Without a doubt .... "The Rarest Bear Photo Ever Captured"
This will be remembered for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it was accidental. My guide for this trip had suggested stopping at a State Park near Newport while he searched the internet for our next shooting location. As he was doing this, he suggested I might want to follow a trail to an overlook that might make for a few memorable shots. This was day two of this trip, and by now I’d learned to simply trust him, so I climbed over the fence (with the no tresspassing sign) and followed the faint trail through the brush, trying to forget his warning not to fall over the cliff edge I was looking for. Fortunately, I found the edge just large enough to set up my tripod and began shooting waves breaking on the large rock near the shoreline. A few minutes later, my guide tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I thought I’d gotten some good shots. For whatever reason, I told him I needed another two or three .... and the one you see here was the second of those three. Often asked if I saw the scene for what it was, I have to answer no, not at the time. I did see it late that night when transferring files from the camera to the laptop, and will forever remember my astonishment that I’d captured what has to be one of the most unique photographs anyone will ever capture.