Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Beautiful Baby of Denali
This grizzly bear cub in Denali National Park was bulking up along with its mother in preparation for the upcoming winter. The seasons pass quickly in the far north, and autumn had already begun by mid-August. The fall colors had appeared and the temperatures were dropping.
This cub and its mother were working their way along the creek seen in the background, eating all the blueberries and soap berries they could find. Amazingly they came closer and closer to our vehicle and eventually walked right behind us. FYI, in Denali for your personal safety, you want to maintain a minimum distance of at least 300 yards from bears unless you are in a vehicle. And possibly even more distance when there is a mother with cubs.
For that reason, we stayed safely in our vehicle as the bears came closer to us. We were able to shoot through the open windows and everyone got great images. What a thrill to be so close to these iconic animals.
1/640 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800. Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens with 1.4x telextender for an effective focal length of 280mm, on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding - a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. " --Frank Craighead