October 16, 2019
Join celebrated nature photographer Mike Grandmaison on his journey to Churchill as he ventures into the homeland of the polar bear. Combining photographs with enlightening facts on these animals and their environment, The Polar Bear: Lord of the Great North is intended to captivate anyone eager to take a closer look at these fascinating creatures.
Mike Grandmaison is undisputedly one of Canada’s true masters of fine nature photography. An alumnus of Sudbury, Ontario’s Laurentian University, Mike studied biology, graduating in 1976. For the two subsequent decades, he worked in water quality, as well as forest entomology and pathology, before turning his attention to professional photography. Camera steadfastly in hand, he has explored the breadth of Canada, his beloved country, and Manitoba, the province he has called home for the last thirty-three years. Mike owns and manages a full-service stock photography agency, and produces assignment photography specializing in architecture and nature for clients worldwide.
November 7, 2014
'Polar Bears of Hudson Bay' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)
The polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is the largest land carnivore in the world. Also known as Nanook or ‘the white bear’, its native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle around the globe which includes the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are marine mammals and they spend much of their time on the Arctic sea ice. Polar bears are excellent swimmers and are very quick runners on land too, reaching speeds of about fifty-five kilometers an hour.
In Canada, polar bears may be seen from the safety of a tundra buggy in October and November on the Hudson Bay Lowlands near Churchill, Manitoba as they congregate in large numbers waiting for the waters of Hudson Bay to freeze. They feed primarily on ringed and bearded seals. Global climate change poses a substantial threat to polar bears and their habitat.
Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each
Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each
Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
November 8, 2012
Photographing in blizzard conditions can be challenging, especially with a high windchill and frigid temperatures of colder than -40 degrees Celsius, to say nothing of possible polar bears lurking about. The landscape on the Hudson Bay shoreline near Churchill resembled an etching with few tones beyond black and white. I further accentuated the dramatic look by removing all mid tones, creating a stark high contrast monochrome image.
October 25, 2012
Master of camouflage! It was so darn cold on the tundra that I don't blame it for hiding.
December 19, 2010
"Like a Mother, the Earth bore us and sustains us, asking little in return but love and respect". I've always loved that phrase by Robert Peters, good friend and excellent graphic designer. Following are anecdotes , meditations , natural reflections and images about the natural world.