Today will be less writing and more pictures. The highlights of today were kayaking and seeing our first healthy polar bear out on the ice.
In the middle of dinner we had our first up close polar bear sighting, which reeked havoc on our beautifully prepared dinner; I felt bad for the kitchen staff.
I saw her (the bear) up close from the window, and tried to get some pictures off the stern of the ship, but I was too late. However, after dinners our amazing captain and crew found the same bear and for a few hours, we were able to get up close to a fat, happy polar bear. Initially, she was a bit wary of the ship, but eventually just relaxed and did her thing. We were able to get amazing pictures, and it was cool to see how excited everyone, including the seasoned staff, was at seeing the bear. She was a stark contrast to the hungry, thin male bear we saw yesterday.
Because we are in the land of the midnight sun, we were all out on the bow till close to 10pm, entirely oblivious to the time. Being outside taking pictures made me feel far more awake and energetic than I had been, so it is now close to midnight and I am still awake.
It was an amazing day though, and seeing that bear and taking pictures was incredible. What I enjoy most about taking pictures, is that despite the crowd of people, it is quite, and somewhat solitary work. We are all quiet, and all one hears is the shutters clicking. You have a purpose, but you can do what you want to make the shot. I do wish that I knew more about photography, but I am happy to be here, and if I get a few good pics, I will be pumped.