Gone Fishing–with the Brown Bears in Alaska!

In August I returned to Alaska for the the second time to photograph the brown bears (Grizzly bears).  This time, I brought my nine-year old son, Nicholas.  We were both excited to go on this trip together, me armed with a new Canon 1Ds Mark III and Nicholas with his Canon G-9 with some really fun video capabilities.  We flew to Anchorage and drove the rest of the way to Homer, and stayed at Land’s End at the end of the Homer Spit.  The weather had been quite cool and overcast in Homer, and I was worried about weather conditions. However, during our week long stay, we were blessed with great weather—which promptly returned to cool rain and overcast when we left!  Although the landscape opportunities were good, we had come to see the bears of the Katmai Peninsula!

That’s “Blondie” in front of the Three Bears.  At least that’s what we called her.  We got some fantastic images of the bears fishing and were able to view the bears up close.

The Three Bears. ©2008 Ken Doo Photography http://www.houseoflandscapes.comAlaskan Grizzly. ©2008 Ken Doo Photography http://www.houseoflandscapes.comBlondie fishing grizzly style. ©2008 Ken Doo Photography http://www.houseoflandscapes.com

Blondie did not have the best skills fishing for salmon, but she sure tried hard, and looked good for the camera!

Most bears had perfected their fishing skills; one bear found it easier just to steal the other bear’s fresh catch like a bully stealing lunch money at school.  Nicholas caught the bully chasing his “lunch” on this video:

Wonderful wildlife. Great scenery. Good food. Good company.  We’ll be back. 

Grizzly Bear Dash. ©2008 Ken Doo Photography. “Bears of the Katmai” prints available. http://www.houseoflandscapes.com

More bears at my landscape website, www.houseoflandscapes.com

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4 Responses to “Gone Fishing–with the Brown Bears in Alaska!”

  1. Great site Ken welcom to the world of blogging. Sandy & Don

  2. It’s us again. Just watched the video which is way cool!

  3. I’ve made a deposit on a photo tour for 2013 out to Katmai to photograph the bears, and I’m stoked!

    • Hi Rebecca! I hope you have a great trip! I’m sure you’ve got the photography gear list down and ready—-but don’t forget the deet! It’s true what they say about the mosquito being the state bird of Alaska…. When back in Homer, AK, don’t forget to visit the Two Sisters Bakery for their sticky buns and coffee.

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