Sleeping Beauty Grizzly Bear

An Alaskan grizzly bear takes a winter nap. Joseph Classen.

I photographed this grizzly bear on the mainland of Alaska. While it looks like winter, it was actually a rather warm, spring day…by Alaska standards. That bear had been quite active on the morning I photographed it. He was wrestling around with another young bear, eating and chewing on whatever he could find in the area, and having a great time it appeared! Eventually, he just sort of wore himself out and laid down to take a little bear-nap. He rested his head on his hands, struck a very familiar sleep pose, and was out cold. He even started to snore at one point and make funny faces, much like a human who is having crazy dreams.

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