Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 05/31/2014

Photo taken on May 15, 2014

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Rocky Mountains
Canadian Rockies
Black Bear
Ursus americanus
Anne Elliott
W of Calgary
medium-sized bear
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A quick glance in our direction

A quick glance in our direction
This particular Black Bear gave us a great chance for some photos. Even from the safety of the car, though, I still found my feelings changed when the Bear turned from slowly walking parallel to the road, to taking a step or two towards us. It was just a brief moment, and the Bear showed no interest in us at all.

I'll add here that I use 48x zoom on so many of my photos (probably most), no matter what the subject, from butterfly to bird - and especially Bears! Like the typical Black Bear that we might be lucky enough to come across, this one was just busy eating and checking out what was growing around it that looked good to eat (i.e. grasses, roots, not people., ha). My photos are taken from the safety of the car and the bears look much closer than they really were. Friends, Cathy and Terry, and I, don't stay for more than a short while, watching very carefully, to make sure that the animal shows absolutely no sign of discomfort or stress. The Bears we do see just slowly walk on by, feeding as they go, and don't attempt to approach the vehicle. One bear was so totally relaxed that it decided to have a quick roll in a large puddle not far from the edge of the road! It lay right down on its side and seemed to be enjoying the coolness of the water. Daytime temperatures of these two days were much warmer than we'd had in about eight months. The sun shone most of the time and we couldn't have had better weather.

Can't remember if it was the very first bear we spotted, we were of course thrilled at the distant sighting. And then, to our horror, we saw a photographer walking towards the bear, that was walking towards him!! The guy had parked in a small pull-off and was some distance from his vehicle. I'm still shaking my head that someone would do such a foolish thing. So unfair to the bear, too, as it's almost always the animal that pays the price (i.e. having to be destroyed), if an attack takes place.

Over the two days, we had 7 bear sightings, with three definitely different Black Bears (no Grizzlies), and possibly four. The rest of the sightings were of Bears we had already seen.

We had left Calgary early morning on Wednesday (14 May 2014) and I think it was around 12:15 a.m. midnight (Thursday, 15 May 2014), that my friends dropped me off at home after two long, wonderful days in the Rocky Mountains, west of the city. Wednesday night was spent in a spotless motel, in a place that had so many Mountain Sheep roaming the streets, lol! Though we were hoping to see at least one Bear, I was (as always) happy as can be to see absolutely anything beautiful : )

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Janano -
Janano -
It's a terrific shot Anne . I'm so pleased you were out of immediate danger though.
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
It's a very good shot! I'm glad for you that you were quite far away from the bear and that you have such good zoom on your camera! :)
4 years ago.