View, from the Mammoth Crest Trail behind Wood’s Lodge, looking out southeast and east up to Duks Pass. This is a five shot pano, merged from 5 vertical shots in Adobe Photoshop 5. I was headed up to the top of the Crest at 10,200 feet but the storm to the right moved in and I didn’t want to be stuck up there with the lightning.
Our nightly visitor, a very different bear this year, who we have appropriately named, Knows No Fear”, convinced us last night, he is not like the bears we’ve previously encountered at the cabin. The bears that used to visit had fear of humans. They’d run off if I got too close with my camera. This one, though not mean (yet), definitely knows he is the boss and that whatever he wants is his for the taking. He is fearlessly inquisitive. Thank God he didn’t know (couldn’t smell) we had lots of food in the cabin.
We hear Knows No Fear, climbing up the tree. My camera was ready. Once he was engaged and eating the remnants of the bird seed, I not so quietly opened the locked glass slider door and squeaky screen door. Hence the look. Ray was angry…..telling me NOT to open the doors. I said, “It’s ok, he is eating and won’t care that I’ve shoved my camera through the 4 inch door opening.” Well I was right (this time) and Knows No Fear didn’t flinch when repeated flashes went off.
But when Knows No Fear was finished eating, he was interested in us. Before this shot, after he finished with the bird seed, Knows No Fear turned and looked our way, moved off the banister onto the porch. Faster than ever, I closed and locked the glass door, because Ray was yelling, “Lock the door.” Knows No Fear came right up to the door, stood on his hind legs (my camera couldn’t focus and I missed that shot because I had focus on automatic and the camera kept searching for focus and wouldn’t fire), trying to get a better view of what was inside the cabin. I jumped back, my mind racing, hoping he wouldn’t try to break the door to get inside. Happily he got down on all fours and looked at us as pictured below and then walked off around the rest of the porch before climbing back down the tree.
Checking things out before his departure.
Don’t know why Ray looks so calm here. He WASN’T. Can you see the bear beginning to climb down the tree?
Where’s da deayyyya……ah, I mean where’s da beayyyyya! (Inside joke.)
I have had a psychic change in my comfort level around this bear. From now on I will nightly be cleaning out the bird feeders of any left over bird seed. I will not be opening the sliding glass door for the best shot of Know No Fear. I surrender, he wins. He is the boss and I respect him…..and want him to live.