Location & Date: Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/200-400mm @400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000th
Frequent readers of this blog know that there is no bear that means more to me than Scarface, the most iconic bruin in the world’s most storied national park. Every year I’ve visited Yellowstone, I’ve seen this grizzly bear, giving me the opportunity to document the animal not only on film, slide and digital image, but also providing me with a marker for my life. And during our last day in Yellowstone in 2015, my dear old friend made one more appearance, close to the exact spot I had first watched him when I was seven. While Scarface has given me so many wonderful memories, this was likely my favourite photo shoot with the grizzly. From a photographic point of view, the light was very good, the setting was superb and the crowd was minimal. As the old giant lumbered down the hillside, he crossed the road and gave me one last look before disappearing into the woods. Losing weight and surpassing an average grizzly’s life expectancy, many think I’ve photographed Scarface for the last time. But then again, Scarface is no ordinary bear and I’ll always bet on Scarface to defy the odds.