Edition of 950 Size 20 x 24"unframed

Few sights are more memorable than a face-to-face encounter with a monster grizzly. Standing over eight feet tall, my 600mm lens only magnified the bear's power and my own sense of vulnerability and awe.

Weighing in excess of a thousand pounds, these huge males keep to themselves and are rarely seen. Since I was downwind, the bear couldn't catch my scent and stood, nostrils flaring. I spoke in a calm tone.

"Hey, big bear...Hey, big bear...Hey, big bear".

I kept talking as he dropped to all fours and slowly ambled away.

Browse this category: Bears