When you go to a place you have never been, when there is no one to talk to, to ask, to advise you, apprehension is inchoate. It is neither rational nor irrational. It is a state, like solid or plasma and as in these depending on conditions of pressure, of heat or the lack of it, of inherent chemistry the state will change. Because you will change. Or, familiarity itself will alter perception even if everything even at the ending is as it was at the beginning.
It is they say dangerous work: The wild; the life. No heart, they say. Sans souci. Boundless ferocity. But here I am. Back. Intact. No bears or humans killed or injured in the process and the only thing utterly destroyed? Every preconception that I had.
On the Connecticut Coast (again), Mark Seth Lender
[I am hard at work on the radio segments promised from this expedition and - mirabile dictu – I’ve been invited back to Arviat to watch the bears go out onto the pack ice in November. Needless to say, I’m going. I’ve started work on a new book on the polar bear and this next part will feed into that (pun intended). Certainly, the Big White One will cooperate as he usually does, and there will be lots more material for Living on Earth. I also have a great number of photographs to edit for prints, cards, and slide shows. Over the next few months, I’ll be posting excerpts and photos to my website:
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