American wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen has photographed some of the world’s most amazing images of grizzly bears. He has documented almost every aspect of grizzly bear #399 – the most popular mother bear in the world.
His book titled Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek is about “the extraordinary life and death celebration of famous Grizzly 399.” Though she was Mangelsen’s favorite bear, there was another bear who has caught his attention. She was nicknamed Blondie, inspired by the wheat-color hair around her adorable face. Mangelsen considered her to be the most beautiful bear he has ever seen.
The photographer named his image of Blondie as Eyes of the Grizzly because to him, her eyes tell her story.
“Her eyes tell you a lot about her personality, I think, and her character and her beauty,” he said during the interview on CBS News’ 60 Minutes. Eyes of the Grizzly has earned praise as one of Mangelsen’s most visually impactful photographs.
In addition to grizzly bears, the photographer also captures the beauty of other incredible wild animals such as lions, leopards, gorillas, tigers and polar bears.