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on Jul 30, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

He’s showing his age Day3

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One of the two oldest bears showed up at the falls today only to find no jumping salmon. Well into his seoncd decade of life, he moves a little slowly, goes where he wants to and is given the respect and space his age has earned.

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Check out that lower lip!

This is one of those times when it’s cool to see a bear without its winter fur. You can see first hand the scars this male has earned during its life. I thought about counting all the scarsĀ  but too late, but personally, I’d never seen a bear with so many. Testament to both a long life, but a hard one as well. The other old bear hasn’t been seen this year at the falls but they know he’s around because they have found his DNA dropped around. I’ll let you figure that one out for yourself.

Oh, and that thing I found by accident that I like, I do like it now that I’ve done it on purpose. I’ve shot now for the last two days with the lens wide open, f/4 or f/6.7 and between that and the 600VR or 600VR w/TC-17e, it really make the bears visually pop from their world here at the falls. Along with the amazing quality the D3x captures, the files are stunning. For me, this is a major shift in my big mammal shooting. While I think it’s something I’ll just like at the falls with the bears, it’s something to work with in time elsewhere.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film