What a surprise, an email from a National Park inquiring about one of my images!

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We are interested in using a photo of a female grizzly with cubs you have posted under a section on bear jams at Grand Teton. The photo would be part of a new exhibit in the Many Glacier valley about wildlife viewing and animal learning processes. The photo would be slightly cropped and would be 24 inches wide on the panel. The photo is perfect for this project that aims at educating visitors to the park about this intense wildlife corridor and the pressures associated with a lot of people and animals sharing the same narrow valley. I appreciate your consideration.

mark_wagner@nps.gov

Glacier National Park

I myself would never have given a second thought, quality wise, to the image in question.

grizzly w. cubs in Tetons

But of course I said ‘yes.’  I even sent them a second image to choose from, as it captures a wider view of cars and bears and may therefore better illustrate their intended theme.

grizzly w. cubs in Tetons

I’m just glad they didn’t ask to buy it.  That would give me a migraine as I don’t have a lick of business sense, and ain’t got no desire to learn.

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27 thoughts on “A Surprise Request

  1. I’m so pleased for you, John. You have a nice touch with nature photography and I think it’s wonderful that so many people will be able to enjoy your work. The mama and her babies are so dear…really fabulous photographs. Congratulations and cheers!

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  2. Ha! Love that photo!! Congrats on the WELL deserved recognition!!
    You have a deep well of photos that deserve to be displayed in a myriad of locations both public and private.
    Yes, not selling or evening getting a fee is MUCH simpler!!!

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  3. It’s fabulous!!! Super bear pictures, my first thought was don’t get between momma and them babies.
    The photographs you’ve taken in Yellowstone of your bears and your wolves and your eagles and your bison and your owls are all so incredibly fine. Bravo, what a great feeling this must be. Couldn’t be more pleased for you. And they may want the rights and offer to buy, so go browsing the internet and see what the price range is. And ask for attribution.

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      • Rights: they own the image and can reproduce or use it in any way they choose, as in T shirts, broshures, calendars, posters, packaged Tasty Yellowstone Bear Treats, etc.
        Right now you have the ‘rights’ which, your property, you can choose to keep, pass on to someone else for profit, or not.
        Attribution: Your name attached in perpetuity or briefly, to the art work.
        Professor.
        I actually, ah NYC, had three lawyers practically on retainer in those years. One of them handled intellectual property. Wish I’d been smarter.

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  4. That is about as cool as cool can be, and it ought to get the point across about people leaving the bears alone. It’s o.k. to look, and that should be it. One of the most delightful experiences I had in the past 20 years was driving down old Hwy US 19, down on the way to NASA, but taking back roads like, and there in the ditch digging out all the huckleberries were two cubs and Mamma bear. Luckily there was no traffic either way, and I just got to sit and watch. At some point, Mamma noticed I was there, and reared up. That’s when I drove off, slowly and quietly, but going away for certain. They are, in my mind, holy creatures, and to be respected as such. Saw all the relics of all the old reptile viewing places down that way, too, all closed up, and the little cheap motels that made it possible for folks like us to go to Miami and back when I was ten years old, 60 years ago.

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    • The backstory to this particular sow in the Tetons, famous and well-known to photographers, is that she chooses every year to raise her cubs near the road. That’s because wolves and grizzly males are more afraid of people than she is, and thus her cubs are “safe”. She has learned to tolerate people as the lesser of two evils.

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  5. What a thrill it must be and I can very much relate to the issue of not messing with the financial transactions…. in some perverse way that would take all the fun out of the endeavor. Way to go, John!!!

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  6. Congratulations! I didn’t know a bear could have THREE cubs! I empathize with not wanting anything to do with the business side (being totally inept in that department!). I have also given away pictures and never gotten so much as a thank you. One should have an agent! Haha!

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    • There are two famous grizzlies in the Tetons, #399 and her adult daughter #610. At times they have both produced three cubs. In 2011 when I was there and took these pictures, they both had two cubs, but amazingly one of the cubs abandoned her mother and went to live with the grandmother, giving her three cubs total. (They live in adjacent territories.) This year the two families are sometimes scrapping over the same food. See video:

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