On my 3rd morning in Glacier National Park I woke up at 4am and saw a few stars peaking out from the clouds. Hopes started to run high for sunrirse. Mama Nature was right on queue for my thoughts because within a blink of an eye she made those clouds disappear completely.

It's a good thing we're not quitters because just as quickly as the clouds disappeared they came back and positioned themselves perfectly in the mountains. When the sun rose above the horizon it lit the entire scene in a beautiful orange glow. Everything came together perfectly: the glow in the branches, the S-curve in the river, and the illuminated mountains all made for the perfect scene to wake up to. And let me tell you -- we had quite the "wake your tuchas up" moment ...

While snapping away I noticed something move in the background. "Oh hey, look ... a bear" I thought to myself. About 2 seconds later I realized what I just said in my head: BEAR!!!!!!!! GRIZZLY BEAR! About 40 feet away! When the bear realized who we were it too freaked out and galloped off. My previous 2 photos had picked up the bear! Can you find the bear here?

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/16, 1/4 sec, ISO 100

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