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5 Years Ago – Bear Necessities

I had hoped to offer some new images this week. I took Monday off from my day job to go do some photography. But instead, I ended up cutting a hole in my bathroom ceiling to evict a pregnant squirrel from my attic. The squirrel is gone, the hole remains, and still have no new images to show (and yes, I do feel bad for the squirrel, I hope she found a new home). So once again I reach into the archives.

Five years ago this month, my family took a trip to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park just south of Tacoma. It was a family outing to show our Chinese exchange student some of the native wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, so I didn’t do a lot of photography, but of course I took the camera along.

I spent a about 15 minutes with a grizzly. Most of the time, it appeared to be asleep, but it did stir for a couple of minutes, which is when I took this series of pictures. I probably would have spent more time there, but the family beckoned.

Northwest Trek is a great place to take some wildlife images. They have a tram ride through a free-roaming area (which the bears are not part of) that can lead to some great images. Occasionally they have special photographer trips on the trams, which occur earlier in the morning and make more stops. Groups of photographers can even arrange for these special tours. I went on one back in my film days with the Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers and would like to go again some day.

When out at Northwest Trek or wherever your photographic adventures might take you,  remember it sometimes helps to keep thing simple and look for the bare necessities in your compositions!

“Look for the bare necessities, The simple bare necessities, Forget about your worries and your strife”  – from the Bare Necessities by Terry Gilkyson from the Disney film The Jungle Book

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4 responses

  1. These are fascinating pictures. You are so brave. It is a pure joy to look at all these picture.

    Beautiful photo work!!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    • Maybe not so brave – the bears are not in the free-roaming area and behind an appropriate barrier. And I did use a 200mm lens with a 1.4x teleconvertor for these images.

      February 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  2. Greast photo’s and story. Laughed about the squirrel…just never know what or when we will have our plans thwarted by some unforeseen event. What did your Chinese friend think of the trip.

    February 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    • Yes, you never know what life will throw at you. Our Chinese friend loved seeing the animals. But what was even better for her was a stop on the way home. We decided to stop at a gun club and let her shoot (at targets not animals of course). I’m not a gun owner, but no body except military and police are gun owners in China. Overall, she said it was a great day.

      February 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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