I understand that polar bears have dark skin under the fur.Their hair is actually hollow and conducts light to the skin for warming.
As to TGs skin,I heard this about us Oregonians,but it is probably true for all in the Great Pacific Northwest:What did the Oregonian say to the Pillsbury Doughboy?- "Nice tan."
"To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
Nice shots, Elaine. Looks like you had a great time!