Hi all. It was a pretty good week here with plenty to smile about. I talked a lot about my main smile on my Coffee Chat, so I am going to start someplace else.
Sitting on my back patio, I see a lot of hummingbirds come in to feed at our flowers. As soon as I bring out the camera, they all stay away… Well, I finally got a good photo:
Here is a close up. It was pretty late, so relatively slow shutter speed (all of the other photos were blurry – I changed ISO from 200 to 1600 after this burst, but no more hummingbirds). Here is a closeup of the photo above.
I did my typical run on Friday afternoon. It is pretty long and hilly (over 500 ft/150 m rise in elevation in the first 2 miles/3 km), but I decided to add a half a mile and small hill near the end. Coming back from that little add-on, I hit the main road at a pretty good clip and noticed a large, black dog coming my way. No human. Oh, oh. And, my isn’t that dog big. It is huge! It is gigantic. It is… not a dog!
I screeched to a halt and said, “Oh, wow!” I was about 15 feet away, perhaps 20 (around 6 meters). (It might have been less!)
The 400+ lbs (180+ kg) of American Black Bear must have heard me, for it also stopped, then raised up a little on it’s hind legs, so we were seeing eye-to-eye. It sniffed, then twisted as it put its front end down off of the road. It is amazing how fast almost a quarter ton of bear can run! It is also amazing how silent that huge mass of muscle can be as it zips through the dense underbrush.
After it was gone, I crossed the road, ran until I was well past were it had entered the woods, then crossed back to the correct side again (facing traffic, though there was none). The rest of my run was uneventful ;)
I was never frightened, just amazed. I know there are bear in the area, and have friends who see them almost daily. I have rarely seen a bear in NH, and never one that was less than a few hundred feet away (100 m or more). OK, in zoos. But seeing a bear nose to nose when you can almost reach out and touch it is different.
And very cool :)
So those are my smiles, photographing a hummingbird and seeing a black bear up close and personal.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).