Thursday, August 23, 2007
Does the wild bear soak in the creek?
Indeed she does, and you can't blame her. It's been hot here, and bear baths seem to be more about cooling off than personal hygiene.
Like . . . "Ahhhh...this sure feels good."
The bears here rarely bathe at night. Their visits to this creek, now just a series of pools, have been in the morning, around noon, or in late afternoon.
Last week I changed memory sticks in the creek cam, and found that three bears had visited the pool.
If you'll indulge my anthropomorphism, this selection from 27 pictures on August 1 tells the best story.
It was 12:40 PM when the camera woke up and started taking pictures. She was just settling in the pool.
After her initial luxuriation, she drank deeply of her bath water. (This is not recommended.)
"Oh no, there's that damn camera flashing at me again. Oh well. I'll ignore it for now. I can always check it out later."
"Wait a minute! What's that? I heard something . . ."
"Waaaahhhh! I'm outta here!"