Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 10/24/2010 4:00:21 PM

This threesome are just wonderful, Phyllis. I'm sure they were great to watch and photograph the way they should be living. Outstanding capture indeed. #1320650

Pattie Smith 10/25/2010 5:08:43 AM

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Spectacular capture! What are they looking at? AWESOME! #8994149

Karen Slagle 10/25/2010 5:53:20 AM

Fantastic image, Phyllis. Looks as tho you had a great time... #8994275

Phyllis H. Burchett 10/25/2010 10:04:21 AM

Thanks you guys....Pattie they were looking out for a very large male bear that was getting closer. #8994733

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 10/25/2010 12:46:06 PM

Beautiful capture of a mom and her 2 cubs. They look to be about 1-2 years old. You have to use +1 to +2exp compensation to keep the whites white. It looks like you did a great job with the lighting Phyllis. #8995083

Carol L. Fowler 10/25/2010 4:44:45 PM

Wonderful, awesome capture #8995559

Rona L. Schwarz 10/25/2010 6:16:29 PM

Oh my, lucky you, Phyllis! An Alaskan trip - I would love to go back! And what an absolutely marvelous feat to capture a mother and her two cubs in their natural surroundings - I would have been so thrilled! Wonderful capture, too - your exposure is perfect! Hope we see this again! #8995734

Nadia Paul 10/25/2010 6:30:15 PM

They posed beautifully for you Phyllis - awesome capture! #8995766

Cathy Barrows 10/25/2010 6:30:38 PM

now i'm hating it...well i'm going to the zoo tomorrow. #8995767

Karen Celella level-deluxe 10/26/2010 8:00:59 AM

Oh Phyllis, how exciting! We are leaving next month for Church Hill Canada to see the polar bears. I hope I can do half as well as you have in capturing these wild beauties! #8996893

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 10/26/2010 4:08:42 PM

Phyllis, this is a perfect image for the cover of any wildlife magazine. Love it and marked it as a fav!

Debby #8997722

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 10/27/2010 1:59:10 AM

Has got to be a winner, Phyllis. Good luck!

UB. #8998374

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 10/27/2010 6:09:56 AM

Thanks yall, Cathy...Hope you guys had a good day at the zoo! #8998983

Debra R. Harder 10/27/2010 9:08:59 AM

OMG...again!!! This is OUTSTANDING, Phyllis!!! A WINNER all the way...and another FAV!! Deb #8999362

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 10/27/2010 1:21:06 PM

AWESOME and beautiful capture Phyllis #8999728

Judy V. Kennamer level-deluxe 10/28/2010 5:00:14 AM

Totally, completely, absolutely beautiful Phyllis! #9001037

Carla Capra level-deluxe 10/28/2010 6:14:21 AM

Stunning, beautiful and a Winner, Phyllis!
This is an incredible series and I thank you for sharing them.
Just beautiful.
;) CC #9001265

Kathy Cline level-deluxe 10/28/2010 4:31:36 PM

I AGREE x a million Judy and Carla.
GRAND PRIZE!!!! #9002356

Leslie McLain level-deluxe 10/28/2010 5:43:25 PM

Another amazing capture, Phyllis.
Adorable. #9002511

Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 10/31/2010 9:27:54 PM

Wow -- A special experience and an awesome capture! Great job Phyllis! #9007577

Phyllis H. Burchett 11/1/2010 4:02:42 PM

Thanks guys for looking and taking the time to comment! #9009031

Dianna Murphy 11/11/2010 10:33:09 AM

I sure can't tell the light was challenging. Amazing! #9028066

Phyllis H. Burchett 11/11/2010 7:07:30 PM

Thanks so much Dianna for ALL your comments! #9028904

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 11/15/2010 1:25:59 PM

What a great shot, Phyllis! Congrats on your Finalist! #9036088

Pattie Smith 11/15/2010 1:52:48 PM

Awesome!! Congrats friend! #9036405

Rona L. Schwarz 11/15/2010 1:59:06 PM

I am absolutely delighted, but not surprised, Phyllis, to see theses three again - AWESOME! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist, and good luck in the next round! #9036504

