Uploaded: October 24, 2010


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


Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe October 24, 2010

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 October 25, 2010

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

Karen Slagle October 25, 2010

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

Phyllis H. Burchett October 25, 2010

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe October 25, 2010

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 October 25, 2010

Wonderful, awesome capture #8995559

Rona L. Schwarz October 25, 2010

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 October 25, 2010

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

Cathy Barrows October 25, 2010

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

Karen Celella level-deluxe October 26, 2010

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-addict October 26, 2010

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-classic October 27, 2010

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

UB. #8998374

Phyllis H. Burchett October 27, 2010

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

Debra R. Harder October 27, 2010

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

Nancy (Peaches) Harker October 27, 2010

AWESOME and beautiful capture Phyllis #8999728

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic October 28, 2010

Totally, completely, absolutely beautiful Phyllis! #9001037

Carla Capra level-classic October 28, 2010

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-classic October 28, 2010

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

Leslie McLain level-deluxe October 28, 2010

Another amazing capture, Phyllis.
Adorable. #9002511

Cindy Bendush level-classic October 31, 2010

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

Phyllis H. Burchett November 01, 2010

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

Dianna Murphy November 11, 2010

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

Phyllis H. Burchett November 11, 2010

Thanks so much Dianna for ALL your comments! #9028904

Terry Cervi level-classic November 15, 2010

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

Pattie Smith November 15, 2010

Awesome!! Congrats friend! #9036405

Rona L. Schwarz November 15, 2010

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-classic November 15, 2010

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

Danny B. Head level-deluxe November 15, 2010

I love this! Congrats! #9036894

Carla Capra level-classic November 15, 2010

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

Kathy Cline level-classic November 15, 2010


Emile Abbott level-deluxe November 15, 2010

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

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict November 15, 2010

So glad to see this as a finalist, Phyllis!

Best wishes for the next round!
Debby #9038057

Merna L. Nobile November 15, 2010

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-classic November 15, 2010

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

Patti Coblentz November 15, 2010

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

Debra R. Harder November 15, 2010

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 November 15, 2010

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

Sam Britt November 15, 2010

Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Phyllis!! #9039473

Kathy Salerni level-classic November 15, 2010

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

Stan Kwasniowski November 15, 2010

Phyllis, congratulations #9039810

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe November 15, 2010

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

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 16, 2010

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 16, 2010

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

Jessica Jenney November 16, 2010

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

Karen Slagle November 16, 2010

Congrats Phyllis on your outstanding finalist. #9040961

Val Feldman level-deluxe November 16, 2010

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-classic November 16, 2010

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND November 16, 2010

Congratulations on this awesome finalist Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9042433

Phyllis H. Burchett November 16, 2010

Thanks so much everyone! #9042830

Nadia Paul November 17, 2010

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Phyllis! #9044007

Carol Flisak level-addict November 17, 2010

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

Cathy Barrows November 17, 2010

Congrats on your know I love this one #9045062

Mitch Spence level-classic November 18, 2010

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

Cindy Bendush level-classic November 19, 2010

Love this one! Congratulations on your finalist! #9052595

Chris Schlosser November 29, 2010

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

Merna L. Nobile January 18, 2011

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

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic January 19, 2011

~♥~Lisa #9173041

Fanie Heymans January 19, 2011

Excellent, Congrats on your finalist, Phyllis! #9173439

Emile Abbott level-deluxe January 19, 2011

Congratulation Phyllis on an outstanding finalist #9174337

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 19, 2011

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-addict January 19, 2011

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

Danny B. Head level-deluxe January 19, 2011

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

Cathy Barrows January 19, 2011

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

Carla Capra level-classic January 19, 2011

Awesome Image!
;) CC #9175572

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe January 19, 2011

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

Dawn M. Schneider January 19, 2011
I soooo love these bears, Congrats and good luck on the next round! #9176521

