Location & Date: Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone National Park | July, 2011
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D300 w/ Nikon 80-200 at 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
I have many special memories with Scarface, the most iconic grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, but this image reminds me of a moment I hold close to my heart. You see, I never brought anyone to Yellowstone with me over the years I visited with my family. Never a friend or girlfriend. So when I asked Jill to join me on an adventure, it was a big leap of faith for us both. On one of her first days in the park, we were driving over Dunraven Pass, a favourite haunt of old Scarface, only to find him wandering through the downed trees. A few people were stopped and though one person got way too close (license plate was reported), Scarface was his usual tolerant self and crossed right in front of our car, giving Jill a remarkable first view. She fell in love with my old friend instantly and I knew I had met my match in Jill. I only took two shots during that encounter, this being one of them, but that’s all I need to bring back an important memory.