How lovely are these photos of the brown bears in Katmai National Park in southern Alaska? The bears, about 2,200 of them, are drawn to the park for the abundant sockeye salmon in Brooks River (fun fact: more bears than people are estimated to live on Alaska Peninsula). As many bear populations around the world decline, Katmai provides some of the few remaining unaltered habitats for these amazing creatures.
Visitors get in on the action (from a safe distance) from a viewing platform at the adjacent Brooks Camp, situated at the mouth of the Brooks River and the shore of Naknek Lake. While you're there, the park also offers stunning spots for kayaking, and the change to see the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, the site of the world's largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, from the air. Meanwhile, here is a link to the Brooks Falls bear cam and more photos by photographer Christoph Strasslër.