Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) family group. Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada © 2006 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comHomage to Monet, Yellowstone A few summers ago I was coming back from Yellowstone National Park. It had been a slow week. Not many pictures but I was content. I was headed home, driving slowly out of West Yellowstone, following the winding road that makes its way along the Gallatin River. So many dead trees, some from the fires of 1988 and others from more recent blazes. A carpet of green broken every few feet by a limbless, decaying shaft of concrete colored wood. It's been years and so many still stand. Out of the corner of my eye fleeting colors of pinks, greens, purples and golds jolt me out of my trance. My head spins to the right in a double-take out the back of my pickup window as I jam on the brakes, safely pulling to the side. I get out, walk back a hundred yards and think to myself, "wow this is spectacular." © 2005 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comAlaskan Brown Bear (Ursus middendorffi) mother catches a salmon to feed her and her cubs. Katmai National Park, Alaska © 2003 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comSally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) crawling across a black rock. Galapagos, Ecuador © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comPorcupine Caribou herd in the foothills of the Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. © 2008 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comPolar Bear (Ursus maritimus) close-up. Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada © 2006 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comHumpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult in the Caribbean Ocean. © 2006 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comCheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) pair of brothers. Serengeti Plains, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comAfrican Elephant (Loxodanta africana) pair in a dust storm. Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa © 2010 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comWalrus' in Svalbard, Norway. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comMuskox mother and her newborn calf. Alaska © 2010 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comTrumpeter Swans on the Madison River Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming © 2009 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comPolar bear in Svalbard, Norway. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comTopi silhouetted against a horizon and sunrise. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comGreat Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) adult hunting in a forest for prey during the spring in Montana. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comPolar Bear tracks crossing broken ice in the Beaufort Sea. Arctic Ocean © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comPolar Bear on frozen Hudson Bay in blowing snow. Churchill, Manitoba, Canada © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comArctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) along the ice edge of Hudson Bay, Cape Churchill, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comSnowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) chick in cotton grass. Barrow, Alaska © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comAurora Borealis, also known as Northern Lights, in the sky above Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comKing Penguin (Aptenodytes p. patagonica) at St. Andrews Bay on South Georgia Island. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comThe Gang's All Here Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) trio of adults. Alaska © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comElk (Cervus canadensis). A lone bull with antlers in velvet near a stream in a meadow on a misty brisk morning. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comAdelie Penguins jumping into the icy waters off of the Antarctic Peninsula. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.comPolar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on the frozen ice of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada during the evening. © Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.com