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After Midnight
12-JUL-2007 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

After Midnight

Grizzly Bear on the Beach

A very special shot to me.

After a long day of photographing bears, I decided to take a late night walk along the beach while I waited for my CF cards to download to the computer. Rather than sit in my cabin, I wanted a few moments of quiet solitude to myself out with Nature. The sun was at the horizon, and it was finally starting to get dark. As I stood and enjoyed the beautiful, Katmai scene, there were many bears in the far distance. Then, one bear started a slow walk up the beach toward me. Because it was almost dark, I was in doubt that my shooting with the 70-300mm lens (hand held) would be able to capture the moment. But oh, what a moment!

I backed up as the bear came within a half dozen feet or so of where I had been originally standing. She stopped there for a long, magically moment. That's when I realized just how close she really was. When she started to move again, I knew she was too close. So I cautiously left the beach. But I took with me a very special memory of Midnight in Katmai.

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Larry Hill07-Jun-2009 00:27
Love the story -- great shot!
Meggi Raeder20-Sep-2008 03:18
Stunning - and what a story!
carol j. phipps14-Nov-2007 01:00
Terrific !
Dennis Ancinec09-Oct-2007 14:45
Wow, what a moment and you captured it well.
flowsnow09-Oct-2007 02:12
Gorgeous! V
Guest 09-Oct-2007 02:00
Great Capture V
Guest 08-Oct-2007 00:28
Excellent capture, GMV!
Greg Harp07-Oct-2007 20:52
Outstanding capture Liz.
zeev segal06-Oct-2007 20:05
Brilliant shot , VOTE
dane06-Oct-2007 13:17
my heart was racing when I was reading your story behind the image.
January Grey06-Oct-2007 05:48
Wow! what a neat story, and what an incredible capture, Liz! You ARE a brave soul, and a great photographer! V~
Jean D06-Oct-2007 03:05
You were able to get a fantastic shot, under very stressful and dangerous conditions, Liz! Thanks for the caption ~V~
NealyBob06-Oct-2007 01:38
What a fantastic capture! You're a brave pohotgrapher to let this bear get this close! He looks real hungry~! V
tomandlinda05-Oct-2007 20:37
Amazing capture!! v
Ed Goodnight05-Oct-2007 15:01
outstanding image and story, Liz
carol j. phipps05-Oct-2007 13:50
Fabulous! and thanks for sharing the memory with us. V
Marcia Colelli05-Oct-2007 12:18
wonderful capture, what a thrilling moment. The adrenaline had to be flowing. V
Simon Chandler05-Oct-2007 06:27
What a precious capture! v
Brian McAllister05-Oct-2007 05:54
Incredible story. Incredibe shot. An experience you will always remember. V.
Debbie Blackburn Beierle05-Oct-2007 04:57
Not much left to say except that "I agree" with everyone! GMV
Vince05-Oct-2007 04:15
You must be very happy to have got this shot. Good thing you left in time. Wonderful shot. Vote.
Kevin Sargent05-Oct-2007 02:53
Sounds like you had a great trip! V
estralita05-Oct-2007 00:29
WOW!! vote
Jeff Waldorff05-Oct-2007 00:15
Fantastic! He has a very intimidating stance! V
Tom Munson04-Oct-2007 23:50
Terrific image Liz. He's a beauty.
Hank Vander Velde04-Oct-2007 23:21
Beautiful capture Liz. You are one brave lady. V.
David Barrett04-Oct-2007 22:15
Great shot,Liz.Glad you got away as she may have fancied a midnight snack!!:o)
Bill Gallagher04-Oct-2007 20:19
Very nice capture, and I'm sure you've heard it before but please be careful out there. V
Brinn MacDougall04-Oct-2007 20:16
It's a keeper, nerves of steal...v
Peter Stahl04-Oct-2007 17:52
A beautiful capture and momment Liz! GMV.
Zaid Kurdi04-Oct-2007 17:35
Amazing capture,lovely pose and expression,interesting details.....V.
Gérard Koehl04-Oct-2007 17:07
Magnifique capture et quelle émotion vous deviez avoir... V