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Spirit Bear by Nikki-vdp
Spirit Bear
Kermode bear 'Clover' at BC Wildpark, Kamploops, Canada. They initially never meant for this guy to be available for public viewing, but after numerous attempts to reintroduce him to the wild failed, they made him an enclosure.

Some Wikipedia info source
The Kermode bear /ˈkɜrˌmoʊd/ (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the "spirit bear" (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. It is the official provincial mammal of British Columbia. It is noted for about 1⁄10 of their population having white or cream-colored coats. This color is due to a double recessive gene unique in the subspecies. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the "blonde" brown bears of Alaska's "ABC Islands" than other members of their species. Sometimes, a black mother can have a white cub.

Spirit bears hold a prominent place in the oral traditions of the indigenous peoples of the area. They have also been featured in a National Geographic documentary. Scientists have found that black bears are not as effective at catching fish as white bears, as the white bears are less visible from the perspective of the fish. While at night, the two colours of bears have similar success rates at catching fish, such as salmon, during the day, the white bears are 30% more effective.

The Kermode bear was named after Francis Kermode, former director of the Royal B.C. Museum, who researched the subspecies and was a colleague of William Hornaday, the zoologist who described it. A common mispronunciation of "Kermode" as "ker-MOH-dee" differs from the actual pronunciation of the Kermode surname, which originates on the Isle of Man and is properly pronounced "KER-mode", which is the usual way to pronounce "Kermode bear".
I was tagged by :iconbit-sinna: so here's my answers. :)

What book(s) are you currently reading/have you finished most recently?
Reading: Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
What is your dream job, and do you currently have it?
I can't really say I even have a dream job. I can't seem to think of something that's a good medium between enough money and enough time for my family AND that I would really love as well. I'm more of a believer in the 'good enough' job ;p I currently work as a researcher in linguistics at the university, which is something I like a lot, and scores high on my job list but for the fact that the job insecurity is terrible and chances are high I won't be able to keep doing this unless I'm willing to move to another country or even another continent, which I'm not, and even then chances are only 1/13.
Are you on Tumblr and/or Patreon?
From your own gallery, which deviation is your favourite?
This one: Emerald Gem by Nikki-vdp cause it's the first somewhat professional looking photograph I ever took.
Which languages do you speak/understand?
Dutch, English, French, German, Latin, Ancient Greek (used to be good at it, rather rusty now ;))

and Ten facts about myself
1. I'm getting married in a little less than a month :) (09-05)
2. I'm a food addict, so much so that my boyfriend calls me 'my little stomach on legs' (which luckily sounds a little less gross in Dutch ;))
3. I'm also one of those people that can get 'hangry' (angry because of hunger). Although angry is a bit too strong a word, I do get irritated much more easily when I'm hungry.
4.I love growing my own fruit and vegetables, especially the more special kinds which are hard to get at the store.
5. I used to own pet rats and was amazed by their intelligence and loving nature. I don't keep any at the moment, because of their short life span. Their passing really hurt me and it's sad to know from the start you're not going to have them very long even with the very best of care.
6. One of the reasons why I started doing photography is because it's a great stress relief for me. It's one of the few things that make me completely forget about all my deadlines.
7. I would really love to design a CD booklet some day.
8. I like to try and support local wildlife any way I can for example by a wild flower patch for bees and rare butterfly species, a hibernation spot for hedgehogs, a little place for the rare bat species around here etc.
9. I love being out in the sun in summer, and I hated that my university exam period usually took up that part of the year with the best weather. My compromise was to study out in the garden in my bikini. After the exam period was over, I usually looked like I'd just returned from holidays.
10. My number one favourite sport is skiing. I learned it when I was barely two and half years old and can't remember not being able to. There's been only one year in my life when I wasn't able to go skiing due to it being my first year at uni, and me being very nervous about the load of studying to do, and it really hurt not being able to go. It's so much a part of me that Ischgl, the skiing resort where I've been the most in my life, feels like a second home to me. And while I would never force someone to keep doing something against their will, I did demand that my boyfriend would at least try out skiing and give it a chance (luckily for me, he turned out to love it just as much as I do :D)

Birthday features!

Wish you all a very lovely birthday and thanks a lot for your support :tighthug:


Goshawk by lost-nomad07
Golden Eagle by lost-nomad07
Red Tail Hawk by lost-nomad07
Grey Wolf by lost-nomad07

Salute by calley14
For Kicks and Giggles by calley14
WWII by calley14

SCREAM by mecengineer
WALL PAINTINGS III by mecengineer
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: birds in the garden
  • Reading: Woef
  • Watching: Tru Blood
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: Apple-pear tea


Nikki van de Pol
I was born in 1988 in Belgium and also still live there. I speak Dutch, English, French and a bit of German and thanks to my studies I am also proficient in Latin and have some knowledge of Ancient Greek. I love metal music, and you can frequently find me at concerts and festivals, but that doesn't mean I don't listen to other genres. Art-wise, I mainly focus on photography, with a preference for animal/macro/nature photography although I diligently serve as photographer for my bf's band Everglow as well. Recently, I've been venturing into photomanipulation too and it's my secret wish to be able to design a CD booklet one day. I also regularly make tribal tattoo designs of animals in my own unique style. Other drawings, both digital and traditional are uploaded more sporadically, since my job rarely allows me enough time. I occasionally dabble in writing as well. The art aside, my hobbies are skiing, tennis, dancing, hiking, reading, watching loads of movies and playing with my dog Luca. I currently work at KU Leuven as an FWO-fellow (PhD) in English diachronic linguistics.

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AStoKo Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a true pleasure to view your photos! Very great gallery! Clap Heart 
Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you so much :tighthug:
myekeh Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Photographer
Thanks for the Fave! by Brother-Orin  Flax by myekeh  
Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
My pleasure :)
Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for joining Nature-Showcase


We are proud to have your membership and will surely be happy to see your captivating Nature Photography adorn our group gallery!

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQ journal--a link is provided below--or feel free to note us either in the group or on my personal account!


:bulletgreen:--Birds-And-Blooms--Sister Group

Kitty! Classy Kitty by CuriouslyAlone
Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Thanks a lot for the invitation and warm welcome :)
Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: You're welcome!
MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
BlueButterflies by KmyGraphic

Thanks for the Fave!
Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
My pleasure dear :)
AnimalPlantLearner Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Llama.
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