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Close Encounters Of The Furred Kind. October 26, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

[I just changed the post title – don’t know how I came so close and didn’t see that one!]

Took a walk today, out to the Raycroft Overlook, of course with camera in tow.

Well a hundred yards from the van, I heard something in the woods to my left, and stopped.

There it was – a big ol’ bear.  Evident only as patches of black appearing and disappearing in the thick brush to my left:

That black patch in the middle of the photo is the bear.

Yeah, I know, that’s feeble.  I thought of trying to sneak up on him, but then I remembered what Momma done tol’ me.

So I watched it from fifty feet away for about fifteen minutes, ’till the wind shifted and he caught my scent:

He stood up, snuffled the air for a bit, then ambled off down over the drop.  I thought about following him, for about two point three seconds.  But I chose life.


1. DCup - October 26, 2008

That’s very cool! I’m glad you thought better of pursuit.

2. Sylvia Kirkwood - October 26, 2008

You’ve made my day again! I agree with DCup, glad you thought better of pursuit. Great photos!

3. Jennifer - October 27, 2008

Very cool. Glad you’ve (still) got a good head on your shoulders.

4. Bobbie - October 27, 2008

I’m glad you chose life. But what a neat encounter.

5. Not Fainthearted - October 27, 2008

WordPress isn’t serving up the photos this morning. 😦

BUT, I’ll use my ‘magination…or come back later after WP has had some coffee and worked out whatever Monday issues it’s having.

6. sherry - October 27, 2008

wise man.

7. littlebangtheory - October 27, 2008

sherry, you just single handedly doubled the number of times I’ve been told that. 😉

8. The Pagan Sphinx - October 27, 2008

Cute ears.

9. Spartacus - October 27, 2008

Well.. had you followed it for another 1.2 seconds you may have been able to answer definitively the age-old question: does a bear shit in the woods?

10. littlebangtheory - October 27, 2008

I just didn’t want to answer the question,
“Does a bear shit me in the woods?”

11. Ultimate Spawn - October 29, 2008

Wow! Were you as close to him as this picture has led me to believe? I haven’t seen a bear in so long…Let’s get me OUT of this city and back into the rolling hills of the 413, please and thank you! Good catch with the camera.

12. littlebangtheory - October 29, 2008

Yeah, truly fifty or so feet. It’s good that they’re not generally aggressive, not so good that they’re temperamental and unpredictable.

See, a catamount would have eaten me before I ever knew it was there.

I like bears better.

And PS, yes, I too giggled at the cute ears as I was squeezing that one off!

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