Alaska: Katmai National Park

Bears. Bears frolicking, fishing, and fighting. And most of all, fattening up for winter. Katmai is on a peninsula in southern Alaska that is only accessible by air taxi. It is known for “Fat Bear Week,” where people worldwide guess which bear is the biggest heading into winter’s hibernation. Photographers get close-up to the grunts and odors from lookouts at Brooks Falls where bears are drawn to abundant salmon runs. Visitors can also venture out to experience the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, formed from a massive volcanic eruption.

The Katmai collection of artwork brings bear cubs playtime to life in action shots.
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Nesting Oystercatcher

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A Black oyster catcher rests on eggs on shore, Kukak Bay, Katmai National Park & Preserve. Oystercatchers do not build nests, but simply lay their eggs along the shore above the high tide mark.

Solo Otter

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Sea otters can often be found floating on their backs. It is their common resting method, which they will use for preening or feeding on clams or mussels.

Silly Seal

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I am honestly not sure what this harbor seal is doing at a haulout in Kukak Bay, Katmai National Park, but it looks like he is cracking up about something said by a nearby gull or seal.

Curious Fox

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A curious red fox kit approaches on alpine tundra in Katmai National Park & Preserve.

Autumn Alpine Sunset

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Evening light through tall grasses and bear berries on the treeless alpine slopes above Crosswinds Lake, Katmai National Park & Preserve.

Lone Wolf

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A lone wolf pauses on a grassy hill near the coastline of Kukak Bay in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Crosswinds STEVE

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The green glow of the aurora borealis lights up the horizon behind Crosswinds Lake in Katmai National Park & Preserve. Additionally, the rare phenomenon known as STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission ...

Kukak Bay Delta

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Flying across the caldera to the coast in Katmai National Park, I looked down to see a massive delta sprawling out along the coast. The rich colors drew my eye, and after research, I have determine...

Grizzly Caught a Salmon

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Grizzlies that live near a stream with a salmon run, congregate at the stream in anticipation of the salmon. The various bears each have their own fishing method which moms teach to their cubs. You...

Mom Grizzly Nursing Twins

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Spring cubs don’t have a care in the world. They spend the first summer of their lives in a constant cycle of playing, nursing and napping. This photograph shows them nursing while the mom holds he...

Katmai Fishing

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Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park, Alaska is famous for the "fishing bears" that gather there. Salmon swimming upstream to Brooks Lake for spawning are the object of all bears attention.

Mt. Wrangell Sunset

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This beautiful view of Mt. Wrangell appeared while standing on the bank of the Copper River, in Mt. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park at 11:45 pm waiting on a June sunset.