This really happened.
I go to Colorado every summer to enjoy the mountains, the rivers and to fly fish. It restores my soul, feeds my spirit, and heightens my connection with God.
So, a friend said to me regarding my upcoming trip, “I’d really like to get a picture of a bear. Could you get a selfie with you and a bear in the background?”
I said, “A bear in the back ground?”
My friend, “Yes, just far enough in front of the bear so you’re out of danger.”
Then me “Out of danger? Seriously? How far would that need to be?”
My friend, “I don’t know, I guess enough so if the bear charges then you would have time to get in the car, or something.”
Then me, “Or something?”
I’m not sure about this and have some questions:
- How do you get a bear to stop and face the camera?
- What’s a safe distance and how do I measure it?
- What if the bear attacks and I can’t find my keys?
- Does anyone know how to Photoshop a bear?
- What’s exactly is a selfie?
- Do bears like eating old slow guys?
I Can Imagine
I can imagine being out in the forest, among the trees, with a river behind me, and a bear a half mile away. Sure, picture that. Snap that one. It’ll be one for the books.
It’s not that I’m afraid or anything. After all, I’m an outdoorsy guy, mostly. I’m a naturalist and an avid fly fisherman, I relish the outdoor life with the high mountain air. That’s where I thrive and long to be. All I need is my trusty fly rod, a good pair of wading boots, and a lovely, comfortable, well stocked cabin that’s never out of eyesight.
I’ve been in the Colorado mountains many times. I’ve seen rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, deer, elk, antelope and a wolf or two. I’ve never seen a bear.
I wonder, would this do?