Lens-Artists Challenge #95 – ALL WET

grizzly bear, water, salmon


“All the beauty of this world is wet with the dew of tears.”

Theodor Haecker

As I considered the subject for this week’s challenge, my husband commented that because we live on an island it should be a very simple exercise. Since many of you are still in lockdown however, I challenged myself to use my archives instead. (Rest assured my island images will still appear in the not-too-distant future 🙂.) Having just organized many of my pre-Lightroom images, I chose to highlight a favorite travel memory – a visit with the very wet grizzlies of Alaska’s Brooks Falls.

bear with fish, water


“Nature is cold, wet, hard and unforgiving.”

David Remnick

The bears were extremely active the day we visited, focused intently on the running salmon  (which, crazy as it seems, DO swim upstream). They seemed perfectly at home in the water, finding purchase on small rocks, shore outcroppings and even somehow on the waterfalls themselves. They were also incredibly strong swimmers, which I suppose shouldn’t have surprised me, but did.  It was great fun shooting them as they fished, ate and protected their catch from the lurking birds.

salmon swimming


“You can cross the shore without getting wet, but you can’t get through life without tears.”

Oscar Auliq-Ice

If you’re wondering why the bears are so focused on the water, the image above should give you a better idea. The salmon are incredibly plentiful and are exhausted from their upstream journey. The bears literally catch them in their mouths as they jump to climb the falls. I worked hard to capture that moment but alas it proved impossible. I managed to get the bears trying, the fish swimming, and the bears eating the fish while defending their catch from the birds, but never did get the catch as it happened. 

wet bear swimming


“How very wet this water is.”

C.S. Lewis

The bear above may be the wettest we saw. Most of the bears were solely focused on catching fish. While there’s a chance this one may have been fishing underwater, candidly he looked much more to have simply been enjoying some fun. Then again there’s an old saying about the calm duck paddling furiously under water so who knows?!

bear, water


“If you stand in the rain you get wet, whether you understand water or not.”

Werner Erhard

I’ll close with the image above featuring a bear that seems docile enough. In fact she was a mama bear keeping an intense eye on her young cub. The cub was on the shore and was quite close to a fisherman who had ventured beyond a safe area. Needless to say, had mama decided the man was a threat my money was on the bear! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my departure from the everyday challenges of our COVID-19 world, and that you too have some archived wet images to share. Of course you’re welcome to shoot today’s world as well – maybe you’ve just given your pet a bath, or perhaps the dewdrops on your garden have given you a smile.  You might also choose the colloquial meaning of the term “all wet” meaning mistaken or completely wrong. Whatever comes to mind, we look forward to seeing your choices.

Last week Amy gifted us with her At Home challenge, to which you responded beautifully as always. Have you seen these?

  • Suzy Shipman of Suzy Blue shared her clever garden “bee hotel”
  • Chris Mousseau shared an amazing world of daffodils in his County Gardening post
  • Wendy of Dream on Farm shared her love of the home she and her husband have built over a 10 year period
  • Kelly of Compass and Camera captured a spectacular sunset from her Lake Tahoe home

As we begin to cautiously emerge from lockdown around the country and the world, please remember to continue practicing social distancing and avoiding crowds. Stay safe and if you can, be sure to join us next week when Patti brings us Challenge #96.











265 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #95 – ALL WET

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  5. Since today’s temperature in my town is 33°C / 91°F, with 58% humidity level, there’s nothing else in my mind right now to act like those bears you have captured, in those Alaskan waters 😀

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  9. I’ve seen plenty of National Geographic video of the fishing season by the grizzlies. While most wouldn’t mind a salmon jumping into their mouths, most had to fish the traditional way – get right into the water and stick their head into the water. I am surprised mama grizzly restrained herself with someone so close to her cub. In most cases, it’s a bad outcome. The fisherman, most likely, received a hefty ticket for going into an out-of-bound area.

    • Thanks David, actually she was not restrained at all. She could have taken the guy down in a nanosecond. I’m sure you’re right, the fisherman probably paid a hefty fine, as well he should. We were very thankful it ended without any more serious problems.


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  14. A fabulous series, Tina! I can imagine your excitement as you tried to capture the “catch” and hopefully stay dry yourself. As great as all that action is I do like “Keeping Watch” — my money would be on the bear, too!

    • Thanks Ellen – yes the drama of the mama, the juvie, and the fisherman was quite something to see. There was an armed guard there just in case but fortunately he did not have to take action.

    • Thanks Patti. It was a wonderful adventure. We were observing from a protected area and there were guards everywhere so we felt very comfortable that we were safe.

  15. Wow, what a treat to see the bear catching the salmon and the school of salmon. Fabulous photo, Tina. It’s fascinating to watch the salmon to swim upstream. I watched it once in the Oregon side of Columbia River.

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