Glacier Park Photographer

Glacier Park Photographer
Chief Mountain, Fall Colors - © tonybynum.com

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sping Grizzly Encounter and Whitewater!

In the last week overnight lows have been in the mid 30's which means spring is here. Recently I made a trip up Many Glacier's and while on my climb I ran across a sow grizzly and her new, young of the year cub - that's always a little nerve racking!

Fortunately everything turned out fine. The encounter added hour or so to my decent of Altyn Mountain. Just as I was down off the steep slopes I saw the bears cross about 100 yards in front of me and directly in line with my route off the mountain. Because of the cliffs and direction I planned to go, the only way out was back up the mountain a ways, and then across the face and back down a steep chute to the road.

There was enough snow in the chute to glassade down a fair bit which helped me make up some lost time. When I returned to the vehicle, with the light fading fast, I glassed the bear and cub about 250 yards from where I first saw them. I was a bit lucky because had I stayed on my original decent path, I would have passed with in yards of them. Lucky for all of us everything turned out great!


I also spend a few hours shooting whitewater kayakers on the Flathead River. It's great fun photographing sports, particularly one's that are as colorful and exiting as whitewater. Well, that's all for now, have a great spring! I'll update in a few days. . .



Cheers!

Tony
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