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Close Encounters of the Bear Kind

Close Encounters of the Bear Kind
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Copyright: Christine Grabig (pmaze) (25)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 10D, Canon EF70-200/2.8IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-29 4:59
Viewed: 4133
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male Grizzly Bear on Grouse Mountain

"Grizzly Bears reach weights of 180680 kg (4001,500 lb); the male is on average 1.8 times as heavy as the female, an example of sexual dimorphism. Their coloring ranges widely across geographic areas, from blond to deep brown or black. These differences, once attributed to subspeciation, are now thought to be primarily due to the different environments these bears inhabit, particularly with regard to diet and temperature.

The Grizzly has a large hump over the shoulders which is a muscle mass used to power the forelimbs in digging. The head is large and round with a concave facial profile. In spite of their massive size, these bears can run at speeds of up to 55 km/h (35 mph).

Normally a solitary, nocturnally active animal, in coastal areas the Grizzly congregates alongside streams and rivers during the salmon spawn. Every other year females (called sows) produce one to four young (most commonly two) which are small and weigh only about 500 g (1 pound). Sows are very protective of their offspring."

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To claudine: The Bearspmaze 2 09-29 16:01
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Ciao Christine,
che incontro ravvicinato!
Bella foto e bei dettagli, brava!


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  • Leace Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
  • [2006-09-29 16:29]

Beautiful natural capture!
Very impressive animal indeed.
Your note was very interesting too.
TFS :)

Hi Christine,
Wonderful capture of this imposing bear! He is so close... Were you close to him too? If I understood it well, this was taken in the wild? I saw that you used 70-200mm zoom but you must have been quite close to catch those details... This is a great eye contact with beautiful composition and good DOF. Thanks,

PS, I like this title...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-01 22:17]

Hello Christine

A great shot.A lovely composition with action.I like the lighting too.Amazing POV ,you must have been close.TFS


Sooner you than me! What a shot!

Too bad the bear was trying to hide behind that dried sprig of grass, eh! But you could not very well go up there and remove that!

I have only once seen one of these awesome creatures in the wild... that was enough. My hat off to you for your "staying power"!

I'll stick with my rams!


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