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by Katherine Yaksich

This Arctic Life 
  My favorite image of my Arctic series goes out to this mother and cub, spotted from our ship from over 8 miles away by one of our naturalists. It may not look like it, but this was my most challenging photograph. We had to race over in our Zodiacs in very rough waters to get within 125 meters, and shooting at a focal length of 640 mm from a bouncing watercraft is not very ideal. Water was spraying all over us in true Arctic expedition fashion, and some cameras even stopped working after this operation.   
  According to a report published by the World Wide Fund for Nature, “  A substantial reduction in the   extent of the sea ice during the summer will   undoubtedly have a negative impact on polar   bears. Based on extremely conservative   forecasts about the future extent of the sea ice,   scientists have estimated that two thirds of the   polar bear population could become extinct by   2050. If the sea ice continues to retreat at the   speed witnessed during the last few years, the   situation will become even more critical.”

This Arctic Life

My favorite image of my Arctic series goes out to this mother and cub, spotted from our ship from over 8 miles away by one of our naturalists. It may not look like it, but this was my most challenging photograph. We had to race over in our Zodiacs in very rough waters to get within 125 meters, and shooting at a focal length of 640 mm from a bouncing watercraft is not very ideal. Water was spraying all over us in true Arctic expedition fashion, and some cameras even stopped working after this operation. 

According to a report published by the World Wide Fund for Nature, “A substantial reduction in the extent of the sea ice during the summer will undoubtedly have a negative impact on polar bears. Based on extremely conservative forecasts about the future extent of the sea ice, scientists have estimated that two thirds of the polar bear population could become extinct by 2050. If the sea ice continues to retreat at the speed witnessed during the last few years, the situation will become even more critical.”

by Katherine Yaksich

MOTHERHOOD

Polar bears rolling in the deep at Hornsund, located on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard.

Filmed on location in the Arctic

by Katherine Yaksich

Arctic Short Video Series 3 of 4 (15 sec)

A time lapse of our expedition ship navigating through pack ice less than 600 miles from the North Pole, while we search for polar bears.

by Katherine Yaksich

I AM THE WALRUS
Part 1 of 4 of my short Arctic video series (15 sec each). Filmed handheld at a focal length of 640 mm so please pardon the camera shake!

Filmed on location in the Arctic

by Katherine Yaksich

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This Arctic Life \ Scenes from Diskobukta

1. Old trapper huts

2. Making nests

3. The Arctic fox is well adapted to living in cold environments, and has thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter. 

by Katherine Yaksich

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This Arctic Life

We spotted blue whales in the Arctic at 2:30 am near the bow of our ship! Blue whales are the largest animal known to have ever lived on earth, and are much larger than the largest dinosaur. They can weigh up to 200 tons or 400,000 pounds and are currently classified as an endangered species. 

by Katherine Yaksich

Monday in Norway - I made it to the top of Preikestolen! Preikestolen is a steep and massive cliff 604 meters above Lysefjorden. The top of the cliff is flat (25 by 25 meters) and formed about 10,000 years ago during the ice age.  
Norway is one of the most beautiful, picturesque countries I have ever visited, and Preikestolen is by far one of my all time favorite travel experiences. Enjoying the breathtaking view of Lysefjorden with my feet dangling off the edge of that cliff was transcendent. #preikestolen #lysefjorden #fjord #stavanger #norway #vscocam #vsco #thisarcticlife  (at Preikestolen - Pulpit Rock, Norway)

Monday in Norway - I made it to the top of Preikestolen! Preikestolen is a steep and massive cliff 604 meters above Lysefjorden. The top of the cliff is flat (25 by 25 meters) and formed about 10,000 years ago during the ice age.
Norway is one of the most beautiful, picturesque countries I have ever visited, and Preikestolen is by far one of my all time favorite travel experiences. Enjoying the breathtaking view of Lysefjorden with my feet dangling off the edge of that cliff was transcendent. #preikestolen #lysefjorden #fjord #stavanger #norway #vscocam #vsco #thisarcticlife (at Preikestolen - Pulpit Rock, Norway)

by Katherine Yaksich

// THIS ARCTIC LIFE // In exactly 25 days, I will embark on a 5 week Arctic adventure and photography residency onboard an expedition boat in Svalbard, the northernmost place in the world with a permanent population. I am incredibly grateful and beyond excited for this opportunity. Thank you so much to @laurenfarmer @mtmorgie @tybrandon and Greg Harvey for helping me get here. And last but not least, a huge thanks and shout out to @loweprobags for partnering with me and helping me keep my gear safe and dry out there!  
#thisarcticlife #svalbard #norway #lowepro #selfie #selfportrait #vscocam #vsco #arctic  (at New York City)

// THIS ARCTIC LIFE // In exactly 25 days, I will embark on a 5 week Arctic adventure and photography residency onboard an expedition boat in Svalbard, the northernmost place in the world with a permanent population. I am incredibly grateful and beyond excited for this opportunity. Thank you so much to @laurenfarmer @mtmorgie @tybrandon and Greg Harvey for helping me get here. And last but not least, a huge thanks and shout out to @loweprobags for partnering with me and helping me keep my gear safe and dry out there!
#thisarcticlife #svalbard #norway #lowepro #selfie #selfportrait #vscocam #vsco #arctic (at New York City)

by Katherine Yaksich

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic was designed to withstand a nuclear bomb and, in the event of an apocalypse, act as a Noah’s Ark for plants.  It was designed to be a a beacon, a symbol of hope looking out over the  over the Barents Sea. Built in 2008 by the Norwegian government (for $9 million), it houses 526,000 samples of seeds; scientists hope these might be interbred in order to adapt global agriculture to climate change, thereby averting mass starvation.    The vault extends 146m into the sandstone mountain; at the end, there are three airlocked refrigerated caverns with space to preserve up to 4.5 million strains of plants.  Full story  here .

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic was designed to withstand a nuclear bomb and, in the event of an apocalypse, act as a Noah’s Ark for plants.  It was designed to be a a beacon, a symbol of hope looking out over the over the Barents Sea. Built in 2008 by the Norwegian government (for $9 million), it houses 526,000 samples of seeds; scientists hope these might be interbred in order to adapt global agriculture to climate change, thereby averting mass starvation.  The vault extends 146m into the sandstone mountain; at the end, there are three airlocked refrigerated caverns with space to preserve up to 4.5 million strains of plants.  Full story here.