New Photos From Katmai National Park!


As you may have heard there has been a record salmon run in Bristol Bay this year. In Katmai there are always a lot of bears and salmon, but this year the numbers were off the charts!

Though I haven’t been in many years because of the crowds, we made the effort to go to the famous Brooks Falls and were rewarded with great light, patiently fishing bears, and leaping salmon. Elsewhere in the park we discovered some deep snow patches that were favorite play and sleep areas for the bears. It was a great place for them to cool down in T-shirt weather for humans—I can only imagine how hot they get with all that fur.

The cubs had discovered channels and tunnels in the snow and would pop up to bite their siblings only to disappear again. There was an abundance of sows with two, even three cubs. It takes a lot of salmon to fuel mothers and cubs, and the fish did not disappoint.

Overall, it was great to be back in Katmai after taking a hiatus last season, and I can’t wait to be back here next year with another group of amazing participants!

7 Responses to “New Photos From Katmai National Park!”

  1. Rick Derevan says:

    Amazing set of images. Thanks for posting.

  2. Kristin says:

    Thank you for these wonderful pictures. I love them!

  3. J.C. Tryon says:

    Wonderful capture of Kodiak maternal instinct, Art. You never disappoint.

  4. Wendy Foulds says:

    Fantastic photos Art! Katmai National Park is one of the places on my list to experience and photograph.

  5. Julie says:

    Unbelievable seeing these wonderful photos what a magic time you had being this part of the world to view nature at its best from someone who wishes one day to see it all and be able to photograph it to!!! Well done 👍 from Julie from down under Australia 🇦🇺

  6. Bonnie Fisher says:

    Outstanding!

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