Monday, July 14, 2014

Alaskan Grizzly Bear

Well, we are back from our trip to Alaska and it's back to work tomorrow.  Big time bummer!  But, this trip needs to be paid for and so do the next ones!  So, here's the first post from the trip!  There will be many more, but this one of my faves and wanted to get it out there right away!

We stayed in a little town called Girdwood which is about 35 miles SE of Anchorage.  And further down the Seward Highway another 10-15 miles or so is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  It's a place that rehabs injured animals and gets them back into the wild.  It's a sort of zoo, but more to educate people on the local wildlife by bringing in injured animals and getting them healthy.  If they can be released, wonderful, but if they can't, they will stay permanently.

This is a shot of one of the grizzly bears there.  He seems very friendly as he wandered up to the fence and then sat down on his backside.  Rather funny actually.  He also seemed quite tired.  Although looking tired and friendly, I would not want to meet him in the woods.  As a matter of fact, a good friend of our bed and breakfast hosts was mauled by a brown bear while we were there.  She's going to be OK, but it just goes to show that these guys don't play.  The mauling also occurred at a campground that some of our own good friends, Richard and Sandy, stayed at just the night before and heard of bear sightings in that area!  Oh and thanks again guys for taking us around and showing us all the sites!  We had a great time and you guys made it extra special!

Anyway, that's the shot of the bear and I have quite a few other shots from AK to go, so stay tuned!

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Exif data:

Camera - FujiFilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 204mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/210
Exposure program - Aperture Priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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