First off, a shout out to Unknown Mami and her meme Sundays in My City. Check it out to go visit all kinds of cool places around the world.
I would like to think that I put the wild into wildlife photography, but I'm afraid today I am going to have to admit I have a somewhat inflated image of myself. For instance, the photo of the bear below was indeed taken in Yellowstone National Park: with about 200 other people around, from a paved road that was about 20-25 feet away from the bear, with a ranger clapping at it so it wouldn't come any closer. Not exactly hiking into the back country / dropping my pack to slow the bear down type of image I like to build up. Still, it is a cool shot especially since the ranger said bears are hardly seen in Yellowstone anymore.
That's because they're in our neighborhood. Oh, yeah. That's right. See the photo of the trash below. That's the second time this week the darn bear has spread trash all over our lawn. And are we bright enough to put the trashcan in the garage? No. In fact, I'll admit it, I'm not even brave enough to go out and sit in the car at 9 o'clock at night waiting for Mr. Trashcan tipper. Nope. Not even will all that metal around me will I be out to get a shot of this bear. (He is a black bear like the one in Yellowstone. One of neighbors has a video of this bear digging through his trash. He wants to keep it private, so I can't share the link.) However, my husband, bless his soul, came up with the most brialliant idea. He thought we could get a webcam and set up an infrared beam and videotape the bear when he trips the beam. So now we're trying to decide if we should go into hock for this camera. Eat for a month or buy a camera. See what tough decisions I'm left with in these hard times.