Back to a spot I enjoyed so much in 2014, Hyder, AK. I got here on Saturday. The salmon had not started running strong so there were few in the creek. Bears had been feeding elsewhere where the pickings were better. I went over to Fish Creek Sunday afternoon and soon after I arrived a black bear sow came through with her two cubs. She didn’t stick around long and the cubs were not easy to capture, they stuck close to the sow when they could and the brusk is very overgrown and thick.
We did see another black bear one morning for just a very few minutes, it seemed rather tentative and didn’t stick around long.
After several days of very brief sightings of black bears (maybe one per day) some of us early birds got to see a brown bear come down the creek. Not as early as some I arrived just in the nick of time. This boar is one I saw 4 years ago and is called Dawg Bear.
There is a small lagoon near the start of the board walk, on the opposite side from Fish Creek. There is a creek feeding through it and beavers have decided the small outlet would be an excellent spot for a dam. The rangers have broken the dams up but the beavers persist.
The really fun thing for me about the lagoon is that there are at least a couple of otter families that frequent it. One time there were 6 or 7 otters including a few pups there. I’ll continue to watch and photograph them.
Another benefit of the dead fish the bears partially eat is that it attracts the mink. Mink are very elusive and fast but one morning we were able to watch a mink drag pieces of a fish into the brush and finally the rest of the carcass.
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Not a lot going on right now so I’ve taken the time to set up a couple of videos of a few of my images. This one shows some night images set to music. Images were taken in 2014 in the following national parks: Badlands, Denali, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Arches. While in Glacier and Yellowstone NPs I was fortunate to capture the Aurora Borealis. There are also a few images at the end that were taken in Florida. Astrophotography in the National Parks
The second video is a collection of images taken when I did both a day tour and a night tour of the Upper Antelope Slot Canyon in Page, AZ, in the spring of 2013. Upper Antelope Slot Canyon
I’ve just added a slide show comprised of images taken at the bear Viewing Platform in Hyder, AK. You’ll see Black bears, including a sow with a little cub, Grizzly Bears, a wolf, a raven and a brown bat. Photos were taken over a span of 12 days with the weather varying form sunny and warm to cold and rainy. I hope you enjoy it. Hyder Grizzlies & Friends
A fellow Casita owner invited me to “driveway camp” at her home in Moab and it was a delightful experience. They haven’t had their Casita long and I was able to answer a few questions and show them mine with all its mods. They made sure I got to see not only The usual tourist things but some other interesting places, too. Many thanks to Cindi & Rick!
Foliage was starting to turn in the Moab area so Cindi and I did a drive up into the La Sal mountains with some side trips for special views.
One evening we took a boat trip on the Colorado River then had a super BBQ dinner. Seeing the rock formations from the river was really special.
One day I took a drive out Kane Creek Road. It runs along the Colorado for a ways then way back into the far reaches. The road was in generally good condition but had a set of switchbacks that were impressive to negotiate with the truck. I saw some good sized trailers in one of the primitive campgrounds and am sure glad I wasn’t tasked with getting them down that road. Along the drive there was a large rock, probably 7′ high at least with petroglyphs on all sides. One depicts a woman giving birth so it is called “the birthing rock”.
I did do some night photography at Arches NP and will devote a page to that very soon.
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