A few weeks ago I had the awesome pleasure of traveling to Alaska to photograph wild Grizzly Bears with renowned photographer, Brenda Tharp. Though I initially had high expectations for this trip, I also did not know exactly what to expect. I was completely blown away. First, Alaska is a spectacular landscape. I had been there 10 years ago on a cruise, but on this trip, staying in a remote coastal cabin, it gave me the true Alaska experience. As for the bears, they couldn’t have been better hosts. The coastal grizzlies are usually less aggressive than the mountain grizzlies, but I never expected to get within 15 yards of a mom and her cubs. Yes I said 15 yards. What an experience !!! They seem to trust us and we did everything possible to not violate that trust. They even would wounder through our lodge’s property, when you least expected it. We also sailed to a remote bird sanctuary island to photograph puffin and other sea birds. On the last day of shooting, on my way back to my cabin, I was treated to an American eagle taking flight from his nest. Though, I clipped one of his wings in my image, I was still thrilled with the experience.
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