Even Grizzlies have a Bad Day
I envy you your trip, have been trying to find the time to make it up that way myself, would love the opportunity to shoot some bears in the wild. Well taken, good detail and a nice natural setting.
- ramthakur (55979)
- [2009-05-20 22:10]
The Grizzly, otherwise known to be ferocious and aggressive, looks so helpless and defeated in this picture, Rick.
That a porcupine's defence system has disabled this hulk of an animal speaks a lot about nature's ways.
The picture is well taken under the circumstances. The eyes show the misery of the bear.
Wish you all the best on your impending trip.
- Juyona (16891)
- [2009-05-20 23:32]
magnífica captura y detalles,
formidable animal y excelente trabajo.
- zetu (16941)
- [2009-05-21 0:52]
Nice capture, I like details and natural colors.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2009-05-21 9:36]
Touching note. I also hope all be OK with bear. Even in his eye we can see a pain. Nice picture. Superb wide DOF and details of the entire scene. I hope you will get great pleasure with your new camera (as well as we do from your new shots). TFS and all the best.
- jaycee (25460)
- [2009-05-21 16:44]
Sounds like your trip was a real winner! This poor bear! He looks so sad lying there. I do hope he will be okay. Wonder what shape the porcupine is in. The face and fur are wonderful - I love the fur standing up on his back. Another great natural nature shot from you.
- tuslaw (19808)
- [2009-05-21 20:09]
Outstanding image Rick,
Poor guy really looks miserable though!! Excellent detail with gorgeous natural colors!! Great work!! Very informative and detailed notes! Sounds like you had a great time. TFS.
I've had a little experience with Porcupines in the past. I was riding with a friend at night in PA. when one decided to dash out in front of the car. We swerved to miss it, but clipped a little of it's rear end in the process. The quills only ended up in our front tire thankfully.
- eqshannon (31139)
- [2009-05-22 8:13]
If I have this one in my "Rick Archive" I will go look...I have forgotten. There is an ironic or perhaps convoluted twist tho the words and porky-pine story. I have been told that in order for a hunter to take one of these down...they need a very high powered rifle and a very good aim...and because of quick clotting features..even a normal kill shot would still have life in it for a bit....frankly these are the ones which scare me the most. There is a TV ad going on down here in the US..no wait..TUMS...and it shows a grizzly or perhaps brown bear shaking a small car while standing on its hind feet. Scary..I have seen the pictures one sees at the entrance to Yosemite..and also the many warnings....Even friends I know who cared for the east gate and house at Denali all winter long when it was closed...carried 44 magnum pistols...they were children and raised there by their other alone...tourists are NOT encouraged to get out of the tour buses in summer...and all of this is brought to mind as you casually show a wonderful picture....gee Rick...if there ever was a pro here on TN or a most celebrated photographer from my website..it most certainly is you and you make it look as easy as spreading warm butter on toast..
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2009-05-22 10:17]
I will be looking forward from one of my favorite places...Yellowstone. I do hope you had a great time and came back with impressive photos. The luck of seeing him three times was surely on your side. I hope you thanked the porcupine for giving you this opportunity. I do hope the bear will recover and have a story to tell to his grand children.
The photo is a beauty with wonderful eye contact and great details.
TFS and lots of fun on your next trip.
- CeltickRanger (37268)
- [2009-05-23 9:05]
an excellent photo of the Grizzly Bear with fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, wonderful eye-contact with you,
i am sad what it happen for him but like you know Rick
these are things of the life of wild animals in the nature,
- oanaotilia (3416)
- [2009-05-26 1:36]
When I was walking in the mountains I always was affraid to meet a bear, and it seems that you...found and captured one! Hm, and also the more dangerous grizzly, not the more calm european bear. Nice pose, even if it was suffering, but who put him to cease a porcupine?
All the best, Oana