Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Together, a family in the woods.

(Yes, I have shared this oneΒ before, but if the image fits, I’m going with it πŸ˜€ )

Together, a parent was never too far away.

Together, an “ode” to love.

(true damselfly and dragonfly fans will get it ;-))


57 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

    • Too close! But not on purpose believe me. 50 to 75 feet max.

      I was camping and had just returned to my site after a mornings shooting. I was looking at my maps trying to decide where to go fishing until evening shooting light, and I heard a noise. When I looked up I thought, “Holy Crap!” Who hasn’t heard the stories of how protective a mother bear can be? I was torn between changing from the wide angle lens I had been using, to my 70-200, or getting the hell out of there. You can see which decision I went with πŸ˜‰ The mother seemed to be un-bothered by my presence and actually went back to sleep not long after this shot. I did keep sending “happy thoughts” to the cubs though. I knew that one sign of distress from them and I was going to get the beating of my life courtesy of mom.

      I can’t stress enough that I would NOT have gotten this close to a mother bear and her cubs on purpose. I also don’t recommend it to others either, for the safety of the bear. Yes I did say safety of the bear. In my opinion, if a person is dumb enough to get too close to a bear, or any other wild animal, just to get a photo, they deserve what they get. But the bear would likely end up paying the ultimate price and be shot. End of sermon!

    • Thanks Lucy! It’s an oldy (if you consider 4 years old) but a goody. It is still my favorite dragonfly / damselfly image. And I’ve been trying to top it, or at least equal it, ever since I made it. πŸ˜€

  1. I’ll go straight to my favorite: dragonfly / damselfly image. My one comment would be for closer cropping from the top to see if you achieve a little more visible impact of your subjects.

    • Thank you, and I’m glad you agree. Even though I used to be a hunter, but have since given it up to “hunt” with my camera, the idea that the bear would likely have been shot if I was stupid enough to have gotten too close does not sit well with me at all. Unfortunately too many people would blame the bear in a case like that.

  2. WOW – I just read your encounter with the bear. I was going to ask how you managed that shot. Now, I know. Good job on the photo taking. It’s beautiful. I stopped camping when we had bears rummage through our provisions when we forgot to bring them into our camper. It was at the Grand Canyon. I harrowing experience. They growl preety loud. I left the wilderness behind after that trip.
    Well …. thanks for posting this one. It brought back some interesting memories.

    • I’m just the opposite, I can’t wait to go back πŸ˜€ Of course if my wife comes along this time she wants to rent a cabin instead of staying in our tent. I just can’t figure out why πŸ˜‰

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