About 35 meters (yards) from the viewing platform we use after August 24th a tree has fallen across a small channel in the river. This tree has become a pathway for the grizzly bears that do not want to get their feet wet. That means bear cubs because they tend to avoid the water if they can. They use the log to watch their mother as she fishes in the river below and if she is too slow in catching a salmon it is a good place to rest.
It appears that humans are not the only mammals that drool in their sleep. It may take a few clicks on this photo to have it enlarge but the drool is there. There are several dozen Steller sea lions that spend their summer in our viewing area and most of them are the large older males. There are several small rocky islands in the area of Telegraph Cove that provides a “haul out” for the sea lions. As long as we manage to stay “up wind” they provide a great opportunity for interesting photographs.