Eisbären

On Sunday, August 3rd, 2003, Ulla and I met Detlef Braun and his wife, Ute,
at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. The temperature was hovering
around 100 degrees F, but it was not humid. We had lunch outdoors at
the Chinese restaurant across the street from the entrance to the zoo,
then spent the afternoon walking through only half of this immense complex,
talking photography, and taking pictures.

Toward the end of our walk, we came upon the polar bears, or Eisbären,
in German (ice bears, nicht icecream bears).

There was a male and a female. The male was patrolling the perimeter
while the female was swimming and hamming it up for the tourists.

These bears were behaving exactly as we would have been behaving,
had we been in their paws.

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Der Kommissar. Alles klar?
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Alles klar. Gut.
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Hmmmm....
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Fascination
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For the camera...
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Backstroke
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Exhaling and surfacing
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Pushing off the glass
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Shake it out!
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Queen of her domain
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Sidestroke
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Sunlight, water, and bear
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Perspective (that is Detlef on the left)
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No audience
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Fantastic day.

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