Bienvenue à Québec!

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Glenn Clabo, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Laurie and I went on a very relaxing holiday in beautiful Québec. We really enjoyed the relaxing time...but we went for a little adventure with a hunting/fishing guide to observe the wildlife. Please know that this guide has been doing it for 30 years...and never did he put us or the (especially) animals in harms way...especially that viscous chipmunk. We were not allowed to talk...or feed these animals...just observe. These were all taken with a 135mm and a 1.4 extender from his observation blinds. I'm an ex lone back packer...who mostly tried to stay as far away from bears as possible. This really was an incredible experience.

    An actual blond black bear!
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    This guy was very busy and way too close to that bear.
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    Could watch this little guy all day...

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    One of the first things the mother bear teaches the cubs is to climb trees. It's amazing how fast they get up there.
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    Calling Mom...
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    A intruder playing peak-a-boo...
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  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Not only a stunning holiday but a stunning set of images. That first is just wonderful
     
  3. Julian de'Courcy

    Julian de'Courcy Well-Known Member

    Glen these are excellent. I watch a part of a documentary the other evening about these bears. It was about a guy who tagged them for research and some of the hunters in his area vehemently disapproved or felt threatened by what he was doing. The gut recognised himself that the bears there needed culling, but the hunters went out to target the tagged bears. Besides all of that the filming of the bears themselves showed what beautiful creatures they are. Of course we have nothing close to the wildlife you have and never have this kind of opportunity.
     
  4. Tom Dunne

    Tom Dunne Well-Known Member

    What an experience that must have been Glenn. Lovely shots of these beautiful creatures and it's nice to know that they and their space was respected.
     
  5. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Thanks Pete...the 2 weeks of laundry I'm in charge of hasn't changed my feeling of enjoyment...so I guess it really was a holiday.
     
  6. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Thanks Julian. Yes they are amazing animals. The guide is also a hunting/fishing guide who refuses to take anyone out that wants to kill just for the sport. He made it very clear that he loved these animals even more than humans. I think Laurie would left me for him if it wasn't for the fact that there were no shoe stores within a 200 miles. ;)
     
  7. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Yes Tom...an incredible experience. I'm a blessed man.
     
  8. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Wow, stunning, Glenn. Such great images. What a day, I've been to China with Tom, and now Quebec with Glenn- where next? These are superb shots - you brought it off when the time came, Glenn. Superb.
     
  9. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Thank you sir. The best I'll be able to do for ya is North Carolina next month. ;)
     
  10. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I think I have some pictures of Skegness somewhere. :)
     
  11. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

  12. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    "Super duper"? Love it!!!
    I grew up in the country...outside of Boston so I had lots of wild animal pets...chipmunks... birds...turtles...frogs...and even bats. My baby raccoon was my absolutely favorite until my dad made me let him free. He wouldn't leave his hat alone. Really...a true story.
     
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  13. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    and i figured you'd just checked in to the betty ford. great series, pretty amazing when even nature has started following humans with the blond highlights craze. love the vicious chipmunk, he looks like he might make quick work of your ankles.

    where are you heading in north carolina?
     
  14. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Shhh...I took over Rob Fords spot. :eek:
    I didn't post the pic of the cubs mom...but she is completely black except for a small patch of blond on her back. I never knew that happened but I'd say her hair dresser deserves a big tip.
    Heading to Greensboro NC to attend Laurie's RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow graduation. I'll have some time to explore while she does her Nursey brainiac thing...then I'll get all dressed up and cheer her on at the ceremony. Proud moment in her career.
    http://www.executivenursefellows.org/fellow-detail.php?DirectoryId=2398
     
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  15. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    She's smart. But you're the smarter one, Glenn, for marrying such a brilliant nurse!
     
  16. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Smart? More like blessed Rob. :)
     
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  17. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    sweet, tell her congrats! while you're down there check out a restaurant in greensboro called phoenix asia. used to go there quite often when i was in school in high point.
     
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  18. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    Nice set but that first one is just great Glenn. A great sense of energy about it.
     
  19. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Thank you Paul. It is nothing like being there...but I'm happy that you noticed his energy through the picture.
     
  20. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    I just love your set of pictures Glenn. Your story is a good read, unfortunately I have to go to your country or Canada to see them. Here they tend to shoot them on sight and we don't even have 50 of them, mostly preserved swedes that wander across. I'm ashamed of being a Norwegian at times. By the way, how far apart were you in general and what lens did you use? Wonderful set.
     

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