Alaska Brown Bears

In August 2017 I joined a trip organized by Natural Exposures to photograph the coastal brown bears in Lake Clark National Park. We had an amazing time. We stayed at the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge and spent most of every day photographing the bears. (If you click on an image it will take you to slideshow mode and you can see all of the pictures full screen.)

These are tidal flats where most of the bear pictures were taken. The aptly named Slope Mountain is in the background. The bears would fish here at the mouth of the Silver Salmon Creek at low tide when the water was shallowest.

On the way to the creek

Watching for salmon

Salmon in sight

Getting a birds eye view

Out of my way!

Success

Teacing the kids to fish

A change of pace from the bear watching took us looking for eagles, foxes and puffins

More wildlife. We also saw a wolf but I was unable to get a shot of it.

An interested observer

Playmates

We took a half-day trip to an island filled with Puffins.

It was much easier photographing the puffins at rest than the ones flying.

A puffin bringing home supper with Mount Redoubt in the background.

We also spotted a wolf but I didn't get a shot of it. So back to photographing bears

Cub in the meadow

These siblings were orphans but at three years old seem able to survive on their own. They were inseperable.

A bear scratching herself against the rough surface of the bear statue at the lodge.

I was surprised to learn that bears do a lot of grazing for sedge grasses and roots.

I like the reflection on this shot.

Two Cute!

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