As the largest bear species, polar bears are truly captivating. Most of us are used to seeing snow on the frozen waters of the north. We were surprised to learn that a Russian photographer has been photographing large animals. At an abandoned weather station in the Chukchi Sea. The station closed in 1992. It’s quite unusual to see polar bears walking around in a wasteland.

“I always wanted to get some nice shots of polar bears, and that was the main target of our expedition. We expected to meet them mostly on Wrangel Island, famous all around the world for being home to many bears. Not this year, as we found out later—maybe because of the very cold summer. But nature always sends you something when you least expect it—when we passed by Kolyuchin Island near the Northern coast of Chukotka, we saw some movement in the abandoned windows there. And when we got close—those were bears! Never before were they seen in those buildings, so that was a once-in-a-lifetime situation,” the photographer said.

 




Polar bears were photographed at an abandoned weather station.

A photo with a polar bear in a window was the best representation of wildlife in a man-made environment in a competition held by a magazine called “Russia’s Wildlife”.

 

The photographer had to travel to the farthest and most eastern part of Russia to take these shots.

 

There is an abandoned weather station in the Chukchi Sea.

“Finally getting back from a long-awaited trip to Chukotka and Wrangel Island. Being the farthest and most eastern part of the Russian Arctic, this place is very hard to get to but also difficult to forget. We traveled by sailing yacht along the coast and covered more than 1200 miles of untouched landscapes, villages lost in time, diverse fauna, and seas full of life,” Dmitry wrote on his Instagram.

 

This image is pretty close to how we imagine the end of the world looking.

 

“I always wanted to get some nice shots of polar bears, and that was the main target of our expedition,” said the photographer.

 

Just your regular Carnivores, chilling.

The photographer has also captured the bears in their usual habitat.