Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) - Bjornsundet, Svalbard
I had been watching this female as she approached us from afar. She was a truly majestic animal and with every approaching step I could see her in more detail. Her massive paws, perfectly conditioned fur and piercing eyes all hinted at the huge power within. Watching her, I felt humbled, privileged and delighted, while at the same time pondering what she must have been thinking when she looked at me.