Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Alaska--Day Three--Wet Bear

The morning we were to leave, we woke to sunshine and blue sky.  We all went out to enjoy the view, cameras in hand.
Some one else was enjoying the sun.
The bear seemed to tire of browsing on the little island.
It headed into the lagoon.
When the water got too deep for wading, it started swimming.  Yes, black bears are good swimmers.
As it waded out of the water it shook.  Now it was close enough that the staff made us retreat towards the lodge.  To keep the wildlife wild, the staff is constantly reminding guests to keep their distance and no food is allowed outside the lodge, not even in the cabins.  Bears were sighted several times a day, sometimes on the far side of the lagoon and sometimes grazing on the grass in front of the lodge.  We never saw them approach a guest looking for a hand out.  The staff has done a good job.
We weren't leaving until after lunch so we had time for a leisurely paddle in the lagoon.
Three guests and our guide out to enjoy the calm, quiet lagoon.
Find more watery sights at Watery Wednesday, hosted for us by 2sweetnsaxy.

I bet you were hopping for the whales.  I'll get to that.

12 comments:

clairz said...

Martha, I am speechless! What an adventure you are having! Since I said I am speechless, I have to stop now with the raving and the exclamation points!

Diane AZ said...

How fantastic to watch the bear go for a swim and then go kayaking in the same lagoon. Really great pictures!

Gaelyn said...

Bears are good to see, especially from a little distance. Sure glad the staff is doing a good job of not allowing them to sample people food. A bear was just put down in Yellowstone because of human food habituation.
Awesome shots! More please.

Carol said...

Martha, I am so enjoying your photos of Alaska. They are breathtaking. That bear is a gorgeous creature and you have great captures of him...with reflections. Your last shot is a postcard...

mountain.mama said...

How great to see a bear so closely and what wonderful pictures you got of him. I agree with Gaelyn that it's good the staff protect the bear and the humans.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Martha! Those are the most beautiful bear pictures EVER! Those reflections -- that beautiful yellow field... the water -- I almost can't believe you were that close. What a wonderful adventure.

fredamans said...

Awesome photos! He looks like he was having fun watching you guys too!

CaptainRunner said...

I wonder what my reaction will be if the bear is approaching toward me :D

Ann said...

Todays news, Release Making of Yogi bear the movie, and half of it is filmed in New Zealand.

Barb said...

Hi Martha, My friend is here, so I'm just catching up before leaving for MV. What great bear shots! It looks big! I liked seeing the pic of you.

Judy said...

I love that photo of the bear coming out of the water - the reflections surrounding him are simply beautiful!

Paulie said...

What a wonderful capture of the bear shots as it went about its day!