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 11/15/2010 2:21:49 PM

Absolute winner in my book Phyllis!!!!! Huge congrats and hope to see these beauties again! #9036759

Danny B. Head level-deluxe 11/15/2010 2:35:18 PM

I love this! Congrats! #9036894

Carla Capra level-deluxe 11/15/2010 3:01:41 PM

Hi Phyllis;
This image is incredible and very deserving of its finalist award.
;) CC #9037148

Kathy Cline level-deluxe 11/15/2010 3:16:12 PM


Emile Abbott level-deluxe 11/15/2010 4:06:55 PM

Not surprised at this finalist at all. Huge Congrats Phyllis. #9037866

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 11/15/2010 4:23:22 PM

So glad to see this as a finalist, Phyllis!

Best wishes for the next round!
Debby #9038057

Merna L. Nobile 11/15/2010 4:48:03 PM

I would personally like to congratulate you on your winning photograph for October, 2010 and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Merna Nobile #9038278

Judy V. Kennamer level-deluxe 11/15/2010 5:12:47 PM

Congrats on this absolutely gorgeous Finalist Phyllis!!!! Looks like a winner to me!!! #9038497

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 11/15/2010 5:13:12 PM

So fantastic, Phyllis...big congratulations on your finalist...we are sure to see this again!! #9038502

Debra R. Harder 11/15/2010 7:06:31 PM

So happy to see one of my FAVs again, Phyllis!! This is a GOLD winner in my book. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! Deb #9039299

Phyllis H. Burchett 11/15/2010 7:08:38 PM

Thank you so much everyone, congrats to all the finalists and good luck to all in the next round! #9039310

Sabrina Ryan 11/15/2010 7:09:15 PM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist image, Phyllis! #9039313

Sam Britt 11/15/2010 7:31:07 PM

Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Phyllis!! #9039473

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe 11/15/2010 7:56:55 PM

Big congrats on your well deserved Finalist, Phyllis! #9039635

Stan Kwasniowski 11/15/2010 8:36:26 PM

Phyllis, congratulations #9039810

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 11/15/2010 8:55:16 PM

Huge congrats on this fabulous finalist, Phyllis!!! Very best luck in the next round with this beauty!!! #9039863

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe 11/16/2010 4:24:14 AM

A wonderful experience indeed - Congrats Phyllis on this Outstanding Finalist! Jeff #9040624

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 11/16/2010 4:42:52 AM

Outstanding work Phyllis, congratulations on your finalist!! #9040703

Jessica Jenney level-deluxe 11/16/2010 5:12:46 AM

WOW! Congratulation on your amazing finalist, Phyllis! #9040848

Karen Slagle 11/16/2010 5:53:23 AM

Congrats Phyllis on your outstanding finalist. #9040961

Val Feldman level-deluxe 11/16/2010 6:06:38 AM

Not one bit surprised but sure am happy to see this with a Finalist Badge, on to the Gold! Congratulations, Phyllis - a spectacular capture, perfectly executed, perfectly presented! #9041002

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 11/16/2010 8:53:14 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible finalist, Phyllis, & good luck , indeed! WTG! #9041576

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 11/16/2010 1:06:00 PM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9042433

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 11/16/2010 2:57:12 PM

Thanks so much everyone! #9042830

Nadia Paul level-deluxe 11/17/2010 12:27:14 AM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Phyllis! #9044007

Carol Flisak level-deluxe 11/17/2010 6:08:13 AM

This is a wonderful capture, Phyllis! Congrats on your finalist... good luck! #9044607

