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Mar 24, 2018 20:22 |  #616

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Got me a Big Horn Sheep 2 day,,,need to spend more time getting varied shots.
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Very nice photo. The habitat really adds to the visual. Well captured.:-)


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Mar 25, 2018 19:13 |  #617

Hers a couple more that I spent a few cards on and time.


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Mar 27, 2018 15:07 as a reply to  @ post 18589354 |  #618

Sorry to hear about your cousin. Such a tragedy. The incident is mentioned in Stephen Herrero's book Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance. Descriptions of the scenario describe them as doing things right. THey suspended their food approximatley 165 feet from camp but a bear broke the branch from which they had hung it. Would human predation by food conditioned black bear really be considered "unpredictable"? What are your thoughts?

If the forum has moved on from this discussion, sorry. Just got back to town and was trying to go back and get caught up.


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Mar 27, 2018 16:26 |  #619

We don't hear many stories of black bears tearing into a tent and devouring a human being,. so yes I'd call that behavior unpredicatable.

The story is also documented in the book "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.


O.T. ish,. a really freaking WEIRD coincidence, my father who like me is a bit of a Bryson fan after books like "A Short History of Nearly Everything" was reading "A Walk in the Woods" some years ago, unaware of the inclusion of Daniels story.

At the time he read that chapter, he was in the guest room of my Aunt and Uncle's house in Quebec,. the room had formerly been Daniels... No b.s. He nearly pissed himself.


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Apr 07, 2018 00:41 |  #620

I had a few close encounters with several gators while in the Everglades last week but most of the time I was at a safe distance. I would be out of the car photographing birds and then realize I had company right beside me..... Scared the life out of me but none of the gators seemed aggressive. However, I didn't stick around long enough to find out.


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Life is hard...but I just take it one photograph at a time.

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Apr 07, 2018 05:55 |  #621

This thread has fascinated me for a while,what kind am I. I like to shoot low get into a subjects head explore it's world.

I feel utterly uncompetent to tackle anything like a Bear ,reading Jake's story is hard/harrowing(my condolences Jake) .

Guys being brought up here in the UK,a tiny island that has had all it's apex predators exterminated by man,I'd feel ill equipped to photograph such beasts. I'm an animal nut I've a fair degree of experience with domestic livestock some large like pigs and and cows mainly birds. So I feel I have some ability to read situations/animals to some level,but I'd feel wholey inadaqute if placed in a situation with for example a bear.

Guys I feel you that if one lives with these animals grows up with them,then one is are learning about them, in a way that one is almost born with a slightly different mindset to someone like me that has no experience to draw upon. As I say i've spent a fair amount of my life working with animals,in some ways I guess that gives me an edge over many of my countrymen,I've spent the whole of my life bumbling about in our fields and woodlands,whiich also gives me an edge. But I don't feel that would really prepare me for a bear or many other big pedators at all,I'd want some serious research/supervision because,I feel I'd endanger myself.

I've seen the post by PCousins,it interests me because I live in striking distance of those boar and make attempts to catch up with them. It's both wonderful and shocking seeing a potentially dangerous wild pig ,running about in our woods,shocking see just how inept the public are how, unaware they are of any potential danger. When photographing them i've tried to show respect keep to a reasonable distance use my knowledge of domestic pigs to keep things good. But having seen a charge and the speed of an old mum pig what is safe is tricky to assimialte. The boar are feral escapees from domesticated stock they seem to be splitting into populations that are very wild and pops that are just like a domestic pigs with little to no fear,folks feed them,it's causing all manner of problems.Folks also walk up to them with dogs,also no idea of what that dog means to a boar. . I have seen a human mother take her small children right up to boar and feed then human sweets,photographers feeding withing yards of a road,folks simply have no idea . Our boar are interesting though because they actually should be here.They are a native unlike so many feal pig pupulstions Our ecosystem is adapted to them,but with no apex predators,things are becoming tense to say the least as their population explodes.


So Jeff I guess I might fall into the screaming like a girl camp with a bear, because I feel I know enough to be aware of how little I really do know. But frankly I know i'm going to get low in front of a boar and try for an image,while at the same time trying to do right by her and give her space,where the line of endangerment is drawn is hard to really say.

I see a huge difference growing up here and our wildlife photography to that of countries' that have apex predators.

So me,I tackle the really dangerous, I shoot fluffy bunnies with big ears, mind you have to watch them they go for the throat if ya give 'em a chance:lol::lol:

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Apr 07, 2018 08:52 as a reply to  @ Sounds's post |  #622

Stu if it weren't for my parents moving to this country in 1952 I think it was, I could be standing beside you shooting in what ever water hole you may be checkout. I wish I had a chance to know the UK but NO...I was born here in the land of plenty. And I'm quite glad of it now as a photographer.

I have grown into my reservations of the ethics of some shooters. I'm 4 or 5 hours from a major city like Toronto and Ottawa. I've kinda come full circle dealing with the silly mentality of crowds getting foolishly close to wildlife I use to spend my time ticked off with the fools and their zoo like approach.

