This brown bear photograph was taken practically in no-man’s land, between Finland and Russia. I remember it well, particularly when I was walking to the hide. I was running a gauntlet of mosquitoes, which practically ate me alive, even with all the layers I was wearing - and it was the summer. The hide I had chosen was also infested with the largest ants I had ever seen, so you can imagine it was a very itchy situation.
It was early in the bear season and the cotton-grass had just come out. This bear was fairly relaxed and took a rest in the swampy field.
I was lucky enough to have borrowed a Canon 200-400mm F4, which proved amazing for taking pictures of the bears. The bear wasn’t around for long, as a larger male came along and scared him off.