A photo of a Black Bear, taken in the Radium area on May 12th. Will be away all day, botanizing the permafrost top of a mountain way, way south of the city : ) See you later.
The following is being added next day, on July 6th, as I barely had time to just post my photos yesterday morning, rushing out to a meeting place for a day trip to Plateau Mountain. This is the description I had added to a previously posted Bear photo, taken on the same day.
"May 12th was a wonderful (17 hour!) day of scenery and bears, thanks to good friends Cathy and Terry, who so kindly invited me along with them! We even spent some of the time in B.C. (British Columbia), the next province to our west, and were so lucky to see six bears in total. Our first Bear was a Black Bear that looked rather like a huge rock in the distance. The second sighting was an adult Cinnamon Bear, after which we saw this adult Black Bear. The final sighting was a beautiful family of Mum with her two cubs. One of these little ones was a black Black Bear and the other a Cinnamon Black Bear, which you don't see very often. It was good to see that none of the Bears approached cars, hoping for food. They quietly went about their feeding, for the most part without even lifting their eyes from the ground. The usual "thoughtless" people were there, too, getting out of their cars and approaching, so that they could get closer photos. Of course, the cubs were so cute, but all these Bears are wild and wildlife tends to be unpredictable. You really would think that people could keep this in mind and not approach, but stay safely in their cars - and give the animals plenty of space and respect. The weather was so good that day, but the sun was very harsh and played havoc with my images. However, I will pick out a few of the "better" ones and gradually post them. Thanks SO much, Cathy and Terry, for such an amazing day out - it was so much fun, and I can't thank you enough for giving me the chance to see (and photograph) these wild animals that were so busy going about their lives. Perhaps I should add that I used full zoom (32x) for my photos, lol!!! Another thing I'll add is that I only remember ever seeing one Bear before and that must have been 30 or 32 years ago!"