chris_norcott500 Living just outside the Great Smoky Mountains NP, Chris travels throughout the country photographing wildlife, landscapes, and of course his favorite subject,€“ bears.

Chris is an expert on bear behavior and at tracking wild bears in the forest. Chris’ first close encounter with a family of black bears took place in North Georgia. Much to his surprise the bears were just as fearful of Chris as he was of them. From that moment forward he wanted to learn more about bears. After studying and learning how to track bears and identify their signs in the forest first-hand, he set out to capture their behavior with a camera and share those images with others. Through his photography Chris illustrates his passion for capturing their journey, because in reality, their journey is not that much different from our own. Black bears are gentle, timid creatures, but they do have their rules of etiquette, which we need to learn and understand in order to peacefully coexist with them.

Some of Chris’ favorite places to explore and photograph are Great Smoky Mountains NP, New England, Everglades NP, Yellowstone NP, and Alaska. His work has been published and used for wildlife conservations efforts. He also gives lectures and presentations on black bears.  He is frequently requested to give statements in regards to bear behavior from different sources in the media.

Chris offers both group and individual landscape and nature photography workshops and tours.