Big, Beautiful Grizz Chillin’ at the Edge of an Alaskan Forest

Grizzley admiring nails n

We caught this Alaskan grizzly bear chillin’ on the edge of a forest on a cool, overcast morning in mid-summer. With nails like that, who wouldn’t lie around admiring them? (Six more photos.)

Grizzley looking straight on n

The previous day, I (yours truly, Jack Donachy) managed to drop and break “the big lens.” But this sleepy guy barely paid us any attention as we photographed him from the safety of our Chevy, so the 70-200 mm with a 1.4 teleconverter got us close enough. Hard to say how many cars had driven by this big, blonde-brown hulk without noticing that morning. We stayed with him – and he with us – for about half an hour.

Grizzly the Thinker n

He’d doze off for a bit, wake up, think about whether or not to get up (or maybe he was trying to remember where he’d left his car keys last night), give a little sigh and then drop off to sleep again. 

grizzly sleeping  a n

Grizzly looking to his right n

And then he’d wake and take a look around.

Grizzly picking up scent n

Eventually a scent on the air caught his attention…

Grizzly ambling off diorama n

And he ambled off. Almost looks like he’s posed in a diorama. The overcast morning light really made the colors pop.

14 thoughts on “Big, Beautiful Grizz Chillin’ at the Edge of an Alaskan Forest

    • Hi Cathy, Fortunately the wound to the larger lens wasn’t mortal, but we didn’t get it back from the Nikon factory till after we’d move to Mongolia. The positive that came out of all that was the teleconverter, which works quite well on both lenses. -24 here this morning. Hope it’s a little warmer than that in Alaska!

  1. Amazing how close you were to the bear! We saw a grizzly in Yellowstone couple of years back, we were so so excited, yet the he was so far away it was bear-ly visible… (eh eh?…Yes I’m slightly ashamed)

    • 🙂 Fortunately the grizzlies in Yellowstone are generally pretty wary of humans. What is interesting to us about the bear we photographed is that many vehicles must’ve passed this guy without noticing. He was fast asleep when we pulled up. Sleeping off a good meal no doubt!

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