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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Bears

I've talked about how we have bears here before, right?

I haven't been able to get pictures of them yet though to show you any proof. Of course I am sure you believed me but when we were at camp this week I was able to catch some pictures of bears while we were there.

You can see there is water between us. The river though is not very wide at this point or very high either. I was standing on the porch when taking this picture as I had no desire to bring the bears attention to me to much but there weren't very far away. I was anxious to make sure I got the picture didn't zoom in very well.

I got a little closer on this one and was near the bank of the river when I took it's picture. I was a little more comfortable since this one wasn't looking straight at me.


Kelly, his brother and a friend of ours had an even closer encounter with a bear though. They were waiting for one of the skiffs to come back to get them and the bags since they had a big load. While they were waiting they kept hearing something close by but didn't have their flashlights out to see around them real well. Their friend was getting pretty nervous but Kelly always the tough guy wasn't acting to worried about it. Apparently he was making jokes to their friend saying that he didn't need to worry he just needed to run faster then his brother. Nice guy right? Anyway when the person driving the skiff came back and flashed the headlights they could finally see the bear. It was standing less then 15 feet from them! They were very anxious to get into the skiff!

11 people had something to say:

kitten said...

I bet it was awesome, but scary at the same time taking the pictures.

Heather K said...

yikes!! that would be pretty scary!! better Kelly than me!! I would have been swimming out to meet the skiff!

ChrisB said...

You got some good photos a bit too close for comfort if I'd been Kelly!

giants fan said...

I would have had a heart attack!!!! that is so scary!!

Junebug said...

When we visited the Yukon we saw a little bear from the bus. The bus driver stopped so we could take pictures. I can't imagine being so close as you were.

Peter said...

I guess those "bear necessities of life" - always wise to let the 'zoom' be brave - rather than oneself.

As for Kelly - just goes to show - I think his opticians appointment -should be brought forward .

Luv the photo's

Pamela said...

I guess I'd want to know what kind of bear it was...
or maybe I wouldn't.

Steffi said...

I love all your pics of the nice nature in Alaska!
It must be great to live there and much better as in such big city like me!

Wendy said...

WOW! How crazy is that???

Faith said...

Although I'm on the other side of the continent from Alaska, bears have now been spotted in the suburb in which I live. My backyard is woods, so we have the typical raccoon, oppossum, skunk, and deer. We also have fox and coyote. And wild turkeys and blue heron. Over a century ago, the last wolf, bear, and mountain lion were killed, eliminated from our ecosystem. But they're coming back...! Not sure I'm keen on running into a bear in my backyard!!!

elena jane said...

great photos, but a little too close for my comfort!! i know i don't have to tell you to BE SAFE!! ;)
the most we get are deer and foxes!! we're SO boring ;-)