Company In The Night

My flash caught them looking at me.  I hold the camera away from my face, off to the side, when using the flash a night, so that I can see all the eyes up in the trees, and in the periphery, too.  The light in the view finder messes up my night vision, so I hold it away from myself and don’t look at it. However, when the flash goes, I can see all the eyes, and glowing things for an instant.   To the right, up high, out of the frame, are a ‘possum’s red eyes looking like a vampire, suspended … creepy.  Whenever I turned the camera in his direction, he ducked his head behind the tree trunk, or a large branch.  I’m not sure who the down low red eyes belong to.  They were in several frames, then disappeared, though the green and yellow eyes of the deer were joined by a few more.

I seem to have quite a bit of company  ⓒBearspawprint2015  4.1.2015

I seem to have quite a bit of company ⓒBearspawprint2015 4.1.2015




Deep Water

We are Rowing
Rowing out to sea

Do you see me
Do you see me
Do you do you
Do you see me

I am wearing
I am wearing
My safety water wings

You have a motor
A motor
You have a motor
A big outboard motor

But we are rowing
Rowing out to sea
I have my water wings
To help me fly from the sea

There is much danger
There is much danger
In complacency

Bear … 08.08.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

Rainy Day Blooms

Rainy Friday yielded Spring blossoms blooming in the rain or falling down to be captured by photos.  The rain has washed the pollen from the surfaces so that the colors can be seen.  Just before the rain EVERYTHING was green with pollen. Or brown with the fallen oak flowers.  The fuzzy brown caterpillar-looking things in the picture with trumpet flowers are oak tree flowers which bloom brown.

In some of the higher hammocks the wild azaleas, actually a rhododendron, are blooming.   Wild azaleas are more delicate than their showier domestic cousins, with an ethereal soft pink color.

Bear … 03.29.2014



Walk In The Woods With Bear



Shale Formations Identified To House Nuclear Waste —- Now What???

So now even areas that we thought were safe from mining operations are to be contaminated by reverse-mines?  Is everywhere


We are all relatives.    Bear


USGS Newsroom

Technical Announcement: U.S. Shale Formations Might Safely House Nuclear Waste Released: 7/23/2013 11:00:00 AM

Contact Information: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey   Office of Communications and Publishing 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119 Reston, VA  20192

Shale and other clay-rich rock formations might offer permanent disposal solutions for spent nuclear fuel, according to a new paper by the U.S. Geological Survey. There is currently about 70,000 metric tons of this spent fuel in temporary storage across the United States.While no specific sites have been evaluated for storage potential in the United States, USGS scientists have looked at several research efforts, including projects that are underway in France, Belgium and Switzerland to confirm that shale formations in those countries are favorable for hosting nuclear waste repositories.

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Stop killing United States black bears

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called Black bear and cubs in hibernation – BBC wildlife.

March 2011. Throughout the United States, American black bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. New York is home to 6,000 to 7,000 black bears and is one of only five states that allow the free trade in bear gallbladders and bile. Born Free USA has helped draft a landmark bill introduced to the senate that would protect bears from poaching and profiteering by prohibiting the commercial trade in bear gallbladders and bile in New York State: here.

Black bears show counting skills on computers: here.

Opposition to bear farms in China: here.

Bears ‘commit suicide’ to escape horror of gall bile farms: here.

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Formosan Clouded Leopard Declaired Extinct


Clouded Leopard Declared Extinct in Taiwan

Douglas Main, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer –         May 01, 2013        07:53 PM ET
A Formosan cloud leopard, now extinct in Taiwan.

                            A Formosan clouded leopard, now extinct in Taiwan. CREDIT: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

The Formosan clouded leopard, a clouded-leopard subspecies native to Taiwan, is now extinct, according to a team of zoologists.

“There is little chance that the clouded leopard still exists in Taiwan,” zoologist Chiang Po-jen told Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA). “There may be a few of them, but we do not think they exist in any significant numbers.”

Zoologists from Taiwan and the United States have looked for the animal on and off since 2001, to no avail. To see if any of the animals remained, the researchers set up about 1,500 infrared cameras and scent traps in the Taiwanese mountains but found nothing.

Now, the only one left in the country is a stuffed specimen at the National Taiwan Museum, zoologist Liu Jian-nan told CNA. There are two live clouded leopards at Taipei Zoo, but they are an imported subspecies from Southeast Asia.

The range of clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) spans from the hills of the Himalayas to Southeast Asia to China. The animals are known for the patches on their fur that resemble clouds. They also sport fangs larger than those of any other feline.

In 2006, research revealed that clouded leopards found in the Sunda Islands of Southeast Asia — which which include Borneo, Java, Sumatra and Bali — were a separate species, now known as Sunda clouded leopards (Neofelis diardi).

Formosan clouded leopards, which were not thought to be a separate species, have been driven to extinction by habitat destruction and illegal hunting for their skin and bones.

Feb 18—-World Oldest (known) Bird Still (She is at least 62) Hatching Chicks and Circumnavigating Pacific Ocean

World’s Oldest-Known Wild Bird Hatches Another Chick Released: 2/4/2013 4:33:23 PM

Contact Information: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey   Office of Communications and Publishing 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119 Reston, VA  20192

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Wisdom’s mate tends to his newly hatched chick just hours after it hatches on Sunday

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Wisdom & Mate

Wisdom & Mate

After returning from foraging at sea on November 29, 2012, Wisdom (left) attempts to nudge her mate

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MIDWAY ATOLLA Laysan albatross known as “Wisdom” – believed to be at least 62 years old – has hatched a chick on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge for the sixth consecutive year.

During the morning hours on Sunday, the chick was observed pipping its way into the world by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Pete Leary, who said the chick appears healthy. Wisdom was first banded in 1956, when she was incubating an egg in the same area of the refuge. She was at least five years old at the time.

“Everyone continues to be inspired by Wisdom as a symbol of hope for her species,” said Doug Staller, the Fish and Wildlife Service superintendent for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Monument), which includes Midway Atoll NWR.

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