An evening with Grizzly bears in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9331

The second time I crossed paths with this family of Grizzly bears it was deep into dusk.  I spotted the mother in the hill above the Swan Lake Flat about an hour earlier but quickly lost her and the cubs in the rolling slopes as they made their way down.

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9292

When they did appear it surprised me how close they got before I saw them.  Knowing the size of an adult Grizzly, it showed me how high those hills are.  The trio walked and grazed, with he twins play fighting along the way, towards the Grand Loop Road eventually settling about 150 metres away.

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9348-3

The failing light made photographing the bears a fun challenge.  The golden halos created by the glow from the western horizon being caught by the hair in their coats was amazing.  That alone was more than worth the wait.

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9360

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9395

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9352

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9423

They moved parallel to the road for about 20 minutes before heading back into the hills.

Yellowstone Grizzly bear mom and cubs at dusk - © Christopher Martin-9481

12 responses

  1. Wow, what amazing photographs! I LOVE them! 😀

    March 20, 2017 at 5:47 pm

  2. The golden glow around the bears is amazing. SO glad you waited this series of shots out…

    December 10, 2016 at 8:01 pm

  3. gracecodot

    What an amazing experience! What kind of camera was used?

    July 29, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    • Hi Grace – I use Canon dSLRs and lenses. These were shot using a 5D Mark III camera. Great high ISO capability so it is my current go to for early morning and late evening shooting. Have a great day!

      Cheers,

      Chris

      July 30, 2016 at 11:21 am

  4. Beautiful images to a beautifull animals!! Thank

    July 1, 2016 at 5:47 am

  5. Fantastische beelden en een mooi verhaal.

    June 29, 2016 at 6:26 am

  6. Anonymous

    What a cool picture..really a nice one!!

    June 29, 2016 at 4:29 am

  7. Anonymous

    Really a beautifull picture!! the bear is awesome

    June 29, 2016 at 4:27 am

  8. What amazing captures. I’ve never seen a bear in the wild, to see a family of them like this would have been pretty special.

    June 29, 2016 at 12:49 am

  9. Awesome pictures! What a blessing to see something so powerful so closely. Thanks for sharing!

    June 28, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  10. I am sure you used a zoom lens​e on this shot but it stll seems to close for my comfort.

    June 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

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