Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Kodiak Curiosity” by Terry Barnes. Location: Uyak Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska.
“While visiting a Bear Camp on Uyak Bay, Kodiak, we would take a series of boats down towards the end of the bay each morning,” explains Barnes. “The last small boat took us far enough to where we had to jump out wearing waders and walk to the rocky beach. Hiking down the beach on the final day, we saw these two bears out in the muddy bay digging up food. The tide being out allowed them to walk into this area. The diameter of their feet kept them from sinking too deep in the mud, whereas a person wouldn’t have a chance and would be stranded, and probably perish, as there are no other humans in the area. The two bears walked to the beach we were on and proceeded to stroll up towards us. I was already set with my long lens and tripod and, though I felt no fear, our hunting guide did have a rifle and was experienced in this area. As the bears approached within 40 feet, and I was shooting images nonstop with a fast heartbeat, our guide stood up and said a few words out loud to the bears. At this, they stopped, turned and quickly ran up the bank into the brush. Probably the most exciting moment I’ve ever had on an outing.”
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