Tuesday, May 11, 2010

face to face with a bear



Ok, so no need to panic... our face-to-face time with the bear was under a completely controlled situation. On the weekend we headed up the Grouse Mountain gondola to enjoy the city night views as the sun was setting. Once up there, we decided to try and catch a glimpse of the resident grizzly bears Grinder and Coola, two orphaned bears in the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of them (not sure which) before he slumped over and started snoring (this bear is apparently quite a loud snorer)... not sure where the other one was. Apologies for the dark pictures, but the sun had already set by the time we got up there... and having a camera flashing in a big bear's face, didn't seem like the best idea.

19 comments:

Stacey said...

Oh, a sleeping snoring bear, super cute. I agree, no flash in a bear's face, ever. :)

Clockwork Lemon said...

I've seen those cuties before.. they are HUGE now. They were just lil cubs when we first saw them

lavenderdreams4ever said...

Oh wow! They sure are cute! Especially when they're on the other side of the fence!

Frannie said...

Wow, Grouse Mountain is beautiful.
I have to agree, no flash in a bear's face.

DK said...

I would have turned the flash off too lol. Cute pictures regardless :)

Sarah Knight said...

: )
I would definitely not be using a camera flash in a bear's face unless I had armour and a three foot plexiglass wall between us.

Sounds like an interesting experience!

Kate said...

I lived in Canada for about 5 years, and travelled all over from and to this day I still never saw a bear... we even went to the local dump in search of one (desperate times mean desperate measures!) I mean if/ when I actually come across one, I'll probably die, but oh they are so cute! :) good plan on the no flash!

our little love nest said...

So awesome!! My aunt who lives near Penticton, BC, had a bear family living in the land behind her home. She could see the daddy or mommy bear throwing the baby bear up in the air and catching it like they were playing from her kitchen window. I loved hearing her stories about them. Have a great day! xo

Almost Precious said...

Smart call about keeping the flash off. But even without the flash your photos look great, if I tried that with my little canon powershot it would look like I took a photo of a black piece of paper...in a closet...with the lights off!
Yeah I bet a bear could really do some serious snoring. LOL

Annette said...

That's an awesome view of the city!! Glad you didn't wake the bear with a flash but just think what a great blog post it would have made, lol!!!

geschichtenvonkat said...

LOL...all i saw was the title in my little blog roll feed and i did panic! glad all is well ;)

what a great thing to have a refuge for animals like these!

cupcakebomb said...

Wow! How nice! I'd like to hear bear snore someday... but def in a controlled situation. ;)

Jenni said...

Such a beautiful view! I can only imagine how enjoyable the gondola ride was. Good call on the no flash in the bears face..lol! :)

Plantress said...

I just want to be able to say "oh yes, I took the grouse mountain gondola this evening to watch the sun set". Sounds quite posh! So we used to go over to the dump at night to watch the brown bears. Great date night, huh?

lisaroy said...

What a great view! I'm still waiting to come face to face with a bear since our place is in the woods - not yet thank goodness!

janyclaire said...

Your last pic reminds me of where I grew up- Sitka, Alaska. We often had brown bears and grizzly bears lazily stroll through our neighborhood- kinda scary but pretty cool!

Diana said...

You know, I've never been to Grouse Mountain, and I've lived in Vancouver for almost 6 years. Is that shameful?

My Life Under the Bus said...

We have black bears strolling through our woods. Once winter is over we run from the car to the house just in case they are hiding and waiting for us ! EEEK !

passport in my pocket said...

great post! we have a lot of black bears up here. I've never been to that refuge, but maybe I should schedule a trip for my work :)

thanks for sharing!