Autumn Grizzly in the park

autumn-grizzly-in-the-banff-national-park-christopher-martin-4206Autumn strode confidently into the Banff National Park at the beginning of September.  While some berries and flowers were still producing their best work of the year, much of the foliage has started to turn with grass yellowing and leaves falling.  It is a beautiful season in the park (but I would have to say that I like them all!).  A couple of weeks ago I found this Grizzly bear in the Bow Valley between Lake Louise and the Castle Junction.  It moved steadily through the palette of fall colors, eating berries as it found them.


It left this hillside meadow after a while and melted into the forest.  I caught sight one more time and could see it watch me for a second before continuing on and easily disappearing again.


108 responses

  1. Good my

    September 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  2. Amazing dude. I would love to see a bear in the wild.

    December 3, 2016 at 3:29 am

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    October 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  4. Cute

    October 20, 2016 at 12:21 am

  5. imigrantengfilipina


    October 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

  6. a beautiful picture taken, well done!

    October 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

  7. Bears freak me out!!

    October 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  8. what a beatiful beast.

    October 8, 2016 at 7:55 am

  9. Love this post! Very timely. Going to Banff this fall. The photos are just wow!

    October 6, 2016 at 1:57 am

    • I hope you enjoy the park when you come. We have snow today so it may have its winter coat on when you arrive!

      October 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  10. Very exciting to see bears starting to come out!

    October 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

    • They are just winding down a busy summer in this part of the world. They emerge from their dens between late February and April – depending on weather, cubs, etc. They will be returning to their dens between late October and early December. It is wonderful to see them whenever they come out!

      October 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  11. Those photos, I looked at them for like 5 minutes!

    October 1, 2016 at 5:18 am

  12. cuhgalloway

    Awesome pictures!

    September 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

  13. iamsophietemple

    I’m travelling to Banff and Jasper in a few weeks! Looks amazing!

    September 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

    • It is! Good on you. I am certain you will have a fantastic visit.

      September 29, 2016 at 3:12 am

  14. Nice

    September 28, 2016 at 4:47 am

  15. Wow


    September 28, 2016 at 3:16 am

  16. Nice!

    September 28, 2016 at 12:36 am

  17. that’s amazimg

    September 27, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  18. Bird and Wildlife Photography


    September 27, 2016 at 3:45 am

  19. Thank you so much!

    September 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  20. asmallwardrobe

    Wow! This makes me crave another North American road trip. No bears in Australia.

    September 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

  21. amazing!!!

    September 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  22. The Bear is majestic… What other animals you saw there…??

    September 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  23. Amazing pictures!

    September 26, 2016 at 11:31 am

  24. Gorgeous shot! I’ve read that Grizzlies typically avoid contact with human beings but he looks rather unsure/friendly here, which is adorable!

    September 26, 2016 at 1:48 am

  25. Wow, beautiful! What camera did you capture this with?

    September 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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    September 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

  27. Interesting

    September 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  28. Ale

    Reblogged this on If I were a mermaid and commented:
    So cool!

    September 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

  29. HartSevenSix

    The beasts all band together in a show jam

    September 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

  30. Keep calm and just carry on

    Sensational photographs! Looks such a beautiful place.

    September 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

  31. Good job yey!

    September 25, 2016 at 4:06 am

  32. Really great photos!!

    September 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  33. Yes, those claws are awe-inspiring and really a treat to see this series of images of this bear. Frankly I am envious.

    September 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

  34. Mike Hohmann

    Beautiful photos, Christopher. I especially like the first one showing those big claws so clearly. I love seeing Grizzly bears; they represent my #1 indicator for ‘true wilderness.’ Thx.

    September 24, 2016 at 10:18 am

  35. nathaswami

    Marvellous !

    September 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

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  37. Martin @ how much time you have took for taking such nice pictures ??

    September 23, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    • Hi,

      I have been going into the park for years, this time was the twentieth time I’ve been up in the park this summer and that was the third hour I had hiked and driven along the Bow Valley enjoying the scenery, my thoughts and looking for wildlife.



      September 24, 2016 at 12:03 am

  38. clay1waters

    That’s braver than me unless it’s a telephoto lens haha

    September 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    • Hi Clay – I was definitely using a telephoto lens!

      September 23, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      • clay1waters

        Haha smart man

        September 24, 2016 at 9:57 am

  39. Were you not…fearful, not even a little? Sumptuous bears.

    September 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    • Hi Cynthia,

      Not fearful but certainly alert. There was a few other people there and the distance kept the chance of the encounter becoming dangerous unlikely.



      September 23, 2016 at 11:58 pm

  40. Angy

    Your photos are amazing!

    September 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm

  41. Ohhh….. amazing pictures..
    If you have time please read my post at

    September 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  42. This photography is stunning and made even better by the way you narrated this magical story!

    September 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

  43. I have been to “bear country” numerous times but have never actually seen a bear, part of me really wants to – and part of me is terrified to! Great pictures.

    September 23, 2016 at 10:01 am

  44. Wow. Absolutely amazing.

    September 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

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    September 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

  46. Karthikeyan

    Splendid photos capturing both the mood of the season and the freedom the grizzly bear enjoys in the National Park.

    September 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

  47. Very nice👏👏

    September 23, 2016 at 8:24 am

  48. Wow, great captures!! Haven’t seen one third closely ever .

    September 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

  49. Cool!😃

    September 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

  50. darakhshannazir

    woah! ‘really impressive’i must say !!!

