While I've been looking back on my two decades of epic adventures in Southeast Alaska I have focussed on kayaking with humpback whales, but I also had many encounters with the terrestrial wildlife and have many bear stories. This was one of my earliest and most memorable close encounters with an Alaskan brown bear, the largest land carnivore on earth, while I was still learning how to behave around them. This was a very important learning experience because it charged me! I was up in Windfall Harbour on Admiralty Island, which has the highest density of brown bears in North America - an estimated 1600 at about one per square mile - and was photographing this juvenile chasing salmon in the braided channels of the river, but I was getting too close. The people who are most familiar with my life, including my Alaskan girlfriend then who was still on our anchored boat, know that I have little sense of personal safety, which is why I'm usually alone haha. I was clicking away and then I realised that it was no longer chasing after salmon but charging in my direction, and this was the last photo that I took before I realised that I had to respond to the impending danger. It's very easy to be detached from reality when looking through the viewfinder of a camera with only one thing on your mind. When I lowered my camera my gut defence instincts kicked in and I stood my ground in a defensive posture, pointed at it and bellowed at it to GO BACK!!!! I was always capable of a good blast and the surrounding mountains amplified it to a thunderous level. I knew that running was pointless, and a show of weakness and submission - I had to assert my authority, even if it was a bluff, and to my huge relief it worked because the bear slammed on the brakes, snarled at me and then turned around and bolted back through the tall grass. Phew!!! My heart was pounding and my eyes bulging, and after taking a deep breath of relief I was able to laugh at what had just happened. When I got back to the boat I said to my girlfriend, "You'll never guess what just happened to me".