Black Bear
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While we were watching the bears in Anan Creek, Alaska, 2003, this black bear snuck up behind us and took a sniff. This was from about 10 yards away. There is a cliff on the bank opposite the observatory at Anan Creek.  Bears follow various paths down to the water, over logs and between the rocks. A bear pauses to check out the audience, Anan Creek, Alaska. Yawning, I think. Lunch.
Another look at the bear behind us. Funny moment on the Misty Fjords cruise - the captain announced with great excitement that a bear could be seen.  Everyone rushed to the rail and started snapping away with their little instamatics.  This shot is with a 400mm lens, which is three times bigger than the zoom lens on the typical consumer camera.  It might have been more exciting if I had not been at Anan Creek three days earlier. Here´s a last look at that bear that tried to jump me. Not a good day for the fish. Black bears on the shore near Knight Inlet, British Columbia, September 2004.
Black bear on the shore near Knight Inlet, British Columbia, September 2004. Black bear, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari. Black bear, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari.

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