On June 25th we had to fly out at 9 a.m., but we got in one more shoot before breakfast. I’m sure most people wouldn’t have gone out after yesterday and everything we had seen in the past week, but I’m always looking for the next shot. I wasn’t worried about not finding anything, because you can’t think like that. If we saw nothing, oh well, we tried and it was a great week. But we don’t get to go to Lake Clark all the time, and since we were there, we were going to try one more time for another great shot! Let’s just say we were rewarded for getting up early.
Immediately we found a different mom that had two second-year cubs, and they were close to the trail. The tide had been extremely high, and the sedge flats were flooded. So they ate where they could until the tide went down. Once the slough was a little lower they swam across and we got some real nice shots in the morning light! Just that moment was worth coming out, and if we didn’t have that moment it would have still been worth it.
We drove around and didn’t see much after that, but right as we were getting to the lodge and be done photographing for the trip, a mom and spring cubs came out. We didn’t have long, but we weren’t going to miss this opportunity. We drove to a place where we could then walk out to them, and what a great last shoot we had! This was a different mom and spring cubs, but she was a bear the lodges knew well and was around every year. She actually walked toward us with the cubs and we had to scoot back to not be in their way! They were in real short grass and even though it was a short shoot, it was a great shoot! The cubs stood and were right beside mom, and mom even stood when they were close to us. But if we had never taken the initiative to go out, we would have never gotten these shots.
It was sad to fly back to Anchorage after all we had gotten to see and photograph. My group was extremely happy with everything we got to photograph, and were still in shock mostly because we really got to see so much! I can’t wait to go back next year with my groups, and if interested let me know soon because one of the two weeks is already full. The bears of Lake Clark are hard to beat! Still a few slots left on my first tour next year, but hurry and sign up before they are gone.