Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Evening Bear



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Went up to Tuolumne....Meadows are drying out...and dont look to have had much of a Flower Bloom...which is disappointing..thought to get some more pics and clips of Flowers and Butterflies like last Summer....Marmots not out on the Dirt Road to Soda Springs...lots of cars and hikers though!....sat awhile at 1915 Bridge...just upstream on the right bank a favorite spot....saw Picket Pin scurry across the Bridge...and hurried over with the 20x on the tripod...I have old low res clip of Pins crossing...thought to get better one...and when I got there, saw Hawk in the Cerulean Blue Sky...smoke from the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne fire has lightened up the normally deep blue sky over the Meadows...tried for clip...but Hawk too high up....went back, and gathered up the gear...it was too warm to sit in Sun...so went over to another favorite spot...in the shade of a few small Lodgpole Pines out in the Meadows...the walk along the Road had been very quiet, and it was quiet in the Meadows too....but was content to sit back and enjoy the views....Mountain Blue Birds showed up...and I got some good pics and clips...was going to put them up tonight...but too sleepy!....some Pin clips too...Bluebirds, Pins, Hawk, Deer, Nutcrackers...maybe some Juncos...Blackbirds...Raven...it was quiet!!...back in the tourist noisy Valley..I had late lunch at Last Chance...some TV...and some napping!...and then geared up for Owl and back to the Creek...sat awhile at the Twin Fallen Cedars....but quiet....sat awhile at Lodgpole Point on the Merced's bank...digi clip of Phoebe...saw a Tree sway up the Point...went to check...but quiet...and a tent at Creek's End!...hmmph...had thought to sit awhile at Owl Log...picked up, and being diverted, thought to go out through Bobcat Meadow..and check for mail....at the Artist's Grove, I found something like Mushrooms on a Pine...pic...and looking at my pocket watch that hangs from my camera bag, I realized I didn't have time to go to Post Office..so headed back...and startled Bear out of the Apple Tree on the River side of the Boardwalk...missed this clip...didn't press record button!...have done this error twice of late...lost some Owl clips....it's hard to keep one's wits!....anyway, I did get some clips of Bear moving through the high grasses...and watched Bear swim across the Merced just below Sentinel Bridge...water too deep here to wade!...but clip is taken in way too low light....a couple walking by had seen Bear earlier...'he ran out from the Old House, and went the way you had gone!'..they were photogs, photographing Half Dome in the gloaming while we talked...and took note of my gear, I'm sure!...I had heard a loud branch break sound when at the Twin Cedars....and later, the Tree swaying, I'm thinking, was Bear....Oak Bear, I think..tag and collar....a very nice Bear!...so, in the sometime que is Coyote and Mountain Blue Birds and some scenics!....maybe tomorrow's post...sunny hot blue, hereabout and thereabout in the Meadows...nearly everyone on the Hiker's Bus raised there hand when asked if they saw Bears in the Valley...didn't see any on ride up or back...on the Bus, tourist photog bedeviled me with question about cameras...and we were scolded for noisy competition with the narration...twice!...'move to the back of the Bus'...hmmph!....

Link of the Day: (I can never seem to get days off for this!)
http://theeasternslope.blogspot.com/2009/08/parsons-lodge-13th-annual-poetry.html

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