Black Bears in the Mist

January 24, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

When I saw this black bear appear in the mists of an Alaskan rain forest, I immediately came up with the title: Black Bear in the Mist.

Based on Diane Fossey's book "Gorilla's in the Mist"; which was published in 1983; she lived among the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda for 17 years to document their lives and protest the poaching of gorillas for their fur and hands. 

She paid the ultimate price when she was murdered with a machete at her camp in Rwanda two years after the book came out.

This Alaskan rain forest in the images sees its fair share of mist.

Mist is formed when the air meets a cooler surface, such as in this case when the humid air meets the cold glacier-fed river.  The (invisible) water in the warmer air suddenly turns to visible droplets as the air cools.

The result is an enchanting mist, and sometimes, a black bear cooperates by walking into the gloomy, misty panorama.

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Muddy paw prints

 


Looking for salmon

That "wall" of sticks in the background is ... a gigantic beaver dam!

 

 

A bald eagle follows the bear's movements, perhaps in the hopes of snatching up some salmon left-overs

 

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