Alaska Brown Bear Adventure…Bears On The Beach

With gusty winds and pouring rain we were weathered in the lodge for the day. While I would love to be out shooting, it was nice to spend the day enjoying the comforts of the lodge and each other’s company. Everyone worked on their images, we relaxed and generally enjoyed ourselves. Then, later in the afternoon as the tide went out a pair of bears appeared on the beach and began to clam. Knowing the tides would drop even more, we waited and as hoped, they came our way. I quickly suited up in my waders, boots and jacket, grabbed my camera and walked down to the shore. The boar had already passed by but, the sow came along giving me an opportunity to grab a few quick shots before moving on down the beach…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

I watched as she wandered on and then turned and came right back towards me giving me a full frontal shot. I loved the way the mountains in the background faded away into the mist make the bear stand out against the background and the way the her elevated position on the beach put her right at eye level with the camera…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

When the boar realized that she hadn’t followed him, he turned around and came back down the beach with the sow right on his heals…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

The boar could smell something in the air and he followed his nose past me and off down the beach and into the brush disappearing from view…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

So, while we weren’t able to get out to find the bears today, there is often a likelihood that they will pass through near the lodge at some point during the day. I headed back to my cabin to change out of my wet gear, get comfortable and download the images. Stay tuned.