Following 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.