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Got an Itch Grab a Tree

Got an Itch Grab a Tree
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-30 16:13
Viewed: 3294
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,
Well we are back from our vacation in Waterton Lakes National Park. We had a great time and hope to share some of the images I took while there.
This first one is of a Black Bear that grabbed a spruce tree when his back got itchy. It was sure comical to watch, hope you like it.

Black Bear
Ursus americanus

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Like us, most bears are omnivores, consuming both plant and animal matter. In early spring, they eat horsetails (Equisetum spp.), blossoming dandelions, grasses, roots and tubers and any carrion that they encounter. In summer, berries attract them, particularly Canada Buffaloberry, abundant in wooded areas along river valleys and in the foothills. In fact, 90 percent of their diet may be vegetation. They also eat huge numbers of insects, such as larva in rotting logs. In autumn, they feed ravenously on anything edible, putting on a thick layer of fat before going to sleep for five or six months.

They do not hibernate as some winter sleepers do. True hibernators slow down all their vital processes: breathing almost ceases; heart beat slows to only a few per minute; body temperature drops to or below freezing, and it takes them many hours to wake up. The bear sleeps more like us, and can waken almost instantly, as has testified by those who have accidentally broken into a den. Remarkably, although totally inactive, their bones do not weaken, they do not have to go to the bathroom, and a mother bear can give birth to two or three tiny cubs, looking after all their needs for several months without ever awakening.

from Weaselhead.org

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Hi, Rick! How have you been?
Hope your Wharton outing went off well.
Going by this sneak shot of an itchy bear, you surely must have had whale of a time.
The picture records a moment in a bear's life not seen frequently. It is a wonderful capture.
Your camera settings, however, bargained for a little OE here and there.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-30 21:04]

Hi Rick.
I see you really had a nice trip. Your meeting with black beer is fantastic. I hope 600 mm lens was so suitable for such meeting :). You managed to catch a very impressive moment. Scene is very natural and attractive and quality of the shot despite the special light condition is great. My compliments and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-01 3:11]

Hello Rick,
Nice to see you back. I hope you had a great time. Good photo to start with. Good sharp focus on the bear. Beautiful natural colours and an excellent composition.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-01 3:59]

Hello Rick,
this is real. How far can one go to the bear?
this is enough to show its being and its surrounding. Such a real wilderness.
It is quite humurous also to see the pose of the bear.
Nice sharpness and good contrast indeed.


Hi Rick,
For a little while I couldn't figure out what the hairy animal was, not the best shot of the bear, but certainly a well depicted image showing the way of life for bear and its motive. When I have an itch, I grab anyone or anything.
Must be fantastic just to sit there and observe.

Hello Rick,
Excellent shot of this wonderful specimen with great pose and lovely colours. Well done!

amazing capture, TFS Ori

Hi Rick
This is a great image of a bear giving himself a good scratch. I love the way his white spot is exposed on his chest. A nice action shot. This would have also made for a good video subject. I hope you're not working to hard these days.
TFS Janice

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-06 11:13]

Hi Rick
Another beautiful capture.Good pov and sharp image I love the bear pose he seem to be stretching
TFS Michel

Hello Rick
Nice to see from time to time an image from you. This one is interesting, but also funny! Allways, the mos jucy buds are higher up in the trees!
Thanks for sharing this with us!
All the best

hehehe dear Rick,
This photo is great, I really love it! I have seen giraffes contorting themselves to get a good scratch, Impalas rubbing their bottom against thorn trees etc etc

But a bear is really a good catch! Thank you for posting it to TrekNature!! (Where you in the car, when you took this photo?)

I see you photographed the animal in the morning at 07:13 having a ''wash'', I wonder if they do this every morning?

Your notes are great, did you mean the female gives also birth when half asleep?!?

I hope to see more photos from your trip
Take care and have a nice week,

Hi Rick!
Nice and funny picture! Thanks for share !
Glad to hear about your nice vacation! IŽm looking foward to see more about your photos.
Love from,

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