It’s amazing how with a group, the more you see the more they expect. I understand, it’s just hard to keep meeting their expectations when what they are asking for seems ridiculous. But my group was great and they knew we had had an amazing trip, but why not ask for more. On our last full day one guy came up to me and said he knew we had gotten some great pictures, but he wanted something epic. That’s quite the statement, and he knew when he was asking it was ridiculous, but we had seen so much I held out hope that it would happen.
Before breakfast we had some great light and the mom and three-year-old cubs, but nothing came together. The cubs lightly played, but it was always quick and then they would separate. It was going to be a bright sunny day, so we had a quick breakfast and then headed back out. We saw three bears together on the tidal flats, and if something epic was going to happen it was going to be with them. Challenge accepted, and lets go get some amazing shots!
I could write for a really long time what we got over the next few hours, but I will let my pictures do the talking. The bears ran, played, fought, rolled around, were in front of a volcano, fought in backlight and in front of a mountain, ran through rivers, and gave us one incredible shoot to remember! And then at the end one bear gave us a real nice shot as a parting gift it seemed. If he wanted epic, that was epic!
In the afternoon we walked out to Johnson River Valley again, and a saw a few bears this time. One was real curious and came and checked us out. We even got to see a wolf, which was my first time seeing a wolf in Lake Clark! After dinner we were on the mom with three cubs, and we got some nice shots of the cubs jumping a little slough. We even got her nursing all the cubs in real good light! What a day!