Photo By Jimmy Day

“I took this photograph while staying at the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska,” says Jimmy Day. “The area is well known for its population of Alaskan brown bears and, amazingly, they’re very tolerant of their human visitors. The park is uncrowded by humans but has plenty of bears that occasionally even roam through the cabin areas surrounding the lodge. It made me a bit nervous at first, but after a few days, I grew accustomed to it. After a week, I had well over 4,000 bear photographs to choose from.

“After a day of shooting, we came upon these two cubs (estimated at about 3 years old) who were curiously trying to get inside a plane. I shot this photograph before the pilot returned a short time later and chased the curious cubs away.”

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Nikon D610, AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR at 500mm. Exposure: 1/640 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 400.

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