With all that said, we donned our hip waders, as part of our landing would be wet, and boarded the two awaiting deHavilland Otters and began our one and a half hour flight to Katmai National Park and Reserve. After landing in Geographic Harbor, we transferred to a skiff and then waded to shore. We immediately began seeing bears who were down on the beach using their huge paws to dig clams. We began our slow- pod like- walk, talking and marveling all along the way. Twenty relative strangers walking in unison and already amazed at the wonders around us. After 1/4 mile we reached the river banks and were told to quickly spread out and find a spot.We had been given, as we left the skiff, small canvas backed ground seats that would support our backs for the many hours we photographed the bears. We were instructed to keep our backpacks, etc behind us. Here we would sit for the next hours and marvel as these great creatures went about the business of preparing for the winter months. These photographs were taken with my 100- 300mm zoom lens, but there were a number of occasions when the bears walked too close for the lens to focus. On one occurrence, a sow and her cub passed no more than four feet in front of me.