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15-JUL-2007 copyright Elizabeth Bickel


Although I fully expected to see lots of bears, I did not expect to step just 3 feet from my cabin and almost run into this one... Interestingly (although extremely close as you can see in the photo), she was not the closest "unexpected" Griz that I encountered during my stay in Lake Clark. Nevertheless, this young sow was the first bear I met close up the day I arrived. Due to foggy weather, my camera gear & I had gotten separated in Anchorage. I got to Lake Clark about noon; however my equipment didn't get there until after 8PM. Long story. But talk about frustration!!!Not expecting to see a bear so close to my door, I had just stepped outside to check my reunited camera on some scenery. Instead, I was rewarded with this treat. The lighting was beautiful, and the bear very close. This encounter, however, taught me to be extremely cautious before taking path - from my room to the main lodge - through the underbrush. The Griz loved to use it, and there was no way for a human to get off the path. When alone, I instead used the road where the bears and I could see each other coming.

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Debi21-Jan-2010 22:18
The lighting is beautiful. What a reward!
Robert D. McAlpine05-Aug-2009 20:42
Sensational! And beautiful to boot!
Bob Foisel23-May-2008 21:01
True reporter shooting in the face of danger. V
Marco Valk14-May-2008 17:40
great bear image; beautiful close up. well done. v
Simon Chandler14-May-2008 04:23
What an excellent wildlife image! Great capture of the lighting. v
jan madsen13-May-2008 16:15
amazing picture
globalgadabout13-May-2008 15:34
super golden light on this impressive and watchful bear...good you kept your wits about you in that situation...V
Vince13-May-2008 13:21
Fantastic shot. Excellent details. Love seeing it basking in the warm light. Vote.
flowsnow13-May-2008 12:43
now I got to buy a teddy bear. :D
Monique Laguë13-May-2008 10:55
Wow a very great capture.
Excellent details. v
Sam_C13-May-2008 08:35
Great shot, fabulous light, and wow, I wouldn't want to get that close either!! V :)
Matthew Mannell13-May-2008 08:07
Woa, that is are very fortunate to see these guys so up close and personal ;-)
Gérard Koehl13-May-2008 04:39
Magnifique portrait avec un très belle lumière...
Bryan Murahashi13-May-2008 04:17
Beautiful light and capture. But a bit tooo close for me;-) V
Alina13-May-2008 03:01
Great shot in that stressful situation. V
Guest 13-May-2008 01:22
Excellent V
Sofia Solomennikova13-May-2008 01:13
Any great surprise should come unexpectedly, so here we are! :) V
Tom Munson13-May-2008 00:59
Great shot, Liz. Beautiful light but a little close. v
Hank Vander Velde13-May-2008 00:13
Stunning image Liz. You are one brave lady to get this close to them. Big Vote.
Jonathan Popp12-May-2008 22:24
Stunning! Love how the light falls on him.
john savage12-May-2008 21:19
Nice image Liz, beautiful bear. Did you jump a bit? V
marie-jose wolff12-May-2008 20:56
really impressive, beautiful animal! V
laurephotography12-May-2008 20:44
So impressive and beautiful...Excellent work...
Carol Breton12-May-2008 19:59
What an experience Liz, and what a superb shot you got! Quick thinking - to be stunned by the sudden sighting that close and to be able to get a great shot! BV
John Morex 12-May-2008 19:37
Wow! This is positively stunning. What an experience that must have been. Outstanding photo of a beautiful animal. The shadows and highlights make this image stand out.