I got up-close-and-personal with an Alaskan coastal brown bear in the lush coastal rainforest of Katmai National Park. Wanna see what it was like?
In This Alaska Photo Essay You Will Discover:
- An Impressive Brown Bear
- Scenic Coastal Environs
- What, That’s Not Enough?
- Did I Mention the Bear?
I could bear-ly contain myself when I learned I’d be going to Kodiak Island, Alaska. (OK, I got that out of my system.) It was a place I’d wanted to visit for years—and although I had some preconceptions that were blown out of the water upon arrival—Kodiak exceeded my expectations.
Because it’s all about the bears. Big, beautiful bears. You can keep your lions and your tigers; I think the Alaskan coastal brown bear is the most impressive land-mammal on Earth. Imposing and powerful—yet also cute, with soft eyes and a demeanour that often seems playful—these bears will leave you drop-jawed.
Especially when you get up-close-and-personal, like I did.
The following play-by-play photo essay documents an encounter with a stunning specimen of an Alaskan coastal brown bear in Katmai National Park, Alaska. (We flew from Kodiak to Katmai, as in autumn the bear viewing is more reliable on the mainland. Confusing, I know…)
I wrote a feature about the experience in the Spring 2017 issue of explore magazine. It’s already garnered some serious praise—I encourage you to pick up a copy (Canadian newsstand distribution).
Until then, enjoy my Bucket List encounter with an Alaskan coastal brown bear:
Discover more about Kodiak Island at kodiak.org.