Here we see a female grizzly bear, patrolling the beaches of the Greater Lake Clark National Park area with Alaska’s ubiquitous mountains providing an iconic backdrop across the strait.
As it was late in the day, and the light was lending itself to a truly spectacular silhouette, I lay down in the water a little way along the beach and waited for her to come into shot. She dipped her head to search for fish and her back momentarily became part of the mountain range.
That gave me the split-second I needed to grab the image, and to portray the enormity of the landscape, and at the same time the all-dominant presence that only a grizzly can impart to a wilderness scene.
If this image convinces one person that wilderness is soul-fulfilling reality, full of amazing wildlife that needs saving, then I will have achieved everything I wanted to.
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