Grizzly bear, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Grizzly bear, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Hey Folks,

I’m out in the field again, so I’ll pre-post a few more images from my last trip here, scheduled for every other day or so while I’m away. I’ll be gone 2 weeks, so we’ll see how it goes.

Beth asked ‘did I get close enough for any images with the bears’ in a recent thread. Well, this particular evening, I was shooting Lesser Scaups (ducks) on a small pond in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, and had been waiting for about an hour for the ducks to come close enough. They’re pretty savvy, for relatively small creatures. They know how far they have to remain from me to avoid getting their pictures taken, depending on what lens I have on my camera. So, after a while, I look in my rear vision mirror, and here’s a grizzly, about 30′ behind my truck. I like ducks and all, but I’ll take a grizzly photo over a duck, any day. Particularly when the ducks are too far for a decent photo. So I hopped out of the truck to get a better angle, and took a couple of images before this young fella wandered into the brush nearby.

Grizzly bear, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.



4 thoughts on “Grizzly bear, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska

  1. Neil Donohue

    G’Day Carl,

    Just got back from Fiji and caught up with your photos. Like Ron I really enjoyed this last series, especially the birds, but don’t try and tell me that loons are more beautiful than our lyre birds or parrots. Bye the way, Fiji is much warmer than Alaska.
    AND re the grizzly photo, who was it trying to tell me I was too close to bison in Yellowstone?

  2. Carl Donohue

    Hey Ron,

    I can’t tell you where I was going. Funny you mention how hard it is to get a photo of grizzly bears in Wrangell – St. Elias; I got another photo this last trip. I know where a big ole griz hangs out down on the coast. 🙂

    Hey Dad

    Glad you got back from Fiji OK. Sounds like life’s treating you well. I never saw a lyre bird at home .. they were always too skittish. And the parrots are pretty amazing, but I think the loons have it going on the most – once you hear their call over the lake one summer midnight, you’ll agree with me.

    Re the grizzly – you think THIS is close? I’m glad you weren’t with me on this last trip. 🙂



  3. Beth Lunsford

    Great shot, Carl! He’s a pretty little bear. An adolecent. You be careful, which I know you are. You know how young bears can act!!! But that shot made my day!!

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