Itís not that bears are unpredictable,í say the experts, Ďitís just that few people understand themí. Yet brown bears exhibit many characteristics with which we humans can identify: they have an underlying gentleness balanced by the ability, when necessary, turn into mighty warriors.
Brown bears are found throughout the northern part of the northern hemisphere, across Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, Canada and the northern United States, as well as sporadically in parts of southern Europe. But perhaps the best known individuals are the highly skilled salmon-hunters of Alaska, who sit patiently by a waterfall and wait for the fish almost to leap into their mighty paws.
Wildlife photographer Chris Weston has documented their lives, from the moment they emerge from their motherís den, through the danger-ridden early years when she helps them to avoid predators and teaches them which foods are good to eat and which are better avoided, to adulthood, mating and parenthood. The result is a visually stunning, informative and affectionate portrait of these mesmerising creatures.
Chris Weston is a wildlife photojournalist specializing in large mammal species. Since turning professional in 1998 his work has featured regularly in the photographic press and in several international books. He is also an experienced author having published fifteen titles to date.
His interest in the environment was the catalyst for his leaning towards ecology-based wildlife photography, in particular documenting the behaviour and habits of his subjects. In 2003 he received Affiliate Membership of the distinguished eco society