Fun Friday: A Simulated Cat Nap!

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from Hallo Bay, Alaska, the site of yesterday’s bear fight images. As fall quickly approaches, the coastal brown bears experience “hyperphasia”, a term that defines the insatiable need for the bears to gorge on food and put on as many pounds as possible so that they can endure the upcoming hibernation. During this period of time, it is quite an amazing sight to watch the bears catching and gorging on fish until they must lie down and take a “cat nap”, like this adult bear is doing:

Brown Bear napping along Clint's Creek

On more than one occasion, our small group would be hiking along the crude trail in the woods, when we would run across a napping bear on the trail. With no other way back to our destination (camp, or our boat) we would have to sit down and wait for the bear to wake up and move, before we could resume our hike. Fortunately, the bear would awaken and waddle off within about an hour … so we could be on our merry way again … although it was in the dark, at least once! Ya gotta love it!  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 10D body
  • Canon EF 300mm, f/2.8 IS lens + Canon 2X TC (total of 600mm)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/80 sec.



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