European Brown Bears
OK, since this is a new blog, there will be some information about some older photographic excursions. In 2009 one of my most inspiring journeys led me and my wife Janine to Finland to see and photograph brown bears.
One of the places to see bears in Finland is the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre (Martinsekosen Eräkeskus in Finnish) at Pirttivaara in the vicinity of Suomussalmi on the eastern border of Finland and very close to Russia: http://www.martinselkosenerakeskus.com/avaussivu_english.htm. The family business offers excellent bear viewing facilities including hides assuring the necessary security measures against nosy bears. Although not cheap by any measure, the place and its services can be recommended.
Accidents with European Brown Bears are relatively rare but one must not forget that this species (Ursus arctos) is exactly the same as the American Grizzly Bear. It’s just that the latter are bigger than their European cousins. The farther you go east on the Eurasian continent, the bigger the bears become and the Kamchatka variety in eastern Russia stands up to its American relatives.
By spending several night in the hides (14-hour stints with entry at 1700 hours or 5 pm and exit at 0700 hours or 7 am) one can be pratically sure to get many occasions for bear pictures in the swamp, at the lake or in the forest.
Early morning male bear
A large male
Frightened bear cubs
Mother with cubs
More pictures at http://hhsiegrist.zenfolio.com/wild_bears