The photograph of the month for December (and the last for the 2017 year!) is from my winter snowmobile expedition to Svalbard earlier this year. Taken on the sea ice on the East coast, this large male Polar Bear was climbing this wonderful blue ice to get to the female bear (out of sight behind the ice). I was extremely fortunate to encounter this bear in some absolutely wonderful soft light right at the very end of the day. This was one of many photographs I made during a period of just a few minutes as the bear climbed across the ice. I am looking forward to heading back to Svalbard in March next year for a month of winter photography.