According to the rules, I had to stay 30 feet away from the wire fence if they were present but, absorbed in my thoughts, I couldn’t have been farther than 9 feet. I could not imagine that he’d be there, a mere 3 or 6 feet away from this small 3-feet-high fence, behind that bungalow and among the foliage: a Kamchatka brown bear. He looked at me with a certain curiosity, fearlessly, while he sniffed the air and then, unperturbed, carried on eating grass. (Yes, bears also eat grass.) I found myself at Kurile Lake, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A crater lake shaped like a caldera in the south of the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia. Home to the largest concentration of Eurasian brown bears, which are attracted by the spawning sockeye salmon. The result: giant bears. With a length of 8 feet, 10 feet tall when standing on their back legs, they can weigh up to a staggering 1300 pounds.
If you want to know how to organize a trip in which you can photograph these wonderful animals in a unique place, separated by tens of kilometres of human presence, where you need a helicopter or a marathon walk for several days to get there, I invite you to have a look at my book: 10 original trips to enjoy Earth.