Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hike Pic

Here's a blurry pic from my hike today (the Rocky Mount hike in the Shenandoah National Park). I heard one bear but didn't see it, and had three bear glimpses--probably one bear glimpsed three times, but possibly two or even three distinct animals.

The pic isn't good, obviously, but it's the best one I've ever managed to get of a bear in the backcountry of the SNP--those suckers really light out when they see you. I was using my brand new Sigma 70-300 lens on my Canon digital rebel XT, and the light was too low and the bear was too fast for the autofocus + big lens. I got to see the bear sitting on his butt scratching his ears before he heard the shutter click and decided to take off, but--damn cute as it was--there was no way to get a decent pic of it.


Blogger matthew christman said...

You weren't hiking the Appalachin trail, were you? Should we await the press conference?

10:50 PM  
Blogger The Mystic said...


8:28 AM  
Anonymous The Dark Avenger said...

I have a Lumix from Panasonic which I received from Professor Avenger for my 50th birthday.

Iy has such a fast shutter speed that I can take pictures of birds flying or landing in trees, or other wildlife on the quick, if you're into that sort of thing.

Here's my Flickr photostream, enjoy!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Cool pix, DA, thanks for sharing 'em.

Uh...what's the 'P' for?

7:58 AM  
Anonymous The Dark Avenger said...

It's from the numbering system used by the camera software for the pictures, which means I didn't bother to retitle some of them, alas ;-)

9:48 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

No, I mean the giant 'P' on the hill.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

And, Matthew, you'll note that there is a BLUE blaze clearly visible in the pic--but as everyone knows, the AT has WHITE blazes! I rest my case...

Though at least half of the hikes in the SNP involve at least CROSSING the AT at some point...

Incidentally, I can't believe that "hiking the Appalachian Trail" will be slang with any staying power...

3:05 PM  
Anonymous The Dark Avenger said...

Oh, that P.

It stands for Porterville, the little dusty city in the San Joaquin Valley where I grew up and now live with my noble spouse and our three dogs, Wung-Wung, Jippy, and Papong Jedi Highlander.

(The last two, Jippy and Papong, are seen in the "We don't want any trouble, see?" photo)

3:14 PM  

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