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Bio 22 year old photographer from Minnesota, USA. Currently based in Bozeman, MT.
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Not only was this mother brown bear one of the most beautiful bears I’ve ever seen in my life, she was also one of the most relaxed. She didn’t seem fazed watching over her three little devils, but sometimes she’d join in on the wrestling match just so they knew who was still the boss.
I feel compelled to repost a few of my favorite Alaskan brown bear images after going through them and realizing they were processed inadequately before. I could have spent my entire life sitting in this river and watching bears charge after salmon. I was particularly struck by the beautiful blonde coloration on this bear, and just look at that paw!
It’s quite a rare moment when an image presents itself in nature that almost seems too good to be true. I was photographing this gorgeous mother brown bear fishing for spawning salmon in a stream when my waders sliced open on a rock and started rapidly flooding with frigid water. I was able to leave the water before turning into a human anchor, and draped my waders and boots over my tripod to dry while I climbed up the steep ridge over looking the river. A few moments later and this beautiful mama came up the ridge with her three rambunctious cubs and proceeded to lay down right in front of me while her cubs tried to tear each other apart. She appeared completely relaxed and trusting of my presence, and at one brief moment all three of her cubs stopped playing and seemingly posed for this family portrait.
“It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such. It is in the bog in our brains and bowels, the primitive vigour of Nature in us, that inspires that dream.” -Henry Thoreau
The badlands are such a bizarre and unexpected place to see wild cats thrive. One day I would love to see them again on this alien landscape.
Driving through the badlands before sunrise, I was lucky enough to find this beautiful bobcat sitting out in the open, perfectly still. After sitting for almost an hour waiting for the sun to come up, the very first golden rays of the day shined perfectly on the cat. I can’t help but think it knew exactly where to sit that morning so it didn’t have to move an inch to start sunbathing.
A wild bobcat sits in the sun on a chilly winter morning in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
A slight reworking of one of my favorite images. After a weekend of bitter cold temperatures and constant failings trying to get a glimpse of a rumored albino deer inhabiting a small state park off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs, I finally found her hidden away in a birch grove after sunset. This brief, intimate moment with such an elusive creature in the woods of my home remains one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in nature.
White deer have a special mythology in my family. I grew up hearing stories and having the housed filled with imagery of them, so sharing a few brief moments with this albino white tailed deer in the woods of Minnesota remains one of my most meaningful wildlife encounters.