On my recent trip to photograph coastal brown bears (Ursus arctos) in Lake Clark National Park, I experienced nearly perfect weather for a full week, with just one day of light drizzle and only a few overcast days. About half the time we had full sun, with hardly a cloud in the sky, and warm. Great for us, but it can be tiring for the bears to hang in the sun with their thick fur coats. This guy found a comfy log in the center of a sedge grass meadow on which to nap, and gave us hardly a glance as we walked by him.

Lazy brown bear naps on a log, Ursus arctos, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Lazy brown bear naps on a log.
Image ID: 19251
Species: Brown bear, Ursus arctos
Location: Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, USA

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!