Kamchatka brown bear running – It seems to me that you’re liking the bear images so here’s another, this time of a bear who I’ve actually mentioned in previous posts. This bear ultimately became my favourite individual from the whole trip because he was the epitome of cool assurance and total confidence. He had an imperious walk and he would stride confidently through the river occasionally diving on the odd, unfortunate salmon. His other passion was to glide ever closer and closer to us people, sauntering casually by, usually so close that I would have to rise from my prostrate position, if only so that on my knees I was at least up to his shoulders. On one occasion when I was photographing him on just my 200-400mm lens I had already zoomed out to 200mm but still I could see nothing but bear. So consumed was I with photography that I hadn’t paid attention to his close approach and when I did finally look up my instinct was simply to lean away from the camera as he passed just a few feet away. In this moment however he was emerging from the lake and so, rather than indiscriminately fire the shutter in some random scattergun approach I would instead simply fire small bursts whenever I could see his paw leave the water. Their massive feet are so often the anchor point for an image and those that contain them, such as this one are always head and shoulders above the images that don’t. If nothing else it gives one a salient reminder of why these creatures, these true omnivores, are so biologically designed to do what they do. There is not a fish in that lake that’s going to survive being swiped by that massive paw. Though we only ended up naming just a few bears we decided that because this bear obviously had so much that his name would have to be…Swag! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety @tatraphotography
3.5 years ago I got to know Hadez... and his crazy (aren't we all a bit crazy?) human Frank.
Usually I get a lot of messages where people ask to meet up with Ninja and me, but never really follow through. Frank's message started as the typical request. "Ninja is beautiful... bla bla.. I want to get a puppy of Ninja & Jade... I want to meet the father of Hadez... even better why don't you come and visit us in Switzerland?"
It was a lot to handle for me at first... the invitation to another country, etc... Frank stayed persistent and did not give up and seemed to really really want to meet... so I called the breeder of Hadez (no she is not on Instagram afaik) and checked out if he really was interested in a puppy and if he'd get one... she confirmed and said "I am certain you would like each other."
Hmh... this sounded intriguing and I decided to throw all doubt overboard and to pull through with it. Visiting Frank seemed out of the question. But as he would have to pass passing Mainz to pick up Hadez I offered to join him ( I am sooo generous! 😁) and drive the car as I knew the roads really good.
From the first moment on we had a great time... I was so relieved... we have a similar humor... and were laughing most of the trip.
I am glad that I agreed to meet Frank. Over these years he became a close friend. These are hard to find, especially since I am not an easy person.
This is what this picture reminds me of... the friendship not only of the dogs but also their humans.
Thank You Frank for Your friendship.
Great Horned Owl Portrait
Photographing this owl indoors allowed for unique backdrops including the black muslin behind this guy, but also raised the heat to mid summer levels in early June. The flight sessions were short due to this, to protect the birds, but made for some awesome portraits, with some great expressions. Owls will often open their mouths and pant to help keep their body temperatures down in the summer, which is what this GHO is doing to keep cool in this image.
Canadian Raptor Conservancy
Canon T5i - Tamron 150-600mm
Captured June 3rd, 2017