Nothing is more amazing than watching an animal in the wild, especially one that is often portrayed as one to be feared and avoided, display absolute comfort around humans/photographers. This bear went from casually eating (digging roots) to finding a place to bed down and have an afternoon nap. If it didn’t feel comfortable with us, there is no way it would have laid down, let alone stuck around long enough for us to get some amazing shots.
This is why I think animals in places like the Alberta National Parks need space. It’s rare that a bear will lay down while you are watching it and have a nap, especially one of this size. It’s a give and take, and we, as photographers need to start giving way more than we are taking in order to ensure that we can continue to photograph these animals in the wild.
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Taken: October 11, 2015
Location: Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Focal Length: 400mm