One of the first mornings at Lake Clark National Park, we spotted a grizzly bear lying on the beach in beautiful light. The tides were low so the mud flats were exposed, making it easier for the bear to hunt for clams. This one must have had a fully belly and chose to sleep peacefully in the warm sun. We experimented with various shots and thought she might stay still for awhile but that was not the case.
We stayed far enough away from her so as not to disturb her but she didn’t stay still for long. Just as we changed our positions to put the sun behind us, she did as well. It worked to our advantage though as we were able to get the golden light on her face.
I zoomed in even closer so that I could see the features of her claws, nose and mouth. She was such a beautiful and well groomed bear that didn’t appear to have been in many fights yet this year.
She didn’t stay still for long as she rolled on her back to stretch before us.
We even got a peek at that long pink tongue but weren’t quite sure what she was doing with it since she didn’t appear to be grooming herself or eating anything.
We got another glimpse of that tongue when she stood up a short while later and proceeded to relieve herself. Why she stuck out her tongue at the same time is a mystery to me. 🙂
That was enough standing for her and down she went again into the sand. This time she used the small rocks and pebbles as a scratching board for her back.
She kept a close watchful eye on us as she took care of all those itchy spots on her backside.
Finally she felt satisfied and could rest peacefully once again, despite her audience.
Well, almost peacefully…I guess a paw over the eyes helped block out the gaze of her observers. 🙂
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