176 pages, 125 colour photos
A fascinating journey through an entire year in the life of North America's great bears - the black bear, the brown bear and the polar bear. Beginning in February when the bears first wake from hibernation and give birth, we watch these magnificent animals hunt, feed, play, mate and breed until the return of winter, when the need to hibernate begins the cycle again.
"That Breiter is a biologist as well as an accomplished photographer is clear. Here, he takes you closer to the bears of North America than I would otherwise have dared without him [...] Reaching the end of the book, I realised that I had entered the North American bear's world with a wonderful guide and mentor."
– BBC Wildlife (Jan 2008)
"the book is unobtrusive but sometimes frustrating, with some disappointing photographs that are occasionally grainy and out of focus"
– Outdoor photography
"Award-winning biologist and wildlife photographer Matthias Breiter chronicles the story of the mother brown bear [...] Through his excellent pictures, bears are seen as survival specialists. From the icy wastes of the Artic, where the polar bear rules supreme, to the surburban haunts of America's black bears, these intelligent, inquisitive creatures are adept at eking out a living."
– Sunday Express (16th Dec 2007)
"Matthias Breiter's devotion to his subjects is clear. Follow three species of bears for an entire year, as they emerge bleary-eyed from hibernation, fish for salmon or meet woodpeckers while climbing trees – a gorgeous chronicle of bear life."
– Wanderlust (Feb 2008)
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Matthias Breiter is an author, cinematographer and wildlifephotographer. Matthias Breiter's award-winning naturephotographs have appeared in National Geographic, GEO and numerous magazines.He holds an advanced degree in biology and is completinghis doctorate on bears. The author of nine books that have beentranslated into seven languages, he has appeared as a guest lecturer atthe Smithsonian Institution.