Cathy Barrows 11/17/2010 8:34:47 AM

Congrats on your know I love this one #9045062

Mitch Spence level-deluxe 11/18/2010 8:21:00 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, Phyllis. It's a marvelous shot, with great poses courtesy of the bears. #9048483

Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 11/19/2010 11:36:05 PM

Love this one! Congratulations on your finalist! #9052595

Chris Schlosser 11/29/2010 6:36:54 PM

Phyllis, this is just adorable! Congratulations on your finalist!! #9070674

Merna L. Nobile 1/18/2011 9:33:25 PM

I can only imagine how proud you must be feeling right now. What wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9172059

Lisa J. Boulden level-deluxe 1/19/2011 3:16:11 AM

~♥~Lisa #9173041

Fanie Heymans 1/19/2011 4:35:26 AM

Excellent, Congrats on your finalist, Phyllis! #9173439

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 1/19/2011 6:32:47 AM

Congratulation Phyllis on an outstanding finalist #9174337

Karen Celella level-deluxe 1/19/2011 6:32:56 AM

I'm as thrilled as you are to see this finalist, Phyllis! I plan to see it again with a gold badge! Huge Congratulations! #9174341

Stefania Barbier level-deluxe 1/19/2011 6:42:43 AM

it's a beauty... congratulations!!! #9174460

Danny B. Head level-deluxe 1/19/2011 7:07:34 AM

Great to see this as another "two time" finalist! Congrats! #9174648

Cathy Barrows 1/19/2011 7:28:54 AM

Congrats on your finalist...i love these guys #9174801

Carla Capra level-deluxe 1/19/2011 9:38:18 AM

Awesome Image!
;) CC #9175572

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 1/19/2011 10:54:15 AM

Congrats on this wonderful finalist, Phyllis. Think we will see this again. #9175861

Dawn M. Schneider level-deluxe 1/19/2011 1:53:36 PM
I soooo love these bears, Congrats and good luck on the next round! #9176521

Pattie Smith level-deluxe 1/19/2011 2:13:28 PM

Love, love love it! #9176581

Rona L. Schwarz 1/19/2011 2:45:50 PM

Great to see these three again, Phyllis! A two-time Finalist, and hopefully this time a GOLD Winner!!!

JO ANN CLEVELAND 1/19/2011 2:46:41 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Phyllis, you are on a roll! Hope we see Gold on this!

jo ann c. #9176703

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 1/19/2011 3:24:52 PM

Thanks for sharing this outstanding wildlife capture Phyllis. I absolutely love it! Congratulations on your finalist!!! #9176860

Jessica Jenney level-deluxe 1/19/2011 3:26:37 PM

Congratulations, Phyllis on all your fabulous finalists! #9176873

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/19/2011 5:35:44 PM

Thanks so much you guys!!! #9177569

Becky J. Parkinson level-deluxe 1/19/2011 6:56:25 PM

This is fantastic, Phyillis! What too you to the Beaufort Sea? I love it up there. Congratulations on a wonderful finalist!! #9178066

Nadia Paul level-deluxe 1/19/2011 7:57:30 PM

Congrats on this awesome finalist Phyllis! #9178448

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 1/19/2011 9:01:14 PM

Absolute winner in my book!!!! Big congrats to you Phyllis!! #9178669

Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 1/19/2011 11:48:20 PM

Love this Phyllis! Beautiful finalist - congratulations! #9179105

Nikki McDonald level-deluxe 1/20/2011 4:25:01 AM

Agree with so many others, Phyllis, this MUST go on. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck. #9179508

Debra R. Harder 1/20/2011 12:53:23 PM

One of my FAVs, Phyllis!! A GOLD winner IMHO!!! Huge congratulations on this outstanding finalist! Deb #9180887

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 1/20/2011 2:13:51 PM

Congratulations on all your incredible finalists, Phyllis! #9181130

Leslie McLain level-deluxe 1/20/2011 5:00:41 PM

Love this image. Congrats on an amazing finalist. #9181694

Nancyj E. Hovey level-deluxe 1/20/2011 5:18:01 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9181770

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/20/2011 7:08:59 PM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! #9182006

John Connolly level-deluxe 1/21/2011 1:45:50 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalisy Phyllis! The pose and composition here is fantastic! #9183722

Kathy Cline level-deluxe 1/21/2011 6:20:26 PM

These polar bears will always be a favorite of mine.
You were so lucky Phyllis. I hope one day to get there to shoot these guys.

