21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Grizzly Encounter

As avid hikers, we often find ourselves seeking adventure and connection with nature. But here's the incredible twist! I wasn't alone in this mesmerizing moment. Right beside me was another intrepid hiker, who was equally awestruck by the bear's presence. We exchanged glances that spoke volumes - a mix of astonishment, excitement, and a dash of anxiety . As we continued our hike together, we began chatting about our outdoor experiences, adventures, and even our lives beyond the trails. Our shared grizzly encounter became a story we retold to fellow hikers we met along the way, spreading both caution and awe in equal measure. Our newfound connection is a testament to the magic of nature, how it brings like-minded people together, even in the most unexpected circumstances. So grateful for this encounter that introduced me to a fantastic new friend who understands the thrill of exploring the great outdoors!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Glacier National Park, Montana, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Copyright: © Tanner Saul