3 days ago
Kamchatka bear cubs – On the 3rd of August I posted a later image from this sequence, showing just one bear cub as it ran straight down the barrel of my lens. This, as you can see is an earlier image, when both cubs came chasing through the water and here is where they started to separate. Such moments in photography, though utterly thrilling and humbling, are somewhat intense. As I was leading a photographic group at the time, an incredibly happy one, I’m always mindful primarily for their safety but at this moment I was completely relaxed. At either side of our group stood two rangers, my good friend Vitali with whom I have worked previously and also Platon, both incredibly experienced and familiar with the individual bears. As the bear cubs separated so we were confronted with the decision of which bear on which to focus, I’m sure you can imagine such hardships are hard for me to bear (sarcasm and an awful pun in one sentence, you lucky people!) 😃. Whilst I was originally absorbed in the moment, lying flat on my belly and trying to maintain accurate focussing it was only as one cub just kept on coming that my eyebrows started to raise somewhat. We all know that about the most dangerous place on Earth is in between a mother bear and her cubs and whilst we had the mum and one cub passing to our right the other cub continued to make a bee-line for our group. As he emerged out of the water I had already put my camera down, capturing images was no longer in my mind, ensuring that we didn’t have a rogue cub trying to navigate his way through our small group was. Of course my concerns lasted only the briefest time, the cub soon skidded to a halt, gave us all a cursory but cheeky look mand then scooted back to join his other sibling and his remarkably relaxed mum. I can’t help wondering however what images I might have captured had I not put my camera down!