Thats what started this thread. But it has morphed into something else with great story's and tales. This morning started like most of my days here with big game wishing for me to come out and see whats going on. As I was reading your post I turned and did a little phone video of the kitchen door and my front deck.

Its true I do get closer than most when I'm shooting alone, but I refuse to run in a pack of wild humans with cameras. It does cost me some good opportunities but it is what it is.


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Apr 07, 2018 18:42 |  #623

But all that snow, Jeff....... no thanks. Give me whales & dolphins in the tropical waters of Hawaii, please. :-)


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Apr 07, 2018 19:27 |  #624

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But all that snow, Jeff....... no thanks. Give me whales & dolphins in the tropical waters of Hawaii, please. :-)

Maureen I think your really missing out. Some of the worlds greatest creatures live and love the cold.. including Me


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Apr 07, 2018 21:35 as a reply to  @ Pondrader's post |  #625

My 5 days in Yellowstone in February are enough to last me awhile. And I agree with you which is why I pile on the merino wool undergarments, gortex shirts & goose down coat. I am already reserved again for next year


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Apr 07, 2018 23:16 |  #626

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Maureen I think your really missing out. Some of the worlds greatest creatures live and love the cold.. including Me

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That's a great point, Jeff. . And I think that the cold brings much-needed beauty to our habitats, in the form of snow, ice, and frost. . So many scenes in nature can be really beautiful, but for sheer beauty, nothing rivals snow, ice, and frost. . Nothing.

I always get kinda sad around this time of year, because almost all of the snow and ice at low elevations is now gone. So I will have to wait another whole year before I can once again capture the images that I like most - wildlife and birds in snowy, icy, frost-clad surroundings.

I feel like it can never get cold enough to satisfy me; when it's 20 degrees, I wish it was 10 degrees ..... when it is 0 degrees, I wish it was 10 or 20 below zero (Fahrenheit, of course). . The colder it is, the more frost there will be on the vegetation, and I think that photos look best when there is frost or snow on every blade of grass, every twig, etc.

All I really care about in life is how my photos will look, so things like comfort and whatnot, I pretty much just couldn't care less about them. . Everything is all about the photos, all the time, and super-cold weather makes for nicer looking pictures, in my opinion. . So bring on the cold and damn the spring thaw and damn those comfortable balmy days!


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Apr 08, 2018 01:30 |  #627

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That's a great point, Jeff. . And I think that the cold brings much-needed beauty to our habitats, in the form of snow, ice, and frost. . So many scenes in nature can be really beautiful, but for sheer beauty, nothing rivals snow, ice, and frost. . Nothing.

I always get kinda sad around this time of year, because almost all of the snow and ice at low elevations is now gone. So I will have to wait another whole year before I can once again capture the images that I like most - wildlife and birds in snowy, icy, frost-clad surroundings.

I feel like it can never get cold enough to satisfy me; when it's 20 degrees, I wish it was 10 degrees ..... when it is 0 degrees, I wish it was 10 or 20 below zero (Fahrenheit, of course). . The colder it is, the more frost there will be on the vegetation, and I think that photos look best when there is frost or snow on every blade of grass, every twig, etc.

All I really care about in life is how my photos will look, so things like comfort and whatnot, I pretty much just couldn't care less about them. . Everything is all about the photos, all the time, and super-cold weather makes for nicer looking pictures, in my opinion. . So bring on the cold and damn the spring thaw and damn those comfortable balmy days!
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I'm not sad yet, here in the low elevation of 4000 feet it was snowing so hard last night that the high-beams reflecting back were blinding.


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Apr 08, 2018 05:32 |  #628

I agree with you Tom, The super cold can produce some very sharp as well as pristine images. .....If you dress correctly throwing fashion to the wind..... lol

We had the system go through here as well MedicineMan. It was snowing so hard you could not see but a few feet in front of you.

I believe this should be my new logo if only I knew how to do it.


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Apr 08, 2018 06:24 |  #629

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I agree with you Tom, The super cold can produce some very sharp as well as pristine images. .....If you dress correctly throwing fashion to the wind..... lol

We had the system go through here as well MedicineMan. It was snowing so hard you could not see but a few feet in front of you.

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Kool!! Is this a picture of YOU Jeff?? Were you aware the fox was that close to you???

Who took this photo, if that is you in the picture?!?!


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Apr 08, 2018 06:46 |  #630

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Kool!! Is this a picture of YOU Jeff?? Were you aware the fox was that close to you???

Who took this photo, if that is you in the picture?!?!

lol Yes it is me Charles. I did this shot on purpose to make it look like I was shooting way over there when the fox was right in front of me. My shooting partner took the Image.
I remember she came up to me so I motioned to my buddy to take the shot.

Your question and reactions are just what I was looking for from this shot lol. Kind of like the sly fox getting close without my knowing


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