Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This is being written from the comfort of my desk in Washington, where electricity comes out of the wall, water comes out of the faucet, toilets flush, using a public restroom isn't (usually) traumatic, and photos upload in a flash. Good thing, too, because I think that if I were uploading this small fraction of all the photos we took using my AK connection, I would be there still. Alok and Roger both got photos of many successful fisherbears. The most dramatic place they fish is up on the falls, catching the fish as they try to jump up to spawn. I always think from the fish's perspective, what an overwhelming disappointment that must be - it's not an easy jump to make, but to make it right into the mouth of a waiting bear. Argh! The bears that stake out the shallows also do well. Instead of waiting for the fish to jump out of the water, they put their faces in the water and try to snatch them as they swim by. There is a pecking order of these bears, something worked out by threats, bluffs, and sometimes, fights. Some bears are the undisputed champions and when they arrive, all the other bears scatter widely.