The children’s book I collaborated on with Debbie Miller, Grizzly Bears of Alaska, was released in late March and has sold out of the hard copy (although I have a few left). With the good reception of that book, we are working on another idea that I’m not free to share at the moment, but it would be in a similar format. It was a fun project and during the process it took me back in time through many encounters with bears in the wild. I’ve had a lot of fun photographing them over the years. They are a majestic animal, and their presence in the wilderness generates mixed feelings for me. While I’ve never had a negative encounter with a bear, the possibility always exists and one needs to take methodical, necessary precautions when traveling in their habitat. In most, although not all circumstances, I use Canon’s super telephoto lenses when photographing bears. Focal ranges from 500-1000mm is common.
Here are a few screen shots from the book.
Explore the Wild World of Bears
Debbie S. Miller and Patrick J. Endres
11 x 8-1/2 | 32 pages | ISBN: 9781570619489
Some reviews of the book:
Grizzly Bears of Alaska celebrates these giants with fascinating facts and vivid photos by one of Alaska’s most prominently published nature photographers.
This colorful, well-focused volume offers an excellent pictorial introduction to Alaskan grizzly bears along with information about their habitat, physical features, foods, and behaviors, with particular emphasis on mother grizzlies raising cubs. A typical double-page spread includes a few paragraphs of clearly written text on a single subject, illustrated with one or more color photos of remarkable clarity. These pictures offer exceptionally fine views of Alaskan grizzlies in the wild . . . A useful, visually appealing introduction to the subject.
Rich, colorful photographs and descriptive narrative text showcase the world of Alaska’s grizzly bears. While some attention is given to brown bears and other critters that call Alaska home, this book is primarily about the features, habitats, and behaviors of the grizzlies. The author provides details about their physical traits, from varying fur colors to the nature of their nasal cavities, and examines the relationship between those characteristics and the bears’ environment and eating habits. Much focus is given to baby cubs and their mothers, and Alaska’s Denali and Katmai National Parks are mentioned. Headings like “A Magnificent Creature,” “Can’t Catch Me!” and “Who’s Hungry?” and boldface words throughout the book will assist those looking for informational text features, and discussion questions and extension activities are listed in the back.
School Library Journal