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 1/21/2011 7:48:06 PM


HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Phyllis H. Burchett 1/22/2011 6:07:32 AM

Thank you John C., Kathy C. and Peaches! #9184735

Claudia Kuhn level-deluxe 1/23/2011 2:28:07 PM

congrats on your wonderful winner! #9187560

Erica Murphy level-deluxe 1/23/2011 2:28:39 PM

Congratulations on this magnificent winner Phyllis!! I just LOVE this! #9187561

Leslie McLain level-deluxe 1/23/2011 2:42:05 PM

Congrats on your beautiful winner, Phyllis. #9187602

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 1/23/2011 2:53:56 PM

Huge congrats on this fantastic winner, Phyllis!!!! #9187673

Karen Slagle level-deluxe 1/23/2011 3:23:48 PM

Way to go girl...Huge congrats on your winning image. #9187830

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 1/23/2011 3:35:30 PM

Thanks so much yall, a nice surprise to come home to! #9187906

Kim Andelkovic level-deluxe 1/23/2011 3:52:30 PM

Congratulations on a wonderful win :-) #9187971

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 1/23/2011 4:02:53 PM

It sure is, Phyllis! Congratulations on this incredible winner, my friend! Delighted for you! #9188012

Cheryl Schneider 1/23/2011 4:46:55 PM

Terrific image, Phyllis! Congratulations, again. #9188163

Nancyj E. Hovey level-deluxe 1/23/2011 4:52:48 PM

on your very deserving
Second Place Winner! 8o) #9188193

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 1/23/2011 5:04:41 PM

Congratulations on this stunning winner, Phyllis!! #9188229

Kay Beausoleil level-deluxe 1/23/2011 5:05:34 PM

A superb and exciting image, Phyllis -- congratulations on your win!! #9188231

Lisa B. North level-deluxe 1/23/2011 5:11:47 PM

Fabulous! Stunning! WOW! Well deserved! #9188259

Kay E. Mahoney level-deluxe 1/23/2011 5:28:31 PM

Congratulations on your 2nd place winner, Phyllis. Beautiful photo. #9188332

Sabrina Ryan level-deluxe 1/23/2011 5:35:41 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Phyllis on your wonderful Winning image! #9188370

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 1/23/2011 6:09:22 PM

Big congratulations on this awesome 2nd Place Win Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9188518

Cathy Barrows 1/23/2011 6:14:21 PM

Congrats on your win! #9188531

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/23/2011 6:32:19 PM

I guess second time was a charm....Thanks yall!!! #9188652

Bill Houghton 1/23/2011 6:36:34 PM

Phyllis, this is such a beautiful winner. Congratulations, you deserve it. Bill #9188688

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 1/23/2011 6:41:11 PM

Hardy congrats, Phyllis, on this outstanding winner!

Debby #9188721

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 1/23/2011 6:50:07 PM

Big congrats to you Phyllis!!!!! Love this! #9188783

Kathy Cline level-deluxe 1/23/2011 6:58:37 PM

This had my vote thats forsure!

