#MomentofChill 12.18.19: Brown-Bear Pool Party

Today’s #momentofchill is from Cory Luoma of Fly Out Media, featuring some Alaskan brown bears enjoying a dip on a sunny day. Notice the sockeye salmon breaking the surface in the foreground, and don’t you wish you could be as mellow as that seagull?

The Copper River flows into Lake Iliamna from the south, through a beautiful valley lined with cottonwoods, spruce, and birches. Famous among anglers for its trophy rainbow trout, the river hosts an annual run of hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon, which bring the bears and the seagulls to the river. Without these salmon, the entire ecosystem would collapse, which is why anglers and biologists oppose the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be built in this watershed.

We believe in the power of nature to replenish our spirit and restore balance to our lives. That’s why, each day from today through Christmas Day, we will post a “Moment of Chill”—a short video that will transport you to a place where you don’t have to do anything but watch, enjoy, and breathe.

And if you’re having a rough day and feel the need for some new chill NOW, visit the Moment of Chill homepage.

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