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Searching for Food - for Rick Price

Searching for Food - for Rick Price
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2008-04-25 7:47
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I have dedicated this shot to Rick Price (Adnac)who has brought us such excellent postings from Western Canada, Alaska and NW USA (usually starting with....I just happened to see...).

Continuing my vists to each continent this week, today I am posting a shot I took in Yellowstone a couple of years ago. I would like to say, that after hours of patient and careful tracking we found this Grizzly, not long out of hibernation, searching for food amongst the remains of the great fire of 1988.

Unfortunately, the truth is more prosaic - we stopped for the inevitable bear Jam! (Similar to the cat jams in the Kruger).

This was taken with my 300mm 2.8 + 1.4x converter. The location was at the Tower end of the Mammoth Hot Springs - Tower road.

The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), also known as the silvertip bear, is a subspecies of brown bear (Ursus arctos) that lives in the uplands of western North America.

Normally a solitary active animal, in coastal areas the grizzly congregates alongside streams, lakes, and rivers during the salmon spawn. Every other year females, (sows) produce one to four young (most commonly two) which are small and weigh only about 500 grams (one pound). A sow is very protective of her offspring and will attack if she thinks she is being threatened.
Grizzly bears reach weights of 180680 kilograms (4001,500 pounds) and stand 2.44 m (10 ft) tall on their hind legs; males are on average 38% larger than females. This sexual dimorphism suggests that size is an important factor in the male's ability to successfully compete for and attract breeding opportunities. Their coloring ranges widely across geographic areas, from blond to deep brown or red. These differences, once attributed to subspeciation, are now thought to be primarily due to the different environments these bears inhabit, particularly with regard to diet and temperature.

The grizzly has a large hump over the shoulders, which is a muscle mass used to power the forelimbs in digging. The head is large and round with a concave facial profile. In spite of their massive size, these bears can run at speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour). However, they are slower running downhill rather than uphill because of the large hump of muscle over the shoulders.

Grizzlies can be distinguished from most other brown bear subspecies by their proportionately longer claws and cranial profile which resembles that of the polar bear. Compared to other North American brown bear subspecies, a grizzly's pelt is silver tipped and is smaller in size. This size difference is due to the lesser availability of food in the grizzlies landlocked habitats. They are similar in size, color and behavior to the Siberian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos collaris).

Most notable in Yellowstone have been the interactions between gray wolves and grizzly bears. Since the reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone, many lucky visitors have witnessed a once common struggle between a keystone species, the grizzly bear, and its historic rival, the gray wolf. The interactions of U. arctos horribilis with the wolves of Yellowstone have been under considerable study. Typically, the conflict will be over a carcass, which is commonly an elk killed by wolves. The grizzly bear will use its strong sense of smell to locate the kill first. Then the wolves and grizzly will play a game of cat and mouse. One wolf may try to distract the bear while the others feed. The bear then may retaliate by chasing the wolves. If the wolves become aggressive with the bear it is normally in the form of careful nips at its hind legs. Thus, the bear will sit down and ease its ability to protect itself in a full circle. Rarely do interactions such as these end in death or serious injury to either animal. One carcass simply isn't usually worth the risk to the wolves if the bear has the upper hand (due to strength and size) or to the bear (if the wolves are too numerous or persistent). Over time, it seems the grizzly bears have benefited from the presence of the gray wolf because of increased food availability.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-25 8:20]

Hola James.
Muy bella foto de este gran Oso Grizzly. buscando comida en su medio ambiente natural. Finos colores y hermosos lor troncos de los arboles secos que le dan a la presentacion un gran contenido.
Rick is going to be happy for this present.
Saludos James.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-25 8:36]

Hi James,
A very fitting tribute to Rick! I think the setting is as much of a star as the Grizzly here, what a great looking place. Good strong colours and details from a great POV, well done.

Lovely natural shot of the bear, the colours are excellent, the composition superb...tfs

A lovely shot of this acrobatic bear with nice colors and compositon my friend James.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-04-25 9:11]

Hi James,

A nice capture of this grizzly,I hope to see the european variant later this week as I will travel to kuhmo finland next week,well compose capture tfs


Hello James,

For a wild bear, this one is performing great tricks by balancing on logs.
You have composed the bear nicely in the space and have captured interesting details.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello James,

I read first of all your notes. They are very interesting. And with that wisdom, I will examine your photograph now (-:
Your shot has a famous clarity, is razorsharp and ful of fine details. The composition is very original. It is fine that you've dedicated this photo to Rick. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB


Strange to see an animal that you would imagine to be cumborsome to be acting in such with a delicate pose. Also strange that you have tales of being so close to my neighbourhood considering your travels. Mr Haynes has told me that you also spent time near our neck of the woods yourself. If you ever pass through Dorset again soon then maybe we could all meet up ?


