Thursday, September 8, 2011

Brown Bears and More Brown Bears

Our days at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge are governed by the tides, the high tides do not allow you to get onto the beach.untitled _ROT3518 September 03, 2011 NIKON D3S As I had written previously on August 31 we had the highest tide of the year at 22.3 feet, which occurred at 5:45 PM and each day it got later by at least an hour although tides were decreasing in size they still prevented us from getting out especially for evening shoots.
Today, we photographed bears and more bears. We were all photographing despite it being raining at extremely heavy winds with some gale force winds present. We definitely had to hold on to our equipment to keep it from being blown over.
Because of confusion surrounding the difference in coastal brown bears and grizzly bears and that some people think that they are entirely different species, here is some information from the Wikipedia.
“The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America. It can weigh from 300 to 780 kilograms (660 to 1,700 lb.) .
There are several recognized subspecies within the brown bear species. In North America, two types are generally recognized; the coastal brown bear and the inland grizzly, and the two types could broadly define all brown bear subspecies. Grizzlies weigh as little as 350 lb. (159 kg) in Yukon, while a brown bear, living on a steady, nutritious diet of spawning salmon , from coastal Alaska and Russia can weigh 1,500 lb. (682 kg).”
People also wonder how you can tell a brown bear from a black bear and one of the ways is to look at the shoulder area: In profile, the brown bear has a distinct shoulder hump. This is due to large muscles necessary for digging roots, tubers and ground squirrels. Black bears lack the shoulder hump of the brown bear.Hump  text_ROT2943 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S


We photographed all different types of activity including the bears resting, fishing, fighting, cubs play fighting.



Bear cubs resting _ROT2549 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Cubs Resting
Bearchasing bear _ROT2622 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Bear Chasing Bear
Looking for fish _ROT2695 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Looking for Fish
After a stratch _ROT2755 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Ah that felt Good
-i am Tired- _ROT2785 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
I am Tired
Cubs Play fight _ROT2888 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Cubs Play Fighting
Sow and Cub _ROT3040 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Sow and Cub
Bear in Grass _ROT3134 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
In the Meadow

Looking for fish _ROT3148 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Looking for Fish

untitled Chasing fish_ROT3228 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Chasing Fish
Muddy Bank _ROT3307 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Sliding down the Muddy Bank
bl front view bear_ROT3334  NIKON D3S September 02, 2011
Coming Toward You
untitled Mother and cub_ROT3430 September 02, 2011 NIKON D3S
Sow and Cub