2016 Photo Contest

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Alaska Magazine’s 2016 Annual Photo Contest begins May 25, 2016 and ends August 1, 2016. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old or older or have parental/guardian permission.

 

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Black Bear Kenai Fjords 2016 1
by DawnWilson
Category: Wildlife
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Title:
Black Bear Kenai Fjords 2016 1

Author:
DawnWilson

Category:
Wildlife

Description:
I decided to take an evening hike up to Exit Glacier to capture sunset over the top of the glacier. As I started the hike, I was warned by a few hikers that a black bear was on the trail just a short distance ahead. My response often surprises other hikers: "Excellent! Looking forward to crossing paths!" Although safety is always number one when hiking in Alaska, encountering wildlife is my best reward for getting outdoors. But I went well past the area where the hikers mentioned the bear was located so I thought nothing more of it. I reached the glacier just as a gust of wind blew off my hat. I scrambled to get it before it blew over the edge and onto the ice. When I stood up, there was the bear just strolling along the glacier. I watched for maybe 15 minutes before he wandered over the top ridge and onto the Harding Ice Field.
Description:
I decided to take an evening hike up to Exit Glacier to capture sunset over the top of the glacier. As I started the hike, I was warned by a few hikers that a black bear was on the trail just a short distance ahead. My response often surprises other hikers: "Excellent! Looking forward to crossing paths!" Although safety is always number one when hiking in Alaska, encountering wildlife is my best reward for getting outdoors. But I went well past the area where the hikers mentioned the bear was located so I thought nothing more of it. I reached the glacier just as a gust of wind blew off my hat. I scrambled to get it before it blew over the edge and onto the ice. When I stood up, there was the bear just strolling along the glacier. I watched for maybe 15 minutes before he wandered over the top ridge and onto the Harding Ice Field.