Just got back from 11 days in Alaska, and have thousands of images to sift through. Needless to say, it was epic in every sense of the word: the size of the “small” area we were in for our three-part trip, the enormity of the coastal brown bears (grizzlies, except they’re not called grizzlies because they live at the beach), the sense of adventure and wonder everyone – locals and tourists – share, and our own experiences.
The photo above is one of several I have of a dead Humpback whale that washed up on the beach a couple weeks ago. We counted approximately 15 bears in this area when we arrived – slowly making our way up the beach and staying a careful distance away from such a coveted food source.
On our way back to camp, we crossed a meadow and as we descended from one small ridge, we met this guy as he came over the one in front of us. Almost nothing gets in the way of a bear, including us. We slowly moved to our left and he barely swerved right as he passed by us with a deliberate but unwavering gait. Merely a handful of feet away, he passed us by on his way to the beach.
More pics coming as I develop them.