Back from the land of Bears and Volcanos – Kamchatka

Back from the land of Bears and Volcanos – Kamchatka

I’ve recently returned from a photo-trip to Russia’s far-east. This remote part of this planet is – at least in my opinion – one of the last strongholds of wilderness on our planet. All transport is done by either helicopter or rustic Russian 4×4 trucks and both weather and land can be somewhat a real challenge to get through. However, it is one of the most impressive regions at all and by far the most exclusive place to witness bears diving for salmon! They are not only catching fish in rivers just like anywhere in the northern hemisphere but also literally diving for fish in deep water. Pretty cool. Having worked on a bear project in Europe now for three years, it is interesting to see Russian’s attitude towards bears and observing them from a close distance (sometimes they come up to roughly 3 meters) is one more evidence that bears aren’t aggressive and dangerous animals but rather intelligent beings that can easily live side by side with us…