Mother and cub polar bear (Ursus maritimus) nestle together for warmth while re sting along the arctic landscape.
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A portrait of a sleeping polar bear.
Captive American black bear and cub.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING.
A polar bear cub (Ursus maritimus) finds a peaceful sleeping spot on its mother 's head.
WAPUSK NATIONAL PARK, CANADA.
Portrait of a sleeping polar bear cub.
Hudson Bay, Canada.
An Arctic fox under a full moon on a February morning.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) with young.
A wolf howls at twilight.
A mountain lion pauses at the edge of a cliff.
Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona.
A portrait of a polar bear mother and her cubs (Ursus maritimus).
HUDSON BAY, CANADA.
A mountain lion pauses on a ledge inside this swirled rock chasm.
Small gentle ripples move across the calm surface of the Arctic Ocean.
A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and a husky cuddle up to each other in the snow.
Moss-covered rocks fill a misty wooded hillside.
Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany.
The Aurora Borealis shimmers in the sky above silhouetted evergreeens.
Snow blanketed evergreen trees and the aurora borealis at night.
Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada.
A sleepy polar bear mother (Ursus maritimus) serves as a protective bed for her cub.
A mountain lion mother with her young sits at the mouth of a cave.
A polar bear plays with an old tire.
Musk-oxen (Ovibos moschatus) huddle together in a protective formation, called a defending ring, during a blizzard.
Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Woodland stream and rapids, time exposure.
HARZ/HOCHHARZ NATIONAL PARK, GERMANY.
Bison walking in front of Lion Geyser in deep winter.
Close view of leopard sleeping in tree.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Portrait of an American bald eagle.
A portrait of a Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae).
Ancient fir trees in forest.
A red fox, Vulpes vulpes, noses a polar bear, Ursus maritimus.
Churchill area, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada.
Close view of leopard in tree.
This polar bear (Ursus maritimus) cub rests soundly atop its mother's head.
Ghostly bison in steam during winter, Yellowstone National Park.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus).
HUDSON BAY, NEAR CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, CANADA.
Rock formations at Bryce Canyon with a light dusting of snow.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
This young polar bear (Ursus maritimus) cub rests comfortably atop the back of his mother.
Silhouette of a gray wolf at sunset.
Close view of sleeping two-day-old harp seal pup.
Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Newfoundland, Canada.
A shot of a deep space photograph flecked with galaxies.
Grizzly bear vocalizing.
Male African lion dozing in the sun.
A polar bear interacting with a Canadian Eskimo dog.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
Wapiti, or elk, male amidst falling snow.
A group of northern American bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus alascensis) sit on a tree's sparse perches. The American flag stands before them. The eagles await fish from benefactor Jean Keene, who has been feedingthe birds in the winter forthe past 23 years.
A mountain lion leaps from a rocky outcrop to another.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona.
A heavy blanket of snow and fog cover a group of pine trees in Yellowstone Nati onal Park giving them an other-worldy appearance.
WEST THUMB GEYSER BASIN, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING.
Waterfall time exposure, Bayerischer Wald National Park, Germany.
BAYERISCHER WALD NATIONAL PARK, GERMANY.
Winter landscape with Danube River, snow, and a single leafless tree.
Upper Danube River Valley Nature Park, Germany.
A portrait of a polar bear cub.
A harp seal pup lies on its side on the ice.
Gulf of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, Canada.
A newborn harp seal pup in its thin white coat rests undisturbed as the photog rapher takes this close-view photograph.
A mother Canadian lynx rests as her young looks around.
Mother polar bear coaxes her cub up a snow bank.
An aerial view of a pod of beluga whales congregated in an inlet.
Somerset Island, Northwest Territories, Canada.
A bison stands in a cold stream.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Snow-blanketed trees in a fairy tale winter landscape
Schau-ins-Land , Nature Park Suedschwarzwald, Germany.
A harp seal pup in a white coat stares directly at the camera.
A young American black bear (Ursus americanus) catches a scent in the breeze.
An Arctic tern delivers food to another.
A newborn harp seal pup in a thin white coat stares directly at the camera.
Bison stand in steam and snow.
American badger on rock.
Snow blanketed fir trees in Germany's Black Forest at sunrise.
Nature Park Suedschwarzwald, Germany.
A strange halo appears on the horizon in this photograph of the icy environment of the Arctic.
Rear view of polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and two cubs.
The sun appears as a bright pointed star in a crisp blue polar sky.
A portrait of a mountail lion.
Woodland view with ferns along stream.
SACHSISCHE SCHWEIZ NATIONAL PARK, GERMANY.
Captive wolf playing with pups in front of den.
A polar bear and her cubs sit near water's edge.
The Aurora Borealis shimmers in the night sky.
A man places the last block in an igloo he is constructing.
Head shot of polar bear (Ursus maritimus).
A close view of a captive male mountain lion (Felis concolor).
Green curtain of the aurora borealis over an evergreen forest.
A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) rolls through the snow.
Watzmann Massif and Konigssee Lake, Berchtesgaden National Park.
BERCHTESGADEN NATIONAL PARK, GERMANY.
Aerial view, Sachsische Schweiz National Park, Germany.
A portrait of a mountain lion.
Winter view in Bryce Canyon National Park.
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH.
Autumn foliage scenic with river view, Berchtesgaden National Park.
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus).
Portrait of a brown bear.
A polar bear resting on a hunk of ice in an Arctic sea.
Spitsbergen Island, Norway.
Howling wolf silhouetted against sunset sky.
A white arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) jumps on a den.
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