    September 23, 2016 at 6:35 am

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    September 23, 2016 at 5:32 am

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    September 23, 2016 at 5:15 am

  53. Amaaaaazing! It must have been one of the most memorable moment of your life, glad that you could capture it & share it with us all 🙂

    September 23, 2016 at 3:41 am

  54. I wish i was there. Amazing photos, Cristopher.. I loved it all💕😊😊😊

    September 23, 2016 at 3:34 am

  55. Wow! really close encounter! Great photos.

    September 23, 2016 at 3:09 am

  56. Beautiful captures.

    September 23, 2016 at 2:34 am

  57. Wooooooooooooooooow, veeeeeeeery nice pic

    September 23, 2016 at 2:24 am

  58. Hello Christopher,
    May I ask if I can copy your picture (marked the source, of course) as an illustration for my story? I’m writing a fantasy, sci-fi kind of story on my blog, and I’m in love with the third pic from the grizzly. Is it possible?
    Many thanks for your answer,

    September 23, 2016 at 2:21 am

    • Hi Shina – thank you for asking. I’m good with the usage you outlined. If the story gets printed and you still want to use my image, let’s have a discussion about a licensing fee then. For use on your own blog – no worries at all. Please send the link when you publish – I would love to read it! Have a great day.



      September 23, 2016 at 10:04 am

  59. Goodh

    September 23, 2016 at 1:59 am

  60. beautiful shot! i miss home (calgary) so much when i see wildlife pictures from this part of the world!

    September 22, 2016 at 11:48 pm

  61. These are great photos.

    September 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

  62. Wow, need guts for that!!!!

    September 22, 2016 at 11:15 pm

  63. thedailystrollblog

    Amazing clicks

    September 22, 2016 at 10:58 pm

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  65. This is awesome😊

    September 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  66. lifeinasinglepicture

    woah!! great photography. ❤

    September 22, 2016 at 9:17 pm

  67. my, what big claws you have…

    September 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm

  68. You have a brave heart! However far you must be, but it takes courage.

    September 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm

  69. How far does you lens allow you to be?
    I like it

    September 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

  70. Look at those claws! I was backpacking a on the Colorado Trail a couple weeks ago and came across black bear and a moose. I have no interest in coming across a grizzly!! Love the photos!

    September 22, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  71. Wow! Funny thing, I was posting about Banff a couple of days ago. It’s so cool you got to see a bear. When I went, there was a bear at lake Louise but it was way too high to see. One of the biggest highlights of Banff was getting to see elk.

    September 22, 2016 at 7:29 pm

  72. The pictures are so clear, it is something to inspire many people. If you made a calendar of your best photography I would certainly buy one.

    September 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm

  73. Simply magnificent! To be honest there will be zero chance for me to witness the moment like yours (I live far away and I dont support zoos). So this kind of post makes me feel like you have become my other eyes thru photography. This post makes me happy seeing the grizzly bear is living his life in freedom without human intervention.

    You are really lucky and blessed. I just want you to know that.and thank you for the post. It’s really beautiful.

    September 22, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  74. jakerose

    Beautiful pictures, wow!

    September 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  75. lettyhiggins

    Absolutely stunning work!

    September 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

  76. bethelazikiwe

    good picture

    September 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm

  77. Wow!!! These pictures are amazing!! You were so close the the bear! I would have been scared to death!!
    Really an amazing work! 🙂

    September 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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      September 23, 2016 at 7:05 am

  78. Wow! Thank you so much for giving us all a glimpse of these amazing bears!

    September 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  79. What a find! Good thing he was occupied with berries. What lens did you capture with? Nice shot!

    September 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    • Hi Mitchell – I used a Canon 100-400 II lens for all of these images. Thanks again!

      September 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  80. The bear has great expressions. The first pic looks like her was caught in the middle of doing something. And the second, “He looks like he wants to say, “What are you looking at?” LOL. He’s beautiful. Absolutely stunning pictures.

    September 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    • Love your read on the expressions. It is cool how the story develops when you see an image. Thank you for sharing yours!

      September 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  81. I like your post about the bear…hope to see more like this!

    September 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

  82. Well written

    September 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

  83. The last photography is so beautiful !

    September 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  84. I like the look on the bear’s face on the first one. Sort of looks like he’s waving hello. And those nails . . . yikes. The second picture looks like he’s looking right at you. I love when animals make eye contact. I’m really enjoying these bear pics!

    September 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

  85. I have the same question. How far does you lens allow you to be?

    September 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

    • Hi Svetlana! I was 100-150 meters away I would estimate. The lens was the 100-400mm II and was largely at full extension here.

      September 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      • Well, it’s not very close, but it’s not very far either:). Be careful out there!

        September 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  86. Nice !

    September 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

  87. Lovely fellow 😉

    September 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

  88. I saw it one when I went to Banff National Park in 2008

    September 22, 2016 at 8:00 am

  89. Wow, Christopher! Stunning captures! How far away were you from the bear? I feel my heart would be beating a mile a minute if I spotted a grizzly… no matter how far it was.

    September 22, 2016 at 7:14 am

    • Hi! Roughly 100-150m away. The last image was closer but I was in my car so that’s quite a bit different 😀.

      September 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    • I watched the bear very closely for any cues that it was uncomfortable. You can see he was doing the same! I still had bear spray on me as he is wild, things can change fast and I would not even pretend to be a bear behavior expert despite spending a fair amount of time observing them in the wild.

      September 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      • Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! I may not always have time to see all your blog posts but when I do, I am always blown away by your talent.

        September 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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