Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rocky Slope Bears



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Well...it's difficult tonight to get a post up!....after Breakfast and a Talkabout...showed my photo prints to my hiking friend....I curled up!...and slept 'till two!....made a quick Shuttle to the Post Office and Village...mat cutter on order...I want to be able to custom crop the photo mats...rather than be limited to the standard dimensions of pre cut mats...wish I could do custom frames too...but that's beyond....walked back through Cook's...oh...short clip at Post Office of Deer...and then when I reached the Creek Footbridge, I could look out over the Creek and a small herd of Does and Fawns led by a Young Buck crossed the Creek...I didn't have the tripod along, but used the Bridge Handrail Posts...got a really neat clip..for sometime....would post it up, but got a neater one...the Bears playing again...this time just where the Trail begins from Lower Falls to the Upper Falls trail head...most of the time they were wrestling behind branches and boulders...and I watched a lot more than I filmed...and it looks to be Oak Bear and the Bear I thought was Oak Bear yesterday...the one with a collar, red tag, and yellow tag...it is the same I saw yesterday, as a loose wire or thread or something is hanging down from the collar...see pic...and the number appears to be 41....I'll call this Bear, Rocky Slope Bear!....they were having a great time...and the Slope is, as I mentioned before, a great Backdrop!....I would have continued watching them...with so much cover, it was easy to stay distant and hidden...but I was on my to El Cap and the Horsetail Show...and had an appointment to keep with my hiking friend...to be at the road block at four thirty...and it was ten after four!...so I left off from the Bears...and made it to El Cap by four forty!...it's not as far as I thought!...we set up right there at the Road Block and waited for the Firefall...by us were only three other photogs...and it was very nice to watch the sunset....but there were clouds...and they came across the sun just when they shouldn't!...so no Firefall pics...back in the Car, we looped around through El Cap Picnic area...which the Rangers have made available to Horsetail fans...and there was a gaggle of photogs there on either side of the road...like a gathering of ancient Egyptians at Abu Symbal for the Solstice, I thought!....oh...on the news a rescue at Half Dome...seven climbers from Korea...well...they had nice weather...it was really warm today!...I was remiss, I felt, to sleep away the morning and most of the afternoon of a Blue Sunny Warm day...but Providence smiled when I happened on the Deer..and again when I happened on the Bears!...Horsetail was cool too...a fine evening!....walking through Cook's, I looked for Hawk...and noticed how few Birds were about...at El Cap I saw a flock of Bandtails...and at the view sight of El Cap and Bridal Veil, two Ouzels on stones in the Merced...pic...a wonder is the relationship of Oak Bear, Fir Bear, and Rocky Slope Bear....they may be flirting, or brothers or sisters and mama bear...or maybe Black Bears when young...they all look young...play with one another like this!...

4 comments:

Karl said...

Hey David - really enjoy the blog and especially the recent bear videos. We're having a raging conversation over at Steve's Sierra Visions site about what the name of your blog site means - "Tree in the Door"? Is there literally a tree in front of the door where you live, or is it something else?

DavidDavid said...

aaa...literally...see new pic on Blog's mast...:)

Karl said...

What fun. It looks like the tree is actually growing into the cabin? If it's not too nosy, what do you do to get to live in the park? You're living vicariously for a lot of people!

DavidDavid said...

Thanks, Karl...the Valley, of course, is a treasure...and the opportunity to live and work here a priviledge...there are jobs to be found in Parks from being Rangers to Busboys...and no matter what one's limitations are, jobs can be found..though one needs to be a bit of a vagabond, gypsy, and adventurer...Muir worked in a sawmill...by the Creek!