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Michael Quinton has always wanted to be an eyewitness to the wildlife of the North American wilderness. He was inspired to become a photographer by earlier twentieth century naturalist photographers and after looking through the National Geographic magazines in his grandmother's pantry.

Michael Quinton's interest in stalking free-roaming grizzlies with a camera grew into an incurable desire to be in grizzly country. Each spring refreshes his urge to braid his tracks with those of the mountain grizzly. Equipped with powerful lenses and a learned respect for these dangerous and endangered bears, he is content to watch the bears from a distance, and, when the chance offers itself, to capture a moment in their lives.

Michael considers himself a naturalist first, and a photographer second. He has spent much of his career photographing the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. He and his family now live in Alaska's interior on the northwestern edge of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

In Alaska Michael has photographed the boreal forest wildlife communities, tundra species of birds, mammals, fish, and smaller life forms and freshwater species of fish from the small dolly vardin to the big Chinook salmon.

"I am lucky to be doing what I love and being able to share what I see with my photographs is a dream come true."
Common Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) feeding on Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) in spring, Alaska
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00160133 Common Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) feeding on Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) in spring, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) feeding on Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) flowers in spring, Alaska
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00160733 Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) feeding on Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) flowers in spring, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) on snow, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00462497 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) on snow, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) portrait, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00476200 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) portrait, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) with Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00476201 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) with Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Broad Buckler-fern (Dryopteris dilatata) fronds, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00530797 Broad Buckler-fern (Dryopteris dilatata) fronds, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Alaskan Moose (Alces alces gigas) feeding mother and calf in water, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00530756 Alaskan Moose (Alces alces gigas) feeding mother and calf in water, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) pup, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00530769 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) pup, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms, highly poisonous, Yukon, Canada  -  Michael Quinton
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00530802 Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms, highly poisonous, Yukon, Canada© Michael Quinton
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris), Alaska
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00551552 Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) in nest cavity, Alaska
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00551566 Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) in nest cavity, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis), Alaska
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00556436 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) with camouflaged winter plumage in snow burrow, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160050 Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) with camouflaged winter plumage in snow burrow, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) kitten, resting on a log in the summer, Idaho  -  Michael Quinton
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00160130 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) kitten, resting on a log in the summer, Idaho© Michael Quinton
Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) feeding on berries in fall, Alaska
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00160164 Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) feeding on berries in fall, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) trio resting in autumn foliage, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160389 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) trio resting in autumn foliage, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) parent protecting eggs in nest, North America  -  Michael Quinton
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00161028 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) parent protecting eggs in nest, North America© Michael Quinton
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking in snow, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00482530 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking in snow, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram, lamb, and ewe, Yukon Territory, Canada
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00572988 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram, lamb, and ewe, Yukon Territory, Canada© Michael Quinton
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) pair running in snow, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00517899 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) pair running in snow, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Crab Spider (Diaea dorsata) camouflaged on yellow flower, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00446149 Crab Spider (Diaea dorsata) camouflaged on yellow flower, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) flock, Kodiak Island, Alaska  -  Michael S. Quinton/ NatGeo Image Col.
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00533577 Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) flock, Kodiak Island, Alaska© Michael S. Quinton/ NatGeo Image Col.
Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) on snow, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00462490 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) on snow, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) parent with owlets in nest cavity at top of snag, Idaho
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00160041 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) parent with owlets in nest cavity at top of snag, Idaho© Michael Quinton
Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) in winter plumage, Alaska
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00160051 Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) in winter plumage, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) hunting Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) in winter, Idaho. Sequence 3 of 4
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00160121 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) hunting Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) in winter, Idaho. Sequence 3 of 4© Michael Quinton
Yellowstone fire, burning forest, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Michael Quinton
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00160184 Yellowstone fire, burning forest, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Michael Quinton
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) on mushroom, Alaska
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00562905 Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) on mushroom, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) feeding on spring pussy willow, boreal forest, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160426 Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) feeding on spring pussy willow, boreal forest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
American Pika (Ochotona princeps) with twig in mouth, Yukon, Canada  -  Michael Quinton
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00476214 American Pika (Ochotona princeps) with twig in mouth, Yukon, Canada© Michael Quinton
American Beaver (Castor canadensis) feeding on bark and leaves, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160766 American Beaver (Castor canadensis) feeding on bark and leaves, Denali National Park, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) pair on lake, Copper River Delta, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160811 Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) pair on lake, Copper River Delta, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Tundra Vole (Microtus oeconomus) hiding in autumn colored Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) leaves  -  Michael Quinton
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00160828 Tundra Vole (Microtus oeconomus) hiding in autumn colored Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) leaves© Michael Quinton
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) male, perched atop tree, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160900 Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) male, perched atop tree, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) flock resting on mudflats with heads tucked under their wings during spring migration stop-over at the Copper River Delta, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00161015 Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) flock resting on mudflats with heads tucked under their wings during spring migration stop-over at the Copper River Delta, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) male drumming during courtship, North America  -  Michael Quinton
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00161022 Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) male drumming during courtship, North America© Michael Quinton
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) juvenile, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00449857 Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) juvenile, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00523196 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00523217 Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) female and cubs fishing for pink salmon surrounded by scavenging gulls, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00476198 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) female and cubs fishing for pink salmon surrounded by scavenging gulls, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) pair on lake at sunset, North America  -  Michael Quinton
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00161031 Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) pair on lake at sunset, North America© Michael Quinton
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) in wetland, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00525275 Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) in wetland, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) pup nibbling on grass, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00530772 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) pup nibbling on grass, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) coat turning white for winter, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00530775 Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) coat turning white for winter, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) feeding on Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) in winter, Alaska
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00160047 Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) feeding on Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) in winter, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) parent with chicks at nest, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00531608 Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) parent with chicks at nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) on mushroom, Slana, Alaska  -  Michael S. Quinton/ NatGeo Image Col.
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00532749 Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) on mushroom, Slana, Alaska© Michael S. Quinton/ NatGeo Image Col.
Aurora borealis, Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00534482 Aurora borealis, Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris), Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00542139 Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) carrying fecal sac from nest cavity in forest, Alaska
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00573005 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) carrying fecal sac from nest cavity in forest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
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