Ah, wildlife photography… What a great way to take some gorgeous shots while also enjoying nature. You sit there, enjoy peace, quiet and beautiful weather, think about stuff, hang out with a bear… Wait, what?
Yup, while he was taking photos, photographer Drew Hammond had a visit from a large bear who approached and sat beside him. It seems like the bear wanted to enjoy the beautiful day himself, and the scene is both adorable and scary as hell.
Hammond was photographing bears catching salmon in Alaska when one of them approached him and sat beside him. As a viewer watching this on my laptop screen, I feel like hugging that adorable bear. I mean, just look at those fluffy ears and that cute face! But, if I had been in the photographer’s place, I’d probably have a heart attack.
When the bear stands up and goes behind the photographer, things get a little tense for a moment. Still, Hammond managed to react calmly and the bear just left. When he turns the camera around, you can see just how many bears there were at the moment, so I’m not surprised one came up to check out what was going on.
The video was posted quite a long time ago by jprocdaddy, and the credits are given to Drew Hammond. It’s quite old, but it seems to be making its rounds again. With all my good will, I wasn’t able to figure out which of the Drew Hammonds out there is the photographer behind the video, because Google offers several different people. But whoever he is: my hat’s off to him for staying so calm in this incredibly tense situation.