Thursday, October 13, 2011

Grizzlies, and other local animals.

It is at this time of year here that grizzly bears ( and other brown bears, black bears) intersect with humans as both are fishing for salmon. Also hunters out for their deer, elk, or moose, may have a bear come after them to steal their kills. As you know, I am interested in words, and the word grizzly first came in 1815, as a description of the color of the hair on this species of bear, being somewhat grey or silver. Unfortunately when it came to the official naming of the bear the lad couldn't spell, so he called it grisly (=causing a shudder or feeling of horror: gruesome ) ; hence the latin scientific "Ursus arctos horribilis" . In actual fact, both words apply!
Alpacas. "Excuse Me?"


Local Ostriches
Watch out! Bears like salmon too!
I never photographed a grizzly, but an enterprising nature-lover photographed one recently, fishing for salmon on a river near Vancouver, by fastening a motion activated video camera to a tree, and calculated it was there for five hours! We saw it on TV this morning.....He was fishing for cougar, but caught a grizzly by mistake!

1 comment:

Filip Demuinck said...

You should certainly not come to close to a Grizzly. Why is my zoom working so well today? And it is too late.