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~ @@PCNW

 

I'd love to see Instagram someday.

As it happens, as with nearly all international, i.e. “foreign”, social image-sharing media, it's unavailable where I live.

Your bear above easily ranks as one of the very finest images I've seen in Safaritalk.

Your composition style I find highly appealing.

Tom K.

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Early morning in great light, Yellowstone NP.

Still frost in the coat so one can imagine that he is newly awake. Now lurking around for food.

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Another Grizzly/Brown bear from Yellowstone.
Yes, they are everywhere in the nationalpark and we saw them everyday in different places.

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And some more from Katmai NP, Alaska.

The first one was HUGE!!
The biggest I´ve ever seen.

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This is the tinyest one I´ve ever seen :)

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Grizzly from the air...

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@@Antee

A beautiful set of photos - from the biggest to the smallest (and in between!)

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Bear cub in Taylor Creek, Tahoe.

 

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I will certainly show you a couple of bear-pictures as a start, forum newbie and all :-) These pictures are taken in Finland, close to the russian border, where these beauties inhabits the woods :-)

 

23443388803_0acba7b391_b.jpg_RSB6387 by asgeir westgård, on Flickr

 

This first picture is taken with a Nikon D750 and a Sigma 120-300 f2.8S lens, good setup!

 

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This is one of my favourites, taken with a nikon d4s and 600 f/4 lens.

 

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Same setup here. Kind of hard to get a fluid motion on the subject with long shutterspeed when it`s moving across the frame, but i was satisfied with this one. Intense facial expression as well.

 

that`s a few from me :-)

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Excellent pictures! How hard is it to find the bears there?

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@@The_Norwegian Fantastic, thank you for these additions: have you seen there are some Finland trip reports, here and here including wolves, bears and wolverine? I'd love to see more wolverines if you have any photos.

 

Matt

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@@The_Norwegian, awesome, the last one captures the Bears head-down, rolling gait beautifully. You can imagine it really turning on the speed if need be. Quite intimidating, especially just having seen "the Revenant"

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Valdez, Alaska: Just arrived on Alaskan soil at our beautiful B+B in the forest. We got out of the taxi and I immediately took a stroll around the corner of the house to see the Wildflowers blooming in the garden and to admire the view over Prince William Sound.

 

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First thing that happened, I came face to face with a Black Bear. I squealed and bolted one way, he snorted and bolted the other. My husband tells of standing there as I flashed past him at light speed, colourfully yelling about what Id just seen and rushed indoors to safety. Our hostess wasn”t home but she had left the house open for us with a note to make ourselves comfortable. We ventured out on to the back deck, which was a level up, to check out the Bear below, still in the garden.

 

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Just a youngin, he too was checking us out.

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We took a few photos of him,

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Then he “disappeared “ below us. Clunk, crash , thump, “whats he up to down there”. We soon found out, just as he appeared at the balcony railing.

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We turned and bolted just as he came over the top. I snatched as quick photo through the glass door before we slammed it shut.

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He then proceeded to completely trash the balcony. All the spring flowering pots were knocked over, upturned, smashed, soil everywhere, bird-feeders pulled down and broken, what a mess. Our hostess arrived home sometime later to a deck that looked like a Tornado had gone through in her absence and we were left to explain the carnage.

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What? No Sloth Bears?! :) Found this guy in Chitwan in Nepal. Looks like he had a chunk taken out of his back, wonder what happened to him.

 

 

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@@ellenhighwater, Great shots of a bear I will likely never see in person. So, thanks for sharing.

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Here's one I took on Friday evening on the Finnish/Russian border. We stayed in 3 different hides in different locations over 3 nights, the first 2 locations provided us with plenty of bear sightings maybe 20+ individuals. Whereas on this final night we only saw this one bear for about 15 minutes, and after the most beautiful evening light had all but faded.

 

Olympus EM-1 + 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 Mk 1

@200mm, F4, 1/100, ISO1600

 

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@@IamFisheye, beautiful reflection photo.

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@@IamFisheye just beautiful. I hope you can find the time to share a bit more about your trip. Locations, logistics etc Thanks

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The golden eagle is a massive bird and a very effective hunter and a bird many animals needs to look out for. This animal though, could not care less about the eagle :-) all of a sudden the table has turned and the eagle has to wait for its turn at the carcass.. Smart move ;-)

 

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My next dream is to see brown bears in Alaska (or anywhere really!) We don't get any bears in Australia, but I did get to see polar bears in Canada :)

 

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These were taken from a helicopter so quality is unfortunately not the best here

 

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Grizzlies feeding on salmon near Brooks Lodge. Here are a couple from the Katmai Peninsula --- scanned images from film photos I took:

 

 

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@@gatoratlarge great shots, J! When were you there?

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Wow--- good question @@SafariChick it may have been the late 90s! Those are scans from pictures I took with a film camera before I went digital... Brooks Lodge gets booked up so I flew from anchorage and then via a float plane to the lodge. I only had a short day there but it was amazing seeing the bears all over the rapids getting their fill of salmon. I seem to remember 14 bears over that one section of the river...

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@@gatoratlarge yup that's how we got there too - we stayed there for several nights, the best though we were there very beginning of August so not the peak time, only saw one bear per day, but you saw 14, wow!! Learned about it from @@Atravelynn! I have a trip report on here somewhere - oh here it is: http://safaritalk.net/topic/11276-alaskan-adventure-an-american-family-safari/

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I've been thinking about squeezing in a trip to Vancouver Island this summer to look for bears. Perfect timing to see this topic!

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I've been thinking about squeezing in a trip to Vancouver Island this summer to look for bears. Perfect timing to see this topic!

It is Canada's 150th Birthday and to celebrate parks are free. Could be a bargain or could be harder to book.

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@@AmyT Wow!!! so how did that end?

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@@SafariChick, that was the end of the story as far as I know. Bears come down into our neighborhoods all the time (happily, or maybe unhappily? I am miles from the foothills). That same day, a friend of mine posted a picture of a bear in her backyard.

 

We get mountain lions locally too; they use the storm drains as highways and have popped up in the vicinity of the school where I work.

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