BE-9098 | Brown bear portrait in water
This photograph is one of my favorites in my collection of bear photos. It represents an image I had previsualized prior to traveling to the remote Katmai National Park in Alaska. I knew I wanted to get a bear photograph while they were foraging in a salmon stream, but a closeup with water dripping off as they emerged from being underwater.
It is one thing to think about an image, and an entirely different situation to have the circumstances begin to come together that actually make it a reality. Thinking about goals for photographs ahead of time can sometimes better prepare you to take advantage of the moment when it happens. You already know what you are looking for instead of just trying to react to the action in front of you.
Katmai is only accessible by boat or by plane, and is known for its concentration of brown bears. With respect, caution and patience, these wonderful animals can be accepting (or at least tolerable) of our presence in their environment. However, there is always something in your mind telling you how unpredictable these animals can be, so visiting with an experienced guide is a must.
You can find more pictures in my bears gallery: coastal brown bear photos
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Coastal brown bears of Katmai National Park, Alaska in the regions of Geographic harbor and Kinak Bay
"Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding - a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. In its beleaguered condition, it is above all a symbol of what man is doing to the entire planet. If we can learn from these experiences, and learn rationally, both grizzly and man may have a chance to survive." - Frank Craighead ("Track of the Grizzly", 1979)
These photographs are a few examples of my encounters with brown bears. Feel free to explore more of them in my gallery : bear photos
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