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Black Bear

Black Bear
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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: 2005-06-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-03 6:22
Viewed: 3395
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This young Black Bear was looking both ways before crossing Malinge Lake Road in Jasper National Park, what a good bear. Soon one of my favorite subjects will be waking from thier hibernation. The white blaze on the chest is not common.
Do bears hibernate? When hibernation was defined simply in terms of temperature reduction, bears were not considered hibernators. New knowledge of hibernation processes has led biologists to redefine mammalian hibernation as simply a specialized, seasonal reduction of metabolism concurrent with the environmental pressures of scarce food and low ambient temperatures. Black bears are now considered highly efficient hibernators. They sleep for months without eating, drinking, urinating, or defecating. Hibernators with lower body temperatures, such as chipmunks, woodchucks, and ground squirrels, cannot do this. These smaller mammals must awaken every few days, raise their temperatures to over 94 degrees, move around in their burrows, and urinate. Some of them must also eat and defecate during arousals. Black bears have far more insulative pelts and have lower surface to mass ratios than the smaller hibernators. As a result, bears' body heat is lost very slowly, enabling them to cut their metabolic rate in half and still make it through winter, maintaining temperatures above 88 degrees--within 12 degrees of their normal summer temperature. (Excerpted from "A Bear In Its Lair" by Lynn Rogers, Natural History Magazine, October 1981). Mothers wake up to give birth, typically in mid to late January, and take excellent care of the cubs in the den, licking them clean and responding to every cry for warmth and milk.

TAZ, PaulH, SkyF, jmp, jaycee, MMM, jeanpaul, scottevers7, bobair, Tamrock, vanderschelden, Tage has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-03 7:03]

Hello Rick,
I like this young guy i his green environment !
The "+++" : subject, pose, POV, DOF, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : sharpness a bit soft on the bear...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-03 7:31]

Hi Rick,

It's always a pleasure to see one of these impressive creatures and i like the fact that he has learned traffic awareness too! Nice natural colours and good details, as always.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-03 7:50]

Hi Rick,
wonderful shot, the young bear does pose very nicely and seems almost a bit shy. You captured wonderful details in the fur and the eyes sparkle nicely.
The composition is lovely, shows of the bear so well in this great natural enviroment.

Morning Rick :)

Awww...brains and beauty captured here! What a sweet young bear he is, fantastic colours the multitudes of green are wonderful. Pretty neat to see the blaze on him too. Beautiful composition, POV and details. Have a wonderful day.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-03 8:47]

Hi Rick,
Great capture of this free bear! Beautiful environment and excellent composition.
TFS, José m.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-03 9:42]

Hi Rick,

A sweet young bear in a wonderful setting! His coat and face are beautiful.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-03 10:15]

Hi Rick
Great shot , I like your POV and the colors.I really like the composition of your image.
TFS Michel

Bonjour Rick
Excellent travail de composition.
Tu nous présente un très bel ours
Jolies couleurs et finesse du détail.Nous ici ils sont encore endormis sous la neige.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hi Rick,
An excellent shot on this Black Bear. The pose in its surrounding natural environment is perfect. Exposure looks spot on. The colors and detail are really good.
Well done!


Great picture, great bear. Lucky man.

Hi Rick,
good one that shows lots of detail.You were fairly close to this bear and I commend you for your bravery as I don't think I would care to be that near to Canada's most dangerous bear but then again-maybe.The included note is informative and entertaining as well.Some of the areas look a little overexposed but a fine picture it is.Tfs. Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-03 23:43]

Hello Rick

This is beautiful.Excellent focus and sharp details.The surroundings are well saturated and the fir tree and grasses are a beautiful setting.A very well groomed ,handsome bear.You have really captured the bear's focused stare.TFS


Hello Rick,
If I'm not mistaken, this must be one of your best bear's pictures. What a wonderful capture and you seemed to have been quite close. Details and POV, composition and exposure are superb. That must have been a very impressive encounter. What a beautiful animal. Thanks!

This is a great capture Rick. The image looks a little washed out on my monitor???? So we can look forward to more bear shots in the coming active months.

We are off for a week to wildlife refuges of central Oregon. I'll catch up with your posts when I get back.

Evelynn : )

hello rick!
what a great meeting!
fine picture with nice
naturefeeling and good
good work!

Hi Rick,
A 'typical' Adanac image (not self portrait of course):-).
Most interesting shot. Amazing wildlife. However the bear doesn't seem to be in a wild mood. Needs a lot of warmth and milk if you ask me. What a capture...

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  • Tage Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
  • [2007-07-13 19:00]

Nice close up of the young bear!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-26 0:06]

Wow, that is quite a close-up of a real live bear, Rick,
juvenile notwithstanding.
Excellent sharpness of details.
I like the way he is looking sideways: he looks kind of pensive.
A beautiful specimen.
TFS and wishing you a happy and healthy 2008, my friend!

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