A grizzly mom literally has no problem with me, to the point she's cool with napping. I've been following this bear for years, and we both understand just how much space to give each other. Images like this are often the result of long periods of being uncomfortable and pushing boundaries. I've chosen to dedicate myself to my art, and it's just something you accept over time. Watching TV and couch comfort in the 'burbs won't get it done.
Whew. On March 1 I left my Shangri La in Misssoula for uncharted waters. I hit everything from producer meetings in LA, to Redwood, to Crater Lakje, to Spokane Washington. I've camped in national forests, stayed in hotels, experienced many great things...with my ten year old cat, Wrigley. He used to have pretty bad anxiety. Not anymore, as the trip changed him. I've been a vagabond for quite some time. Is it time to settle down? Well...as Pavement sang on their song "Range Life": "If I could settle down, then I would settle down.".
Some days you're the bear, some days the bison. This was one of those rare moments where mother nature tells you the whole story.
A bull moose feeds in strong wind. Filmed in Montana.
Hey everyone, I appreciate all the new followers. For those new here, I'm a writer and photographer. My most popular novel is The Puller (heavy animal content), and my most well known image is a squirrel watching sunrise in Yosemite (which I've yet to post here). Thanks for tuning in, much more to come. I believe as a person evolves as an artist and a human being, everything becomes less "I, I, I, me, me, me" and more about showing a unique viewpoint of the world tastefully filtered through your personal experience. I hope I've done that here.
The greatest bull moose I've ever seen. And I've encountered many greats.
A nice bull wades through a shallow lake in Montana.
A good sized bull makes his way across a shallow lake. Moose are a featured species in my debut novel, The Puller.
A once in a lifetime encounter with two wild mountain lions. They knew I was coming from a mile away. Most mountain lion video or imagery you see online was captured using dogs to tree the lion. I'd never do that because I'm not a child. Respect wildlife. Mountain lions play a key role in my debut novel, The Puller.
Baby Silver makes an appearance. Check out those claws. The bear and I had an unspoken understanding...we knew exactly how much space to give each other. I'm looking forward to returning to grizzly country this fall.
"And time was like water but I was the sea. I never noticed it passing." '- Rake, by Townes Van Zandt *note the two smaller moose in the background
Baby Silver tries to get back with her mother, who kicked her out a year early. Glacier National Park.
Grizzly bears are mother nature's tanks. They can go anywhere, they just need a lot of fuel. Filmed in Glacier National Park.
Although I'm in LA soaking up beautiful weather and business, I will be back to the spectacular state of Montana for prime moose filming season.
Baby Silver: truly one of the most animated and legendary Glacier bears ever. I haven't seen her in four years.
A grizzly cub stands and peeks around her mother in the spectacular terrain of Glacier National Park. Hiking in Montana can be an intense experience. But I've taken hundreds of images of this sow and know her travel patterns. I make sure she hears, and sees me. She's been a familiar face for 10+ years and is truly an essential component of the park for me. Along with berries and grubs, she's excellent at hunting big horn sheep. I like to think that in this crazy rat race world, this powerful grizzly will always be lumbering along the majestic terrain of Glacier, her silver tipped fur rippling in the cold wind.