The Polar Bear Nose

‘I had just killed a seal and secured it when over my shoulder I saw three bears approaching. It was past the twilight noon, and their yellowish-white outlines against the pure white ice were so indistinct that they could not be seen except when they were moving, or at least their bodies could not, except for the shiny black noses. No stone, no bare spot in the snow, no dark shadow is as black as the polar bear’s nose. It is unmistakable miles away.’ – Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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