17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Water Break

This brown bear was particularly bad at catching fish. He would sit on a rock and patiently let salmon swim only a few feet in front of him and then once they had passed, would superman into the water and come up empty. After one of his misses, he sat motionless in the water, taking a few sips into his mouth. As he was doing this, I silently slid down into the water so I could be eye level with the bear. With my camera just a few inches above the water, I fired off a couple shots just as the bear lifted its eyes to look at me.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © Eric Fisher