Tag: bear

  • Close Encounter With Bears

    Close Encounter With Bears

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    (originally posted August 18, 2019)

    I recently hiked seven miles at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, near Jamestown, Tennessee – more about that in the days ahead. This post recaps two instances along the trail in which I encountered bears.

    Highlights: this park offers scenic overlooks of the canyon, substantial sandstone cliffs, interesting geological structures, and a canopied forest trail. Oh, and wildlife.

    🐻 Bear No. 1

    Have you ever had the feeling that you’re being watched? Well, that’s exactly how I felt as I approached a small stream at the base of the canyon. Nearly two miles into the wilderness, I had the sense that something was out there, that I wasn’t alone, and so I stopped to surveil my surroundings, keeping still to remain as quiet as possible. However, I didn’t see or hear anything.

    The trail crossed this stream, then paralleled alongside.

    The trail followed the stream, slowing gaining elevation with distance. I was soon at a point approx. 15-feet above the stream, when it happened: an adult male black bear probably twice my size (235 lbs.) had snuck up on me and was within 30-feet! This was likely the source of my concern, earlier, now in potentially dangerous proximity.

    I stopped moving and wondered what was next – should I turn back in the direction from whence I came, attempt to climb a tree (which was problematic, as these trees were tall and without low branches), remove and unzip my backpack to acquire a knife, or make lots of noise (I can whistle really loud!)?

    I opted to remain still, concluding that the bear was aware of my presence and deemed that I wasn’t a threat – an easy posture to assume, given its girth. As I watched, it became clear that the bear was undertaking his daily scavenging for a meal routine, shifting rocks in the stream to dislodge potential sources of food. This was in fact what first alerted me to the bear…the sound of rocks being moved.

    Regaining my composure, I shot this video as I followed the bear from along the trail, keeping back a safe distance while attempting to remain less conspicuous behind trees…

    Note: the large rock being easily moved by the bear in this video was probably in excess of 100 lbs..

    Also read: Part Two – Another Black Bear Video

    🐻 Bear No. 2

    I saw another bear not long after this encounter, along the trail at a higher elevation on a ridge. This bear was either a female or adolescent, which I estimated at 300 lbs. or less. As I was paying close attention to the root-covered ground while hiking, I happened to glance ahead and see a bear on the trail looking directly at me.

    The bear was probably 60-feet in front of me, and, when we made eye contact, took off like a bat out of hell racing downhill through the forest on an estimated 30-degree slope. I was truly amazed (and, quite pleased) at how fast this bear bounded down the hill.

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    See more information & photographs about my hike at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area.

  • Bear Cub In Tree

    Climbing Adventure


    It’s morning and an active time in the Smoky Mountains, where this bear cub has scaled a tall pine tree for a better view of the sunrise.

    Prints available.

  • See You At The Top

    See You At The Top

    It’s morning in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. For this small black bear cub, that means it’s time to climb a tall pine tree! Gotta practice, right? This was one of three cubs sharing this tree and having fun, as mother bear guards the area below. Photographed along the Foothills Parkway near Wears Valley. Prints available.

  • Climbing Bears

    I photographed these climbing bear cubs yesterday morning along the Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Wears Valley.

    The first sound I heard was probably the mother bear, moving through the underbrush near the base of the tree, down the hill approx. 50-feet away. Next, I heard (and soon observed) the three bear cubs climbing the pine tree, shredding bark under paw during their hurried ascent – it was like a sawmill with wood chips flying through the air! I also heard the mother bear snorting a few times, likely communicating with her cubs, or maybe reminding me to keep away from their space.

    If you look closely near the top-right of the tree shown in the second picture, you can see a sibling cub perched among the branches.

    You can visit my gallery to find prints of Bear 1 or Bear 2.

  • Polar Bear On Iceberg

    Prints & other cool merchandise are available online in the following shops:

    After a long nap, this polar bear awakens very hungry for a substantial meal and decides to take a cool dip in the ocean – gone fishing!

    Polar Bear On Iceberg
    Sample Product: Framed Print
  • A Bear Comes To Visit

    The only person in the park and 2 miles deep into a forest hiking at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area – located in north central Tennessee – I was very surprised to discover that an adult male black bear had managed to quietly approach within 30 feet of me – a startling sight when I turned around! I estimated his weight to be twice mine …read more

  • Big Bear

    Big Bear

    Enjoy this creative, stylized imagery of a wild though seemingly friendly bear, based on a photograph. Guests may visit my gallery at Redbubble to discover a wide selection of available items, including apparel, device cases & skins, wall art, home decor, bags and stationary products.

  • Arctic Polar Bear Shower Curtain

    Arctic Polar Bear Shower Curtain

     

    This arctic polar bear is preparing for cold water. However, you can enjoy this shower curtain with warm water as you freshen up to start a new day! Made from 100% polyester and printed in the USA with a 12 button-hole top for simple hanging. Dimensions are 71″ by 74″. Curtain rod, shower curtain liner and hooks not included.