Playful Photos of Polar Bears Frolicking in Flower Fields During Summer

Although we're used to seeing polar bears inhabiting snowy, icy landscapes during the winter, we rarely think about these majestic beasts in any other environments as the seasons change.

As summer rolls around, though, it can be amazing to see the kind of shenanigans the furry creatures get themselves into. Polar bears in Northern Canada's Hudson Bay can be found playing in gorgeous flower fields, munching on freshly caught fish, and hunting beluga whales.

While staying at lodges run by Churchill Wild in Manitoba, Canada, wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Fast captured these incredible shots of polar bears frolicking in fields of fireweed.

Surrounded by bright flowers, the playful bears can be seen rolling around, napping, and poking their heads up amongst the blooms.

Come early autumn, polar bears start to wait for ice to reform in the bay so they can return to their winter hunting grounds, but for at least a short time in the summer, they get a chance to enjoy the sunshine and blossoms.

Responses to "Canadian Photographer Captures Polar Bears Playing In Flower Fields"

  1. These are absolutely beautiful photos

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    beautiful! thank you so much for sharing

  4. Anonymous says:

    love this wow amazing!!!!

  5. Unknown says:

    Beautiful animals and beautiful fotos, thankyou for sharing with us.

  6. pilvikki says:

    in my language polar bears are icebears. which would make an automatic pun with the fireweed...
    lovely shots!

  7. Anonymous says:

    One word - wonderful!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous pictures!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing with us. Lovely to see these bears 'smelling the roses' .... or whatever! :)

  10. Well a girl needs parfum during mating season doesn't she?!

  11. Unknown says:

    What lovely photos! Thank you for sharing them with the world.

  12. fkl says:

    These are so incredible! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Carol says:

    Thank You for these incredible photos. We can cherish them forever <3

  14. This is just so delightful it made my heart smile.

  15. Unknown says:

    Thank you for the dedication and beauty you share here....

  16. Constance says:

    I would love to have permission to animate a couple and send them to you. These are so beautiful. Kudos from one photog to another!

  17. jem says:

    That would be the glorious Fireweed plant blooming in mid to late summer in the north. I create a flower essence and have a business with that plants name. I know her well and why the bears would love her.

  18. Absolutely breathtaking

  19. I hope I may use these rare photos to inspire others, Dennis.

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  21. Beautiful photos but where are the photos of them eating the freshly caught fish, they look well fed but is there not shortages in fish stocks world wide??

  22. OMGosh, this is just incredible!

  23. clarabird says:

    Majestic af. XD

  24. Unknown says:

    These are precious. Definitely very happy and satisfied. Wonderful photos too. Thank you! HUGS

  25. Linda says:

    as fireweed aka rosebay willowherb.. is good for the skin externally and edible.. they may be more than one reason they are there

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  27. arsailman says:

    Having seen them in Churchill in November, these are great to see. Thanks..

  28. Unknown says:

    Absolutely brilliant - every creature deserve joy in their life - and captured se beautifully. Thank you fro sharing

  29. Anonymous says:

    Global Warming isn't that bad after all

  30. Amazing work, thanks for sharing :)

  31. Unknown says:

    Beautiful photos of such wonderful animals!

  32. Martha says:


  33. Tansel says:

    spectacular, wonderful photos. I cannot stop looking at them. Thank you for sharing with us.

  34. Unknown says:

    Fantastic photos !!! I lived up there twice and saw the bears several times, but I was never able to see them in such a beautiful setting. They are such beautiful creatures. It warms my heart to see them like this. THANK YOU FOR SHARING !!!!!!!!

  35. Unknown says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.

  36. Valter says:

    These are super cute, but kind of alarming when it comes to climate change.

  37. Unknown says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  38. David says:


  39. Magnifiques photographies de mon animal préféré !

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  41. satsang says:

    Absolutely breathtaking, can prints be bought?

  42. breathtaking

  43. Unknown says:

    I could not love this more! This is the best ever! Thank you to the photographer from the bottom of my heart for sharing these photographs!

  44. How can I buy prints?

  45. Unknown says:

    Amazing! The contrast of the flowers and bears - wonderful!

  46. So cute, but please stay away from me!

  47. Kwerkie says:

    This must happen quite often -- not necessarily due to sudden climate change -- because those flowers came up from seeds left there the last time they bloomed.

  48. cranioDan says:

    Absolutely beautiful and soul-lifting!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful photos! Its lovely to see them happy and not starving!!
    Thank You for sharing.

  50. These photos are superb. They fill my soul with joy. What a contrast to polar bear on ice flow shots which is all we seem to get. It is wonderful to see these magnificent animals in this environment. Thank you.

  51. Those photos are superb and awesome, on the other hand, the bear really looks very cute

  52. Unknown says:

    OMG These are so beautiful! Love them all! <3

  53. Anonymous says:

    The fragrance must be like ambrosia to them, like olfactory calming therapy. There was one picture with a bear having a blossom coming out of its mouth. Apparently they must be edible…

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