First off , please excuse me if I have incorrectly placed this in the wrong section , please move to the appropriate should you wish...
Now dont laugh but.. I got myself all freaked out -Im from little old England with no real dangerous animals roaming when Im out landscape photographing and Ive just booked a trip to Cannmore , Canada , Its been a long awaited dream to go to Canada and photograph the stunning scenery.
The problem is now its booked I cant help feeling totally freaked out at the thought of me treading on the doorstep of these great creatures and upsetting them, Im sure this will raise a smile on the face of some of you who know and live in thiese types of places and Im also sure there can be no guarantees I wont come across one of them , in fact judging by the Cougar sighting map , they are everywhere, Night or Day..
Now Im going to study hard on everything related to Bears and Cougars between now and July 19th when I go , and what to do and what not to do when/if-hope never confronted by one, but I ask my photographing community who either travel to these places or live amoungst them for advice , experiences on encounters however scary.
Ive ordered a book on "Bear attacks and Avoidances" by Stephen Herrero (Over the top?)
and intend to read the heck out of it ,although the more I read the worse Im getting!.... obvouslly Bear spray is first on my list after landing!
Love to hear how you cope with all this?