This photo was a little far off for my Olympus TG 4 camera but my guests sure got some great shot. It was a morning that involved allot of activity within the pods of killer whales. There was spyhopping, tail slapping and even the occasional breach which nobody caught on camera. Reason I show this is because it is my first double spyhop.
This does not look to exciting until you hear the background story: The dark grizzly was a large male that my guests had named “grumpy”. He came into the viewing area where there was about twelve bears and started to push his weight around and made several juvenile gears move further up the river. The blond bear is a mother with two second year cubs. Lesson – never mess with a mother. She came at the male, this was about ten meters from our cameras, so we could hear her low growl and the clacking of her teeth. The male thought better and moved off and left the other bears to fish. He never left the area but had a much better attitude for the rest of the morning.
… However I did not reduce my zoom so missed part of the bear beneath the viewing platform. This grizzly was not concerned and never looked up as it was concentrating on the larger males fishing in the river about fifty meters (yards) away.
We had moved to a different viewing stand for the last twenty minutes for our viewing time for a different perspective of the many grizzly bears we were watching. It was interesting as this grizzly bear started walking down the causeway toward our new location. It was a cause for much photo taking as it was a chance for another good close up which only got better……
..fast forward to 9/2/2015 12:32 pm and our viewing is over and we have driven back to the landing to take our skiff back to the float to eat lunch. We had just parked our vehicle and were getting out to walk down the road when we had company. Back into the vehicle until Bella and her three cubs moved across the road and far enough along the beach until it was safe to complete our trip to the float. This took about fifteen minutes but the guests did not seem to mind. They thought it was interesting that we were delayed by grizzlies when we wanted to watch bears and again when we were through watching bears.
Today’s and tomorrow’s posts are interesting and tied together. This post is when we are waiting for the lodge using the viewing stand to leave their viewing time so we can drive up to the stands. We are visited by a mother grizzly bear and three cubs on their way to the area of the stands to fish. We know this because we see them below the stands a little later. At the time of this photo the mother is in the background and the cubs are chewing on the tires of the white van. Time stamp on the photo 9/2/2015 9:29 am…..
Taking photos for the blog I try to give viewers an idea of what it is like on a tour from Grizzly Bear Lodge. In this case a phone used for photos which is becoming common. Also if you look into the water behind the bear it is not deep maybe this means we are close? Does the bear care?
For perspective the pile of rocks at the bottom of this photo are the same pile of rocks at the top left corner of the photo on the December 1st post. That means that this grizzly is less than 15 meters (yards) from the viewing platform and still doing what bears do in the wild. To the grizzly bears we are part of the natural surroundings and are ignored unless someone forgets to turn off their flash or gets to excited and raises their voice. We are predictable that is why the viewing times are set each day.
Not a particularly good photo of a humpback whale diving but I liked the sparkle on the water. Being that I am writing the blog and get to pick the photos, this it what you get. I know that if you scroll through the past posting you will find some great tail shots. This just shows that every day on the water is different and I never know what will make a memorable picture for guests.
After stopping in Telegraph Cove (see yesterday’s post) we head back onto the water for the second half of the day which means stellar sea lions in the spring and fall as the migrate between California and Alaska. This September day is unusual because all seems quiet on the sea lions haul out. Normally when there are this many stellar sea lions on one rock it becomes a mass of moving bodies with all of them wanting their complaints heard.