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Photo of the Week 170

Photo of the Week 170 Hello again photography fans.  It's another Friday and I bet you've been looking forward to something.  That something is our weekly featured "Photo of the Week."  Well, we won't keep you in suspense any longer.  This week, we've got a special wildlife photo for you to enjoy.

Sometimes we can get some of the best nature and wildlife photography in some of the most unexpected places.  Since much of the more interesting wildlife is more seclusive, it can be difficult to find them in the wild.  This is why zoos are so particularly great for certain kinds of photography.

The Pocatello Zoo is not someplace which you often consider going to if you live around here.  It only exhibits local species.  This means that if it doesn't live around here but you want to see it, you must go elsewhere.  If it does live around here, then you may be in luck.

The grizzly bear is one of the apex predators of this area.  It's well known for being ferocious in addition to raiding human food when it can.  I have no interest in chasing wild grizzly bears where there's a possible risk to my own physical safety.  This leaves seeing this amazing animal in zoos.

We did just that one day when the Pocatello Zoo was sponsoring a free entrance day for the community.  It gave us a chance to check out some of the updates which they had made in recent years.  One such update was to the grizzly bear exhibit.

Once we got to some of the larger predators, they weren't anywhere to be seen in their pens.  This was a bit disappointing.  However, the main feature of the bear was in full display.  There were no less than 2 grizzlies which were in full view just roaming around in their pen.  The crowd got a great view of these animals.

One decided that he wanted to sit down and pose for a while.  I took the chance to get a photo of the bear in its natural habitat, or at least as close to it as I could get at a zoo.  Focusing through the thick protective glass was a bit of a trick since the camera will naturally focus on the glass in front and not the subject I want it to without help.

With this photo taken and done, it was time to move on and enjoy some more of the exhibits.  It was worth the visit that day for this beautiful shot.  It was one of those rare times when I could take a successful wildlife photograph and be proud of it.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of a grizzly bear leaning on a tree stump in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho