Photo of the Day Contest
Standing Bears by David Swindler
Friday, 4th March 2016

Standing Bears

by David Swindler

A sow and cub stood up on the tall grass to get a good look at an approaching bear. They must be constantly on the alert, since other bears may try to harm the cubs. In this case, a very dominant bear was moving into the area, so they took off running. Photographed in Alaska, USA.
Equipment: Canon 5D III, Canon 100-400mm II
David Swindler
My name is David Swindler and I'm an outdoor photography and travel enthusiast. After working for 10 years as a semiconductor engineer, I quit my job to follow my true passion. I'm now leading guided photography tours. I primarily do private tours in the Southwest from my base in Kanab, UT. My foray into photography was slow and steady. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and started work as a Process Engineer for Micron Technology. My specialty was photolithography, a high-tech process of nano-scale printing to form tiny circuitry on silicon chips. As I worked with the optics and exposure equipment, I began to see many parallels with photography. Thus, photography came very easy to me since I had a good background with the basic physics. When not at work, I loved to explore the great outdoors and I wanted to share this natural beauty with others. I also enjoy teaching others how to improve their photography and there's no better way to do it than practicing the techniques out in the field.

Standing Bears by David Swindler was photo of the day on Friday, 4th March 2016. You can leave a comment below.


4th March 2016 at 4:06 am

Great capture David! Congrats on the image of the day.

Pamela North

4th March 2016 at 5:35 am

Great shot David. Do hope they managed to get away.

4th March 2016 at 6:33 am

Super shot, nice catch!

Anne Egli

4th March 2016 at 6:38 am

What a great picture of these two, and thanks so much for the information to know what was going on. Added a lot to the story. Thanks for sharing.


4th March 2016 at 11:18 am

Honey Photo of a delightful and powerful Bear Duett standing in the gentle Breeze of Alaska. Very Energetic.


4th March 2016 at 11:44 am

You managed to capture a really great shot David and sad about the cubs having to run for their lives..thx for the explanation.


4th March 2016 at 12:23 pm

Addition: When I first looked at the Photo,.I was not aware of the Fact, that the Bears are frightend. Sorry, my first Comment does not fit so good.

4th March 2016 at 7:49 pm

also consider the height of the grasses and flowers. amazing.

4th March 2016 at 9:36 pm

Ironic that today the US Fish & Wildlife “Service” has proposed delisting the griz!

Laura Milholland

5th March 2016 at 4:25 am

Wow! Absolutely fabulous shot.

18th March 2016 at 1:38 pm

Lovely character shot, I hope these two survived.

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