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on Aug 5, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

The moment I dread Day5

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I really do hate the clock! The last day was just a great experience at the falls. It didn’t matter we weren’t taking the classic Brooks bear catching a salmon in the mouth shot. Our last 7hrs at the falls were full of everything else. I have the feeling it’s what goes on when most the tourists go home in late summer. The guy near the end of the day (9PM) just sat down and looked around as if to say, “It’s all over, time to go home.” That’s the last thing I wanted to hear.

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As if having a hard day at work and now relaxing in the jacuzzi, this silly bear was totally immersed in the water except for what you see here. He did this for quite a while, almost an hour before standing up and moving around only to end up again in the same spot. He seemed resolved just to let the bubbles in the rapid tickle his butt for just a little longer.

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At the end the bears stopped challenging each other for the few salmon left at the falls. They reminded me of the old cartoon which finished at the time clock with the Sam The Sheepdog saying to Ralph the Coyote after a day of being adversaries, “See Ya Tomorrow.” I always hate leaving the bears, I always feel I’m just started to get to know them when the lens cap is put on for the last time, the gear stowed in the photopack. It’s never my favorite moment. Damn clock! mtc

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