Mangelsen stills time for us graphically. Scientific fact and seductive lure of the little-known are intimately connected here in a remarkable book. -- From Independent Publisher

The great ice bear of the Far North follows seasonal and predictable patterns: in autumn, from waiting on the shore for the Hudson Bay to freeze, to continuing their pilgrimage north in summer in search of evanescent ice. Readers of Polar Dance will set out on a journey to the Arctic with the exquisite photography of Thomas Mangelsen as they engage in Fred Bruemmer's story of a mother polar bear and her two cubs, and a lone male bear through a complete revolution of seasons. This amazing account captures the vast habitat of these magnificent creatures, along with detailed descriptions of flora and fauna native to the polar bears' domain. Also included are the Inuit, and how both man and beast have learned to live off land that has been considered inhospitable to all forms of life. Polar Dance is a unique and valuable body of work. -- Midwest Book Review

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