My family and I went to the Smoky Mountains for a long weekend vacation. We had a great time doing things that we hadn't done before. One of the highlights was spending time on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The place where we stayed was near the end of the one-way loop road so on our last night, I decided to hike about a quarter of a mile from the end to get some water shots.
I found a steep path that would take me to the water and went down to stand on a giant rock in the middle of the stream. I was setting up my tripod when I looked to my left and a black bear was coming out of the woods into the water about 25 feet from where I was. I looked at him and he looked at me and then he took a step in my direction and I turned to go back up the bank rather quickly. I think he was as scared as I was and went back into the woods. I wish that I had my camera ready to get a shot but my first reaction was to get the heck out of there. Their behavior can be unpredictable!
I moved down stream and positioned myself and my tripod to get this shot. After this exposure, I decided to move my foot off of the rock where my tripod leg was and I stepped backwards, slipped on wet rocks, kicked my tripod and camera over, and watched in horror as my gear smashed into the rocks and water. There was only one place on the camera body that was a little scratched. I took out the battery and let the camera dry and tried just now and everything seems to work but the shutter button is not responding very quickly so, I may have to send it to Canon. I'm bummed.
Explore, 7/6/2008 #32