Friday, November 27, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
For three years I've photo-captured bears climbing this rubbing tree. It 's about 14 inches in diameter and leans a bit. Cubs zip up and down the trunk, even on the underside, and adults occasionally tackle it too. It was a tree made for an arboreal camera trap, and promised a head-on view of a bear shimmying closer to the camera.
After hauling my aluminum extension ladder to the site in two pieces, I bolted two cameras on a 1" pipe lag-screwed to the tree with a threaded flange. With neighbor Ted passing the tools to and fro the installation wasn't life threatening. Here's a bear's eye view as seen from near the base. The cameras (a Browning and a GoPro) are 11.5' from the base and a vertical drop of 12'.
Bears visited the site 18 times, but only three looked up at the camera, and only the camera inspector climbed the tree.
To see the video copy this link https://vimeo.com/463652759 and paste it in your finder.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Travels with Gray Fox, Pt 1: On the trail from Chris Wemmer on Vimeo.
I've accumulated a pile of clips of gray foxes on trails, and decided it was time to make a fox movie. My apologies -- it's subtitled "On the trail". It's a bit of a workout making trail footage from trail cameras interesting. You have to use your imagination for nuanced perspectives. But occasionally the foxes supplied me with some surprises, and that helped.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Three Bears, Part 2 from Chris Wemmer on Vimeo.
I checked the camera only 9 hours after the bears had decamped, and the place looked different. The vegetation was trampled, the boulder was missing most of its moss, and there was bear dung.
I never expected bears to camp in front of a trail camera, but every now and then your camera is in the right place at the right time and the animals tell you things you didn't know.
Friday, January 4, 2019
This video is about a family of bears that turned up on my trail cameras early last summer.
I live about 8 miles above Paradise, literally and figuratively.
The communities of Paradise, Magalia, and Stirling City emerged in the slash and stump lands left by the Diamand Match Company in the mid-1900s, but the forests came back.
It's a great part of the state if you want to be close to nature. But Paradise can turn into hell when there's wildfire, as happened this year.
Camera trapping this family of bears gave me great pleasure, and I dedicate this video to the memory of a fellow codger and batch mate, teacher and school principal. Dave Schumaker (1940-2018) was a big man with a big voice, a big heart, and a big sense of humor. He also told great stories. He will be remembered for nurturing an interest in the natural world in thousands of students and practically everyone else he met.