A bear encounter

Twice this fall we have been fortunate to see bears in their natural habitat. The second encounter happend on a sunny afternoon, when we were driving around on small forest roads hoping to see some elks (mooses) to shoot (with the camera, i.e).

Suddenly Roffe stopped the car, rolled down the car window and pointed at a sunlit stone some 40, 50 meters away on a clearcut.

-Look at that stone over there, he said. Doesn’t it look weird, or is it just the sunlight playing tricks on us? 1 The stone

 

Suddenly the “stone” began to move and we could see the outline of a bear. 2 The stone moves

 

3 A bear

 

We were both ready with our cameras in the lap and Roffe’s clicking the camera, as if it was an AK-4, immediately alerted the bear.

4 Bear looking at us
OMG, not ’em damned paparazzis again! Why can’t they leave me alone.

 

5 Bear half length
OK, just this once. What do you prefer, half length…

 

6 Bear full length
….or full length?

 

7 close up
A close up, perhaps?
8 Profile
Or maybe you find my smiling side view more attractive?

 

9 Time to leave
OK, enough is enough, I have to carry on. It is time to find myself a hibernation for the winter.

Well, we just wonder how many such “stones” we have have passed throughout the years while walking or hiking the woods and wetlands searching for berries and fungis.

 

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Yellow lady slippers and a bear encounter

We have now escaped to the country and our little log cabin where we’ll spend the rest of the summer. After a week of scrubbing and cleaning inside the house and organizing plants and seedlings outside we were finally ready for our first “walk on the wild side”.

It was a 200 kilometers round-trip by car (and guide) to a very secret growing place for Yellow lady slippers, a plant that has become rare and close to extinction, due to an ever shrinking natural habitat and overcollection, despite the plant is protected by law. We had to solemnly promise not to reveal the location, so we can’t give a hint about where to find these flowers. Sorry!

Yellow lady slipper
Yellow lady slipper

Yesterday evening we had another rare experience on our way to “our” marshland to check the outcome of cloudberries (aka knotberries or evrons) this summer.

While driving the car Roffe suddenly spotted a bear among the trees by the roadside. It turned out that she had three little cubs of which two were playing in the bushes on the opposite side of the road and a third one had climbed up a tree from which he fell down when Mother Bear got a little excited and yelled at him.

Actually, we all were a bit excited. Mother Bear running back and forth across the road hurrying and gathering her little ones and we in the car, strapped by the seat belt and unable to find the camera quickly enough, and when we finally did too many trees blocked our view.

It was a great moment though, just sitting there and watch the four of them slowly lumbering away through the wood.

Spreading the news about the bears we now know that we’ll have the clouberries to ourselves this summer.

Mashland