Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 28 – #7 Catch Me If You Can

on February 9, 2014

7 Catch Me If You Can 7 Catch Me If You Can-2 7 Catch Me If You Can-3Following up with another set of photos from Bearadise Ranch in Myakka, FL of a Grizzly Bear running directly at my camera.  Catch me if you can – well with this bear running after you – not only would it catch you, but you would probably be lunch.  Bears are incredibly fast (black bears and grizzlies can run as fast as a horse, about 50 km/h).  For 50 or 100 yards a Grizzly can go faster than any horse, and keep it up indefinitely and up hill.    Oh and if you did not know – they can climb quite well too.

Now, please do not think there was any danger. This was taken with a long lens and I was behind a fence.  These bears were in their environment and playing with each other.  The bears seemed to enjoy playing in the water, splashing and clawing and biting a tree branch.  There are fish in the small pond which I was told the occasionally catch.  Occasionally one would break into a run, and this time it was in my direction.

I will say, I needed both a short lens for the times the bears are right at the fence (17mm) and the long zoom for when they were off in the water (250 – 400mm) and the romping in the grass (260mm).

For people who are looking at doing a photo tour, please contact James Corwin Johnson at A Photo Experience on Clark Road in Sarasota (941 – 922-1800).  He will working with Bearadise Ranch in setting up some tours and classes in wildlife photography.  He will coordinate with Bearadise for Camera Clubs.

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7 responses to “Week 28 – #7 Catch Me If You Can

  1. gwong1 says:

    Sue, right place at the right time. Great shots as usual. Hoping we can take LWRDPC here as well. Gary

  2. tnwaltz says:

    I am dying to go. It isn’t often that one gets to see bears in the wild.

    • Sue Karski says:

      You are right and especially Grizzly Bears. This is a whole lot cheaper and easier than traveling to the usual places we think for Grizzly Bears – such as Yellowstone NP in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Canada.
      I will say, I needed both a short lens for the times the bears are right at the fence (17mm) and the long zoom for when they were off in the water (250 – 400mm) and the romping in the grass (260mm).

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