Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday my wife and I went on a picnic with two friends in
Kananaskis Country a series of parks covering the foothills
and front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Since Helen and
I have not had a car in the twenty-five years we have been married
it is a treat to leave the city. More on this later. We also
took Shaun and Wendolene our two dogs. I hope to post a series
of pictures from this trip but I wanted to get these pictures
out first to share with our companions.

We had found a lovely spot for lunch by a small creek with a bridge.
We had just finished and had driven a couple hundred years
when we encountered a mother grizzly and her cub eating
berries. They were heading for the picnic area but whether they
bypassing it on the high ground or entered it I have not heard.
A number of the trails were closed due to bears but as far
as I know no one has been hurt recently.

These picture were taken from the car on the other side
of the highway always the best way to photograph
a grizzly. They are a little fuzzy but not wuzzy so here we go.

 "The Grizzly Bear is huge and wild
It has devoured the little child.
The little child is unaware
It has been eaten by the bear".

          The Grizzly Bear
                         Alfred Edward Housman

"Bears are not companions of men, but children of God, and
His charity is broad enough for both... We seek to establish a narrow
line between ourselves and the feathery zeros we dare to call angels,
but ask a partition barrier of infinite width to show the rest of
creation its proper place. Yet bears are made of the same dust as we,
and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters.
A bears days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are
overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and
ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours and was poured from
the same fountain....."

- John Muir


Jan Roseneder said...

I am so happy we didn't share the fate of the little child - thanks for the photos!

Kathiesbirds said...

Wow! Just amazing! In one photo you can almost see hints of panda-like coloration! No Car? Really? Amazing!

Guy said...

Hi jan

Thanks for taking us out it was a great day and seeing the bears was wonderful.


Guy said...

Hi Kathie

I was really surprised at how blond the cub was. Seeing them so closely was a real treat. Not having a car was not a real problem while we lived in the city but now with the cabin we will need wheels. So we bought a Forester on the weekend.


Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! Fantastic shots of the bear!! I've never been close to one in the wild.

Guy said...

Hi Kelly

I really loved seeing the bears and it was also really nice that we had finished our picnic and were back in the car.

All the best.