Lake Clark National Park is a land of stunning beauty with steaming volcanoes, craggy mountains and foraging bears. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of this Alaska wilderness. Photo by Kara Lewandowski, National Park Service.
Brown Bear Yearling Closeup by David & Shiela Glatz Via Flickr: Curious Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) yearling, Cook Inlet, Alaska. Honestly didn’t think this was one of our better images from the June 2012 trip, but it’s been very popular. Adding to more groups - let us know what you think. This little female cub lost her sibling the year before. She stayed close to mom and played a lot with her. Gradually realized we weren’t a threat and showed some curiosity towards us as you see here.
Comprised of 4 million acres in southwest Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is one of the nation’s most remote national parks. Winter conditions add more challenges to those wanting to explore this gorgeous and diverse landscape, but as you can see, the backcountry scenes are worth the cold. Photo of Tanalian Falls by James Walton, National Park Service.
Brown Bear Spring Cub Rides Mom’s Back by David & Shiela Glatz Via Flickr: Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) spring cub rides its mother’s back after she crosses a slew. The cub’s sibling didn’t make it on mom’s back until later in the week. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
Chosen as “Pic of the Day” by photo editors for National Geographic’s The Great Nature Project, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
just answer me this: how do you see their reunion happening
I see Clarke radioing Bellamy saying “it’s been a year since the Earth’s been safe, Bellamy. Where are you?” And then suddenly he sees a spark in the sky and sees a ship coming down. It lands near the lake. Clarke races through the trees with her hand clenching the radio still. Her heart is racing as she approaches the beach. The door of the ship opens and we see Raven, Monty, harpy, Murphy and emori and echo come and smile at the landscape while breathing in happily. Clarke reaches the beach and stops and takes a gasp of happiness as tears well up in her eyes. She starts waking towards them while looking for a familiar face. We hear Murphy say “Holy shit” when he sees her and she smiles widely. They all approach her and hug her. And then we hear a “No.” from behind them. All of them turn and look at Bellamy who’s standing at the door of the dropship. His eyes are piercing through Clarke’s as they both stare at each other in disbelief. His knees give out beneath him as he repeats “no” repeatedly. He blinks his eyes quickly trying to wake himself up from this dream and realizes its reality. Clarke slowly and cautiously walks up to him with her mouth still slightly open. Tears are flowing down her face as a smile of relief comes upon her face. Bellamy’s face is still frozen in disbelief as he stares at her. It’s been 6 years since they see each other. “Clarke?” He croaks out. And Clarke kneels down and holds his face in her hands and says “It’s me. I’m here.” And then we can see tears welling up in Bellamy’s eyes. Clarke pulls his face into her shoulder and tangles her fingers in his hair as she glances up at the sky for a moment and smiles before closing her eyes and nestling her face into his shoulder. Bellamy wraps his arms around her tightly while closing his eyes. Tears seep into each other’s shirts as they just sit there holding each other as everyone else watched them.
Mink in Alaska are larger and darker than most weasels. They can hunt on land and water, preying on fish, rodents, birds and insects. Mostly solitary, they only gather during breeding season in the spring. However, this mink at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve doesn’t seem to be thinking about romance. Photo by J. Mills, National Park Service.
Mother Bear with Cub, Alaska by David & Shiela Glatz Via Flickr: This mother Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) lost one of her cubs born last year. This male cub looks just like his mother. Hopefully he inherits and passes on her mellow, easy-to-photograph disposition. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
Doesn’t Lake Clark National Park in Alaska look gorgeous this time of year? This photo of Tanalian Falls with the snow-capped mountains in the background was taken two weeks ago. Photo courtesy of Tom Tessier.