Close, But No Cigar!
I’ve received a whole bunch of correspondence asking where on the North Slope did I do to photograph Grizzly Bears. While they are there as you can see here, they are not really common or plentiful. Furthermore, they are interior bears and other than perhaps one or two prime Blueberry patches (and man where they good, did some grazing ourselves), interior bears don’t gather like the coastal griz do at salmon strong holds. Nope, I wasn’t up on the North Slope and in the Arctic for photograph Grizzly or Polar Bears. What we were working on? Ah, not yet, still gotta work up to it.
As far as this little family group, they were on the south side of Atigun Pass eating berries when we came up on them. Eagle eye Jake saw them on his side of the truck (everything was on his side) and brought everything to a halt. This photo was made through the truck cab, around the other two guys in the back seat to the bears. You could tell we were all a little jaded because after asking out loud a couple of biological questions and making some other comments, we drove off to let the bears munch away. Don’t get me wrong, darn cool to see but it wasn’t what we were after and still has a ways to drive. It does show though that even on such a long drive as the Haul Road, traveling with a camera and lens in your lap and ready to go is a must to make the most of every opportunity!
Photo captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film.