“Bear!” I shouted as the bus drove past. We were about half an hour south of Carcross, Yukon Territory, on our return to Skagway, Alaska.
James, the driver taking me and 21 other people on the Mountain Outin’ extension of our Alaska tour, immediately stopped the bus and turned it around. The big bear was still there near the side of the road, happily munching dandelions that had just sprouted.
We pulled up close, James cut the engine, and we watched enthralled. I wanted to see and photograph a bear more than any other animal on my Alaska tour, and most of the other people on the tour probably had the same hope.
We were lucky to see a bear so close to us, in a clearing, and in excellent light. You can even see catchlight in its eye, something that photographers always try to capture. And we were especially lucky to be inside a vehicle at the time.
The bear was so hungry for the newly sprouted dandelions that it paid us little attention. I shot off about 200 photos in the five or six minutes that we watched until we got our bear fix. While I was shooting with my 100-400mm lens, the bear was so close that I shot at 200mm. These are my favorites.