Rona L. Schwarz 1/23/2011 8:00:44 PM

This had my vote all the way, Phyllis! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS 2ND PLACE WINNER! #9189028

Carol Flisak level-deluxe 1/23/2011 8:12:26 PM

I love this image! Huge congrats on your second place winner, Phyllis!! #9189054

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 1/23/2011 8:15:36 PM

Thanks everyone!!! ☺ #9189063

Steve M. Harrington level-deluxe 1/23/2011 9:24:55 PM

A wonderful and most worthy winner, Phyllis!
Steve #9189119

Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 1/23/2011 9:40:03 PM

Love this! Congratulations Phyllis! #9189129

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe 1/23/2011 11:07:34 PM

Huge congratulations on this Winning image, Phyllis! WTG! #9189195

Fanie Heymans 1/24/2011 2:21:16 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winning picture Phyllis! Well deserved win, well done! #9189381

Michelle Alton 1/24/2011 2:26:06 AM

This is brilliant, and a definite winner from the "gitgo!" Congratulations! #9189387

Gina Cormier level-deluxe 1/24/2011 6:17:31 AM

Congrats on this fantastic image!!!!!! #9190027

Carla Capra level-deluxe 1/24/2011 6:43:07 AM

Hi Phyllis;
This is a wonderful image and I'm glad to see it as a 'Winner'.
;) CC #9190105

Val Feldman level-deluxe 1/24/2011 7:08:36 AM

An amazing, perfectly exposed, beautifully posed capture out in the Alaskan wilds...this is marvelous, Phyllis! Big congrats on a well deserved PERFECT Gold Win! WTG! #9190164

Debra R. Harder 1/24/2011 8:17:26 AM

Happy to see one of my FAVS win GOLD, Phyllis!! This is an amazing image. Huge congratulations on your win!! Yeah!!! Deb #9190386

Karen Celella level-deluxe 1/24/2011 9:04:58 AM

YES!!! You got the gold, Phyllis! Huge congratulations to you! #9190499

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 1/24/2011 2:24:43 PM

Congrats on your awesome Second Place win, Phyllis!! #9191192

Lisa J. Boulden level-deluxe 1/24/2011 2:37:34 PM

Big congratulations!!! #9191204

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/24/2011 3:13:59 PM

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH everyone for your wonderful comments on my little family of bears.... #9191254

Rosemary Sampson level-deluxe 1/24/2011 5:28:31 PM

What a trio! Congratulations on a wonderful capture. #9191491

Irene Colling level-deluxe 1/24/2011 6:31:52 PM

Huge Congratulations Phyllis on your wonderful winning photo. #9191643

Nadia Paul 1/24/2011 9:55:18 PM

Congrats on this wonderful winner Phyllis! #9191895

Mary Beth Aiello level-deluxe 1/25/2011 6:56:48 AM

Absolutely spectacular, Phyllis. Huge congrats on your fabulous GOLD. Love it. #9192662

Mary Timman 1/25/2011 4:42:00 PM

Huge congratulations on this. It is stunning! #9193757

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/25/2011 4:52:57 PM

Thank you so much Rosemary, Irene, Nadia, Mary Beth and Mary T.! #9193788

Stephanie Frey 1/25/2011 7:23:35 PM

Congratulations on another gorgeous win, Phyllis! #9194059

Mark Dodge 1/25/2011 8:16:35 PM

Wow! What an incredible moment this must have been to see first hand. I understand how difficult it must have been to get an accurate light reading. This came out so very well. Congratulations! :o) #9194113

Sam Britt 1/25/2011 8:26:16 PM

Congratulations on your terrific Second Place Winner, Phyllis!! #9194135

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 1/26/2011 8:49:02 AM

Glad to finally see it in the Winners circle, Phyllis. CONGRATZ!!

UB. #9195168

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 1/27/2011 10:08:05 AM

Congratulations on your win!! I really do love this image Phyllis!!! #9197326

Pranay Koka 1/28/2011 8:42:26 AM

congrats on your win!! lovely image #9199024

Phyllis H. Burchett 2/2/2011 9:12:15 AM

Thanks so much for your comments everyone! #9207945

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The Beaufort Sea is home to lots of Polar Bears, the light is challenging....such a privilege to experience them in their home range.

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 500.00 mm, Model: NIKON D3S

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