The Great Land - Alaska - naturalrealm

Grizzly and Cubs, Katmai National Park, Alaska:
this sow grizzly walked her cubs over and laid down in a puddle to cool off within 10 feet of me, right after this shot was taken. it's not uncommon for me to be approached by sows with cubs in this way when i am out in that area - they have become accustomed to using the rare human visitors as 'shields' to keep boars (males) from preying on their cubs. this bear was shot at a very close distance (285mm) with little time for a tripod. We normally would be maintaining a substantially greater distance but feel relatively comfortable with bears which approach us. The guide knew this bear's behavior very well, and our party of 3 watched her in several other instances during our trip there. we visited there based on a boat, and did day trips into hallo bay each day by a landing craft