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.