On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

Kuril lake of Kamchatka is the place inhabited by the largest number of bears. Probably no other place in the world has more bears than this one. According to the data of aerial surveys more than a thousand of bears live at the lake! Being here you can easily see more than a hundred of them in one day.

On the Land of Bears

To the left are two inspector’s houses. The big house on the right is the hotel. The green square is a helipad.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

In the center of the photo are Kuril lake and Travyanoy (Grass) cape.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

This is caldera of Uzon volcano. Those stripes are wooden paths, they are placed in dangerous areas close to geysers, for example.

On the Land of Bears

The boards are brought to Kamchatka by helicopter.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

About 8 000 years ago there was a number of volcanic catastrophies on the south of Kamchatka. The erupted mass exceeded the eruption of Krakatau volcano in 1883 seven or eight times. The lava reached both banks of Kamchatka.

A volcanic desert appeared after that in the south of Kamchatka. All living things, which were not able to move to a safe place, were destroyed. Close to the giant gap formed a caldera that began to be slowly filled with water. This is how the lake appeared.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

Ilyinsky volcano stands above the water mirror as large as 77 km2. The maximum depth of the lake is 316 m (1036ft).

This volcano is one of the most beautiful ones and, besides, it has a regular conic shape.

On the Land of Bears

These rocks belong to Samang island.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

They may quarrel sometimes too.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

In the fishing season they eat so much they can hardly move. They already cannot play and soon will go to a den.

On the Land of Bears

Foxes inhabit the place too.

On the Land of Bears

This is the beginning of October in Kamchatka.

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

On the Land of Bears

It’s the helipad before at the sunrise. Have they had a party here?

On the Land of Bears

Sometimes bear families are rather big, this bear mom has five cubs.

On the Land of Bears

They have enough good food here and the territory is protected from poachers.

On the Land of Bears

There is a legend that the creator of Kamchatka, God Kutkhu lived among these white rocks.

On the Land of Bears

It’s Ilyinsky volcano in the fall.

On the Land of Bears

Closer to winter they need neither fish nor berries, they can just stop and fall asleep in any place.

On the Land of Bears

All the photos are taken by a photographer-naturalist Igor Shpilenok.

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6 thoughts on “On the Land of Bears”

  1. That’s very nice place, nice photos ! Hope nobody or a few human being come here (and other shit like Hunters or poachers) and good guard forest or something like that. Thanks for sharing !

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