Pattie Smith January 19, 2011

Love, love love it! #9176581

Rona L. Schwarz January 19, 2011

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 19, 2011

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 January 19, 2011

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

Jessica Jenney January 19, 2011

Congratulations, Phyllis on all your fabulous finalists! #9176873

Phyllis H. Burchett January 19, 2011

Thanks so much you guys!!! #9177569

Becky J. Parkinson level-deluxe January 19, 2011

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

Nadia Paul January 19, 2011

Congrats on this awesome finalist Phyllis! #9178448

Renee Doyle level-classic January 19, 2011

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

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 19, 2011

Love this Phyllis! Beautiful finalist - congratulations! #9179105

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 20, 2011

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

Debra R. Harder January 20, 2011

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

Patrick Rouzes level-classic January 20, 2011

Congratulations on all your incredible finalists, Phyllis! #9181130

Leslie McLain level-deluxe January 20, 2011

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

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic January 20, 2011

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9181770

Phyllis H. Burchett January 20, 2011

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

John Connolly January 21, 2011

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

Kathy Cline level-classic January 21, 2011

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 January 21, 2011


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


Phyllis H. Burchett January 22, 2011

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

Claudia Kuhn level-classic January 23, 2011

congrats on your wonderful winner! #9187560

Erica Murphy level-deluxe January 23, 2011

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

Leslie McLain level-deluxe January 23, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful winner, Phyllis. #9187602

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe January 23, 2011

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

Karen Slagle January 23, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett January 23, 2011

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

Kim Andelkovic January 23, 2011

Congratulations on a wonderful win :-) #9187971

Patrick Rouzes level-classic January 23, 2011

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

Cheryl Schneider January 23, 2011

Terrific image, Phyllis! Congratulations, again. #9188163

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic January 23, 2011

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

Patti Coblentz January 23, 2011

Congratulations on this stunning winner, Phyllis!! #9188229

Kay Beausoleil level-deluxe January 23, 2011

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

Lisa B. North January 23, 2011

Fabulous! Stunning! WOW! Well deserved! #9188259

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic January 23, 2011

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 23, 2011

Big congratulations on this awesome 2nd Place Win Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9188518

Cathy Barrows January 23, 2011

Congrats on your win! #9188531

Phyllis H. Burchett January 23, 2011

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

Bill Houghton January 23, 2011

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

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict January 23, 2011

Hardy congrats, Phyllis, on this outstanding winner!

Debby #9188721

Renee Doyle level-classic January 23, 2011

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

Kathy Cline level-classic January 23, 2011

This had my vote thats forsure!

Rona L. Schwarz January 23, 2011

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

Carol Flisak level-addict January 23, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett January 23, 2011

Thanks everyone!!! ☺ #9189063

Steve M. Harrington January 23, 2011

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

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 23, 2011

Love this! Congratulations Phyllis! #9189129

Kathy Salerni level-classic January 23, 2011

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

Fanie Heymans January 24, 2011

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

Michelle Alton January 24, 2011

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

Gina Cormier level-classic January 24, 2011

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

Carla Capra level-classic January 24, 2011

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

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 24, 2011

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 January 24, 2011

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 January 24, 2011

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

Terry Cervi level-classic January 24, 2011

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

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic January 24, 2011

Big congratulations!!! #9191204

Phyllis H. Burchett January 24, 2011

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

Rosemary Sampson level-classic January 24, 2011

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

Irene Colling level-classic January 24, 2011

Huge Congratulations Phyllis on your wonderful winning photo. #9191643

Nadia Paul January 24, 2011

Congrats on this wonderful winner Phyllis! #9191895

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic January 25, 2011

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

Mary Timman January 25, 2011

Huge congratulations on this. It is stunning! #9193757

Phyllis H. Burchett January 25, 2011

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

Stephanie Frey January 25, 2011

Congratulations on another gorgeous win, Phyllis! #9194059

Mark Dodge January 25, 2011

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 January 25, 2011

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

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 26, 2011

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

UB. #9195168

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 27, 2011

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

Pranay Koka January 28, 2011

congrats on your win!! lovely image #9199024

Phyllis H. Burchett February 02, 2011

Thanks so much for your comments everyone! #9207945

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