Grizzly leftovers

Zack Clothier's Image

Zack decided these bull elk remains were an ideal spot to set a camera trap. Returning to the scene was challenging. Zack bridged gushing meltwater with fallen trees, only to find his setup trashed. This was the last frame captured on the camera.

Grizzlies, a subspecies of brown bears, spend up to seven months in torpor – a light form of hibernation. Emerging in spring, they are hungry and consume a wide variety of food, including mammals.

Behind the lens

Zack Clothier

Zack is a full-time nature photographer specialising in landscapes and wildlife of the American West. He is also an avid outdoorsman and skilled wildlife tracker. His work appeared in many advertising campaigns, publications and exhibitions around the world. When not photographing, Zack can be found backpacking into remote wilderness or fly fishing on a blue-ribbon trout stream in Montana, USA.

Image details

  • Nikon D610
  • 18–35mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 25mm
  • 1/160 sec at f10 (-1.7 e/v)  •   ISO 1000 two Nikon SB-28 flashes self-made camera-trap system
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