Two Staffords camping…

and instinctual warning.

 

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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people never get to see a bear in the wild. I consider myself very lucky to have seen nine on my camping trip so far. Granted a couple were a little too close for comfort but being with someone who has had a lot of experience around them has been invaluable. It may have even stopped me from being lunch for a Grizzly!

This black bear, number seven, was brought to our attention by my Staffordshire Bull Terriers as he ambled by our camp, hidden by thick growth, a mere 20 paces away.

Their behavior has changed since their first bear encounter and now with noses in the air and throaty growls we know that we are in the presence of a bear.

Game little dogs those staffys and as always, I am amazed by their instincts.

 

Street…

from a campground…

DSC_9896-Edit.jpgSeeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.

Andre Kertesz

I don’t often focus my lens on people but occasionally something draws me in and I’m compelled to capture that moment.

Street photography has always felt a little invasive to me. A little like capturing private moments publicly shared. I will often observe but won’t usually capture the image.

Campgrounds are full of these intimate moments and a long lens brings them closer yet.

This moment seemed to capture the essence of camping. Nature leaving its imprint on man…