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How Photographers Effect Wildlife. Part 2, Bear

Bear!

Yep, that exclamation can cause a range of emotions in humans. Bears are big, fast, scary, edible, prized trophies, and complicated. When a photographer shows up in bear territory it also makes for some contemplation in bears - especially when spring bear hunting season is still open.

So let's see what this particular bear is thinking...

"M-m-m! Photographer for lunch again!"

"Armed with a Canon. No problem."

"I'll practice my catlike stealth."

"That's plenty of that. Time to close in."

"Uh-oh, now I remember. The last photographer I ate gave me indigestion bad. All those additives and preservatives made me see spots. And I got a memory card stuck in my teeth."

"You're off the hook this time, Photographer. Let this be a lesson to you."

Relieved to be intact,

Alaska Beachcomber

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 Hey Folks,

After several people wrote in with concerns I feel that I should add a little P.S. on this post. It’s a story. (The “M-m-m, Photographer for lunch again!” line is supposed to set it up as somewhat silly.) While bears can be dangerous, this one never acted in a threatening way. I interrupted the bear’s backscratch-on-a-tree session. Despite that rude behavior on my part, the bear was polite, curious, and cautious. I was using a long lens, but the bear was concerned, so I was in it’s space - a mistake on my part.

A page on my other website about bear safety:

Hiking in Bear Country on VisitPOW.com

And thanks for the fun comments!! Keep ‘em coming!

Baby Squirrels Mobbed My Foot

Did you ever have the feeling that something is crawling up your leg? Now I've been working really hard on the boat, my work boots and jeans are getting pretty nasty, and I might be a little tired, but really....it feels like little squirrels are climbing up my jeans. It's my imagination, right?

Okay, here's the real deal. That man that I'm totally in love with glanced across Dad's lot and saw a little cluster of critters scurrying about. I ambled on over to see what was up, confident that whatever animals they were, they would surely split the scene before I got within phone camera range. Yeah, sorry about the image quality.

About the time I figured out that they were a troupe of baby squirrels they spotted me and dashed right over to compete in the denim tree climbing contest.

Then the little guys decided to play King of the Boot for awhile.

Just so I wouldn't think that I was so very special, they mobbed my guy's feet, too.

Friends came over to see what was up with the little guys. The youngsters were fine with two more pairs of feet to explore. They played happily while we stood around chatting.

Enjoy the video!

Cuteness in a five-pack!

Alaska Beachcomber

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