Entire Print Collection (6/1159)

Add to Lightbox Download
< Prev Next >
The Queen.  The Teton Queen, anyway. I was delighted to bump into grizzly #399 recently as she stepped out of thick brush and aspen trees during a brief interlude while feasting on berries.  Given her trials and tribulations raising four cubs as the most famous grizzly in the world and all that comes with it, I made a decision a couple of years ago that I would no longer proactively attempt to find her and photograph her.  But when you're in her territory and she pops up near the road as you happen to be driving by, you take the opportunity to fire off a few frames.  I'll admit it, I was excited and surprised to see her again, up close. What a remarkable bear she is and I've enjoyed many encounters with her during the past dozen or more years. And now, at 26 years old, and having raised and separated from her four cubs this spring, she's out on her own and looking terrific. Yes, her teeth are yellowed and worn, and her face shows some age, but look at her size -- she seems healthy, relaxed, and is putting on the weight she'll need to get through the winter.  It was a privilege to see her again during this twilight phase of her long life.  I hope to see her again before she sleeps, and I'm betting she makes an appearance next spring with new cubs.  Time will tell.  Long live the Queen!
2415 The Queen 399 _6700 x 4467 20220912 1601.jpg
The Queen. The Teton Queen, anyway. I was delighted to bump into grizzly #399 recently as she stepped out of thick brush and aspen trees during a brief interlude while feasting on berries. Given her trials and tribulations raising four cubs as the most famous grizzly in the world and all that comes with it, I made a decision a couple of years ago that I would no longer proactively attempt to find her and photograph her. But when you're in her territory and she pops up near the road as you...
more »

Keywords: