Bewildered Polar Bear’s Unexpected Journey: Arctic Landscape Blossoms with Stunning Purple Flowers Instead of the Usual Crisp White Snow.
Far from being camouflaged, the bear can be seen from far away as he stands among thousands of fireweed flowers.
The pictures were taken by photographer Michael Poliza, 53, who couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the bear wandering across the landscape.
He said: ‘The polar bear was all by himself as they are very solitary animals anyway.
‘But this one looked particularly sad as it wandered around, almost a though it didn’t understand where the snow had gone.’
However stunning the pictures are though, they show the serious effect that climate change is having on our planet.
Polar bears are having to adapt to the changing world and forage for food inland. Normally they do all their feeding on ice during the winter months, but each year the ice is melting earlier in the spring and forming later in autumn.
That means they are facing increasingly longer summers without fat reserves from seals.
Mr Poliza, from Hamburg, Germany, said: ‘During the Arctic summer polar bears fast and spend most of their time resting.
‘This polar bear still had three months to go before the seal hunting season began again. Because there are only about 25,000 polar bears left in the wild their future looks more uncertain than ever.
‘The southern-most populations along the Hudson Bay are the most affected by climate change. And if this polar bear knew all that, he’d definitely look sad.’