Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Memories of Wildlife

Happy Tuesday to you! Last Saturday hubby and I took a drive out the Poudre Canyon, basically to see if we could spot any colors. The trip was a bust that way, but it made me remember other drives we've taken in the Canyon. Back in 2010, we decided to take such a drive and I couldn't believe that I spotted this bear; I told hubby he had to pull over so we could get pictures. I love having a telephoto lens just for that reason. It was so exciting to watch this guy and we were far enough away that we weren't in any danger.  I believe from the size that he was fairly young.

We stood watching him for an hour at least-so remarkable.  We've had friends that have lived here their whole life and not seen one; in fact, one friend was quite jealous.  Now if you know my friend KB, who lives up in the mountains, you know she gets them all the time along with a lot of other incredible wildlife.  This was the second time in our lives that we saw one; the first was when we lived in Ca. and were driving in one night to our cabin~one big old bear crossed the road in front of us.  I will say that time it was a bit scary.  When we went to Alaska 3 years ago, I watched and watched for some-to no avail.  I love seeing them from a distance and wouldn't want them around my yard.  I also remember going to Yosemite when I was about 6 yrs old and staying in a small cabin with my mom and dad.  Each night the bears would roam through the areas surrounding the cabins, looking for trash.  We could hear them and I think even saw them in the area.
I've also been thinking about the colors changing and I have a hankering to get up to Steamboat Springs for a night or so, we'll see if we can make it work.  I've walked already, finished washing some more windows and now going to look at a sewing project I need to finish.  Hubby will be gone all day until about 7:30 tonight, so I've got plenty of time to play.  I hope you have a great day today.
Joy to you!


  1. What a fun experience that must have been! It is good you were able to get such great photos too. I wonder if it is one of the same bears that KB often captures with her trail cameras.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  2. Cool! Nothing better than seeing wildlife
    Lily & Edward

  3. What a great adventure for you......loved the photos....bears are not my favorite animal....but one of God's creatures
    nevertheless. Enjoy your day.

  4. Oh Noreen, that bear is magnificent, but as you said being a safe distance away is what I like!
    You had some great photos of it!
    Hugs, Roxy

  5. Those are great photos, Noreen! What a wonderful moment! We lived near Yellowstone for 9 months and traveled every weekend looking for bear, but never saw one. However, we spent a few nights at Mark's mom's home several years ago, and had two bear sighting. One while we were hiking at Virginia Lake and the other while we were sleeping (rather awoken with a huge bear digging through the trash). Got a photo of the one at the lake, but the one on the porch was too quick and I only got a photo of his footprint. Fun memories! Praying all is well in your world. I'm sure it's cooling off and fall is making itself known! Blessings to you! Cindy xo

  6. I enjoyed your reminiscing of your bear encounters! Always wonderful to see them at a distance, and you got some great shots with that lens! Wildlife spotting is so sporadic, and you just never know when it will happen, usually at the times you are least prepared for it, lol! Sounds like you were having a lovely productive day so far, always fun to have time to play :) Hugs to you today!

  7. That was so awesome that you saw him. We have seen several up in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I would love to see some color change, hopefully you will see some soon and post some pictures!

  8. Hi Noreen! Great photos, and I agree with you wholeheartedly. I like bears...but at a distance! I can't imagine how freaked out I would be as a child hearing bears forage outside my window.
    You always have such lovely side trips planned, it's great that you and your husband are of the same mind. Hope you get to Steamboat for sure :)


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