Brown Bears, Alaska

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

It’s the world’s most common eye color and the shade of both a beloved confection and a drink that starts the day all over the globe. Whether we find it in the clothes we wear, the animals we love, or the trees we climb, brown complements a colorful life.

Here, brown bears wait for sockeye salmon to jump at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. Fish in the park sustain a sizable number of bears—up to 2,000.

(For more pictures of the amazing colors of our world, buy the National Geographic book Life in Color.)