57 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

    1. Too close! But not on purpose believe me. 50 to 75 feet max.

      I was camping and had just returned to my site after a mornings shooting. I was looking at my maps trying to decide where to go fishing until evening shooting light, and I heard a noise. When I looked up I thought, “Holy Crap!” Who hasn’t heard the stories of how protective a mother bear can be? I was torn between changing from the wide angle lens I had been using, to my 70-200, or getting the hell out of there. You can see which decision I went with ๐Ÿ˜‰ The mother seemed to be un-bothered by my presence and actually went back to sleep not long after this shot. I did keep sending “happy thoughts” to the cubs though. I knew that one sign of distress from them and I was going to get the beating of my life courtesy of mom.

      I can’t stress enough that I would NOT have gotten this close to a mother bear and her cubs on purpose. I also don’t recommend it to others either, for the safety of the bear. Yes I did say safety of the bear. In my opinion, if a person is dumb enough to get too close to a bear, or any other wild animal, just to get a photo, they deserve what they get. But the bear would likely end up paying the ultimate price and be shot. End of sermon!

      1. ๐Ÿ˜€ awww, you are harmless and they knew that!! I agree with you Jeff, it would have been foolish to risk your life for the shot. You were lucky!

        1. Once I realized they were pretty settled I did take a few steps closer. I think the bears were somewhat habituated to people, and very adept at raiding unattended campsites.

          That night was the worst night I’ve ever spent camping though. In certain parts of the White Mountains bears are fairly common, so I’ve always known they are there. I’ve even heard them lurking in the dark waiting to come into a campsite for a free meal. But actually seeing just how close they were, and then hearing them at night while I was trying to go to sleep was a little nerve wracking. The fact I was comping by myself did not help! :-O

    1. Thanks Lucy! It’s an oldy (if you consider 4 years old) but a goody. It is still my favorite dragonfly / damselfly image. And I’ve been trying to top it, or at least equal it, ever since I made it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. I’ll go straight to my favorite: dragonfly / damselfly image. My one comment would be for closer cropping from the top to see if you achieve a little more visible impact of your subjects.

    1. Thank you, and I’m glad you agree. Even though I used to be a hunter, but have since given it up to “hunt” with my camera, the idea that the bear would likely have been shot if I was stupid enough to have gotten too close does not sit well with me at all. Unfortunately too many people would blame the bear in a case like that.

  2. WOW – I just read your encounter with the bear. I was going to ask how you managed that shot. Now, I know. Good job on the photo taking. It’s beautiful. I stopped camping when we had bears rummage through our provisions when we forgot to bring them into our camper. It was at the Grand Canyon. I harrowing experience. They growl preety loud. I left the wilderness behind after that trip.
    Well …. thanks for posting this one. It brought back some interesting memories.
    Toodles,
    Isadora

    1. I’m just the opposite, I can’t wait to go back ๐Ÿ˜€ Of course if my wife comes along this time she wants to rent a cabin instead of staying in our tent. I just can’t figure out why ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you very much, it always makes me happy to receive such a nice compliment.

      The bears were awesome, a little scary being as close as I was, but still awesome. The fact that Mom allowed me to be this close was a wonderful experience.

        1. Since they were right across the stream from my campsite, I think she was just waiting me out and hoping I would leave my food behind when I went out for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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