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-25 12:57]

Hi James. Firstly thanks for the interesting notes. A nice dedication to are good frien Rick i am sue he will love it. So good to see the bear in its natural suroundings. you have good colours and detail. He looks as if he need a good feed after the long winter sleep. TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-25 13:13]

Hi James,

Perfect dedication to Rick - looks like something he would just happen to meet up with. I wasn't lucky enough to see a Grizzly in Yellowstone. I love the way he is walking on the dead tree. Great shot and a wonderful setting.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-25 13:54]

Hi James,
Superb image of this wonderfull bear. TFS.

Hello James
I am sorry that I have missed much of your work over the last week.
This is an amazing capture and needs a bit more time to critique and appreciate it along with your weeks postings..(I do like to write a lengthy crit!!)...
Ps My son starts work in the job we spoke of on Monday.
All the Best James

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-25 16:05]
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Hello James! What is a bear or cat jam? Anyway, this is a very nice dedication to James because he loves bears so much! And your picture is stunning, with this bear walking among the dead trees looking for food. It's nice to have to whole view instead of a close-up on the animal. I also like the colours, vivid yet all these grey trees for a contrast. You always make superb pictures, I really appreciate it. Thank you,


Very interesting image, James.
Rule of thirds is very known among Grizzly bears apparently as this one seems to be very cooperative.
Educational note as always...
Well done

hello James

WOW ! what a great shot of this Grizzly Bear
on his natural habitat, fine POV, framing and DOF,
excellent luminosity of the image, great sharpness and details,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-25 19:07]

Hello James,
What a great honor you bestow on me first you are my neighbour and then this wonderful image of my favorite of all animals from someone that I admire and respect greatly. This great animal searching for his next meal amoung the gray remains of trees and all that fresh green grass. Wonderful thank you very much James.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-25 22:06]

Hello James

Lovely lighting and colours for this wonderful image.
The focus is sharp with excellent detail.
Nicely captured in a wild setting.
The POV and DOF are super.
Great camera work,I am sure Rick will love it.


Hi James, Fine composition of this bear in the dry trees.
Very nice pose, color, light, and sharp detail.
Tfs Richard

Hi James,

What an experience so and wild bear been seeying in the nature.
Good capture of the bear in his habitat.


Hi James,

Very nice shot of Grizzly Bear is search of food. Very good pose, BG and composition, sharp details and natural colours.



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-26 3:33]

Hello James, A long and very big note and nice composition. I am sure it is searching for something and that too lonely. Ganesh

I can't help but wonder, is it the Bear that's small or is it the trees that are dwarfing it?
As usual, James, an excellent shot...I love the beautiful light, the shadows and the overall composition...
Thanks you!

Hi James!

This nicely captured bear would look nice by itself also, but in this very interesting environment it looks ever better! I like your notes all the time, they make the experience complete together with the shot. There's some background information in your notes that is in connection with the specific situation but always has general means too. TFS!

Best regards,

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of this grizzly. An excellent composition with very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

wow...You are a brave man..... I think I came across one in my wilderness but cannot declare because of poor lighting, but others had also reported that night and had seen....scares the living blood from me. We have them close by and they are NOT predictable....at all...my small 22 would make it laugh harder before it shredded me!

Such shots amaze me. These are creatures we don't really ever expect to see. Absolutely beautiful!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-26 12:30]

Hi James,
nice shot of this Grizzly!
A perfect dedication to Rick who loves these animals!
As sharp as ever with great detail.
I love the dead burnt tree trunks.
Very well done!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-26 22:24]

Hi James,
Wonderful shot of this Grizzly looking out for food among those zig-zag logs. Fine action moment captured with very impressive sharpness and nice colours. Perfect lighting and I like the natural setting. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi James
Great wildlife observation. Natural surrrounding and great tree trunks I like it very much

Hi James,

I will never catch up with all the postings you made while I was away. I picked this one because I am so familiar with that part of Yellowstone Park and might have photographed the same bear! I also picked this one because you took it with your 300mm f2.8. You mentioned that you had it in for repair??? What happened? This is on my mind because we just posted our same lens to Canon today! While in Yellowstone it met with an accident. When my husband's tripod fell over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! his camera was shattered but we thought the lens was spared. Now we're seeing a lack of sharpness at certain distances...about like what you shot here. I hope it can be fixed. How long did it take to get it back? We will need it in September.

Take care,
Evelynn : )

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