PAY ATTENTION!!!


This isn’t the greatest photograph I’ve taken, there’s a lot of motion blur but I’ve posted it more to tell a story than as a good photographic image. I have been around 4 legged animals all my life, being fortunate to have worked as a ranch hand, in the State Forest as a forest warden and as a keeper in a zoo. I have worked with a range of animals from penguins to polar bears to elephants and have studied their language intently.
If you will look at this bear closely you will notice that he is giving clues that he is becoming agitated and is trying to get away from the cause of that agitation (us tourists). I have posted a couple other images of this bear and you will notice that in those images the bear’s lips are held loosely, ears are up, eyes are open wide and his back and shoulders are flat—he looks calm. In this image the bear’s lips are held tight, ears are back, eyes are intent and focused, shoulders are hunched and back bowed—he is not a happy camper. Most 4 legged animals do not like to confront humans and will do all they can to avoid us but if pressed they will defend themselves in the only way they know how. Just after taking this shot I had to grab a young lady that was intent on getting closer to this bear, she had no clue that this was a wild animal and would defend itself. She seemed amazed when I told her that if she pressed this animal that it was well within his power to kill her with one swipe of his paw.
As much as I would love to have my photographs published internationally please don’t be the subject of a journalistic image of a wild animal attacking a stupid human. When in their world listen to what they have to say—*They do speak volumes just pay attention.*
OK I’m off my soapbox now.
Photo captured at Paradise Lodge, Mount Rainier National Park.

PAY ATTENTION!!!

Bryan Peterson

Gig Harbor, United States

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