A grizzly bear in the fireweed

Last weekend I came across this grizzly bear late in the day along the Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40).  He first came out of the forest on the high side of the hill and traveled through this patch of fireweed before slipping back into the woods.

He was in the trees briefly before continuing down the hill and coming to the road.

Meeting the pavement, he crossed straightaway – which is always a bit of uncertainty given the wildcard of a speeding vehicle.  However this time the four vehicles nearby were all pulled over and no other traffic came so he had no issues.

Dark clouds rolled in and he disappeared down the bank so that ended the short visit.  I headed up to Highwood Pass and watched the weather scrape over the mountains for a bit. Note: that is a great place to enjoy watching the land – the elevation, jagged peaks, often fast-moving clouds and ever-changing weather combine endlessly.  When I drove back down, I found the bear further up the road in hillside of brambles feasting on buffalo berries.  Failing light and falling rain softened the scene and made finding the bear and getting sharp images a challenge but I was grateful for another short visit with this beautiful bruin.

 

11 responses

  1. Fantastic shooting Christopher, every time I come to your site I am amazed.

    August 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm

  2. He is a beautiful creature, looks like he has lots of feasting to do. The fireweed made for a great addition to the overall image. Congrats on the great captures!

    August 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm

  3. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    August 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

  4. Awesome, but be careful! There’s that Revenant movie!

    August 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

  5. Pingback: A grizzly bear in the fireweed – Joaquin's fotografie

  6. Always a treat to stop by your posts, Christopher! Do bears sense the urgency of the season to fill up on calories before they hibernate? Are they more grumpy? Or is the more dangerous time of year when mommas are out with their cubs?

    August 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

  7. Thank you very much Christopher, I’m a nature lover so I love your Amazing photos. These in fact fill my heart full of hopeness, because in a place near my home (in Italy) the politicians decided to kill a mother-bear, because it seems she attacked a man that was walking down a trail near house. Thank you very much.

    August 14, 2017 at 2:29 am

  8. What a treat to have this virtual visit with this beautiful animal. Thank you!
    Alison

    August 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm

  9. amazing shots –

    August 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm

  10. Great photo’s!

    August 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

  11. Amazing captures Christopher! I love how the bear wandered through the fire weed and then right in front of you on the road. Amazing country out there.

    August 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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