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Thursday, October 20, 2011

BEAR!

 You may recall that when we drove up to the entrance to Glacier National Park the ranger lady welcomed us then tacked on "Now you know you are too big to drive all the way through the park." No we didn't and I'll not go into all that transpired afterward. We decided to make the best of it and drove as far as we could to Avalanche Lake, 18 miles in where there was the established big vehicle turn around.
On our way back we putzed along stopping at every turnout trying to make the most out of an otherwise unpleasant situation. Then at one stop, while I was waiting for this guy to get out of the way so I could get my prize winning photograph of Lake McDonald with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, his partner casually remarked "Hey, here comes a bear." Sure enough, there was a black bear wandering along the shoreline in our direction. I ran back to the Little House on the Highway to get my wife's zoom telephoto lens for her and my movie making camera. I got back just in time to snap this...
...then started filming. This video is long at 4 1/2 minutes but hey, we may never see another bear again. It took over 30 years of traveling for my wife to finally see her first bear in the wild, this one. You will be able to watch him meander on along the shore foraging for whatever he can find to fatten himself up for winter. At the end you will be able to see the zooming ability of my new camera as I pull back. Pretty impressive. Anyway had we been able to drive through as we had planned, we would have missed this wonderful encounter. Glacier N.P. delivered.

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had time to get your camera and lens! I agree with you, everytime I see a different animal in the wild I get so excited! :)
    I couldn't watch the video, there's a message: "This is a private video".

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  2. Thanks for sharing this cool video (I wouldn't mind if it was longer), that big guy is so gorgeous!

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  3. i love the way he or she just sits down and pulls the branches to it. and its coat looks really thick and healthy. nice!!!

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  4. Wow! John what a beautiful bear to see in the wild.. Your video is fantastic and a wonderful way to share such a moment.. I have viewed it twice before writing this comment, you both must be so delighted your camper is a biggun.
    Take care and keep sharing your wonderful trip.

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  5. isn't he cool, walking along there! it blows my mind that they're so used to people watching them...

    love that water... I just wanna run & jump in! LoL! =)

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  6. WOW! WOW! WOW!

    (or should I say)

    ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!

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  7. well I guess GNP most certainly did deliver for you. funny how things turn out, isn't it? what a beautiful, fascinating creature to watch, padding along like that. I've never seen a bear, except stuffed ones in bars in the great north woods of Wisconsin. plenty of them there, and it's a crying shame that anyone would ever shoot one. fantastic video John. happy day to you and Sinbad.

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  8. Lucky you, that would really be some to see.

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  9. What a beautiful animal and setting!

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  10. Nicely done John, I spent three weeks actively trying to film bears up in Alberta and the closest I got was some steaming droppings.

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  11. Wow, he just lumbers along like you people are not even there. Great video.

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  12. Terrific shot and video! I've "bumped" into a bear or two on visits to Glacier, but it was before my camera days -- too busy keeping kids out of the bears way anyway!

    Sylvia

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  13. This is one great video. I watched every second of it amazed at how slowly and methodically the bear went about his business. Glad you as far away as you were. I do not think I would have been filming..I am to scared of them. Thanks for the movie. genie

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  14. Wonderful video, your camera did a wonderful job zooming in, what kind is it. The video itself is crystal clear. How exciting to see the bear!

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