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Bear Necessities


At the Sydney Zoo in Australia.
I know this was a year ago but I remember it as though it were yesterday.

Have a rip-roaring weekend!

Bear Necessities


At the Sydney Zoo in Australia.
I know this was a year ago but I remember it as though it were yesterday.

Have a rip-roaring weekend!

comments (51)

  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2009, 01:09
Outstanding, Ginnie. Silly I know, but John Candy's 'The Great Outdoors' comes immediatedly to mind: "big bear CHASE ME!" Roaringly splendid weekend to you! ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I love how images bring to mind these crazy connections, Ian. It happens to me all the time. grin Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 May 2009, 01:16
Flawless image, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: That's too kind, Ray, but thanks anyway!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 May 2009, 01:31
Wouldn't want to argue with him Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I'm just glad he found something to eat to keep him occupied, Chris. smile
wowww! very beautiful shot...can't stop looking at it!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks, Kavita. smile
Like what you did with the texture, looks like an etching.
Ginnie Hart: You can almost count every hair, right, John? grin So good to see you again!
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 22 May 2009, 01:51
I think he's (she's?) a friendly-looking bear. Or am I being a romantic fool? smile
Ginnie Hart: Nothing wrong with being a romantic fool, Larry, as long as you don't get bit too hard. smile Thanks.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 22 May 2009, 02:25
Excellent ! Very dramatic... and yes I guess it is not easy to forget such an encounter.
Happy weekend!
Ginnie Hart: This is when you realize how BIG they are, Sidney. They look so cuddly! smile
  • kay
  • Portland OR
  • 22 May 2009, 02:28
Wonderful!!!!!! I love this, Ginnie. What a shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kay. Bears always look so cuddly, don't they! smile
Truly amazing Genie.
Ginnie Hart: Someone to cuddle up to, Atunbi? smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 03:35
you had me holding my breath there for a moment, i thought you captured him in the wild! grin still, it's an awesome capture.. great shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm trying to remember what contained him, Rian. I think it was a high plexiglass wall that you actually could look over. It would be hard for him to jump very high, I'm sure! grin
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 22 May 2009, 04:14
Looks like a kodiak bear. So they keep those in a zoo?
Ginnie Hart: I don't remember exactly what kind of bear it is, Sherri, but it seemed content enough to be there. Who knows?!
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 05:09
How close did you get? Ginnie, you always top the last one.
Ginnie Hart: This was my 105 lens, Maria, and I see I zoomed in, so he wasn't that far away. It really is a very nice zoo and I didn't even feel sorry for him, like so many do. He seemed quite content, but who knows, right? You're a sweetheart. Thanks.
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 05:20
His face looks like a mask to me...like a human was behind the mask... smile
Ginnie Hart: And maybe there WAS a human behind it, Ti...kinda like when WE have an animal lurking behind OUR eyes, right?! grin
a sun kissed bared getting all the bare necessities he can handle. Love it. It almost has a painting feel to it.
Ginnie Hart: I started to sing "Bare Necessities," OSB. grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 May 2009, 06:18
Een prachtige foto, de vacht van de beer is zo mooi van structuur.
An outstanding picture with colours so beautiful, a likey to me.
There is a saying;'look the tiger in the eye'....it is now...look at the eyes of the bear.
I remember you telling me about this wonderful place and that is seems if the animals are not behind bars.
http://www.sydney.com.au/zoo.htm
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, thanks for the link, Astrid. I had almost forgotten that you can actually see Sydney's Opera House across the harbour from the zoo. And yes, now we will say we have to look the BEAR in the eye! We'll find out he's as tame as he looks. DJW en IHVJ!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 May 2009, 06:29
Although the bear seems to be so near to me- looking eye in eye- I'm not frightened- thanks to your toning he reminds me rather of an old beautiful childbook and in my imagination, yes, I dare to touch and to tickle him (but not to death!), sweet, dear bear! Hij lijkt een beetje op mijn teddy-beertje dat ik als klein-meisje eens bezat en van wie ik zo hield van!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, lieve Philine, this is why we call so many men who look rough on the outside such "teddy bears" once we get to know them. He DOES look very cuddly! smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 07:02
Caught in the act of eating a Christmas tree.
Ginnie Hart: And no one even cares at the moment, Kanyi, right? smile
He looks a friendly sort of chap.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Chad. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 May 2009, 08:16
Superb Ginnie, love the processing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony.
Great! I am always surprised by their small eyes.
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Wim. I so agree.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 May 2009, 08:35
WOW the processing here is on point
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, àsìkò, to stop by and comment. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 May 2009, 08:38
Great photo I live the title very good
Ginnie Hart: Another fun time for me, Vintage, in your incredible country!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2009, 09:34
Seeing bears in captivity always makes me feel sad. It's a good shot though, he almost looks like he's in the wild.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Ingrid, but I must say that in this situation I had nothing to feel sorry about when I saw him lumbering around and finding things to eat! He looked so cuddly.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 May 2009, 09:41
Good job you mentioned zoo - I was wndering if this was an encounter in the woods ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! That would be the day, Mike. grin
I don't think of Australia when I think of bears.
Ginnie Hart: Neither do I, Mary! smile
Nice and dramatic. Is it an HDR?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Anthony. No, it is not an HDR but what I call a "cheap HDR," using the Multiply layer in PS. One day I will try the real HDR because I am such a fan of it!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 12:59
He looks so sweet..doesn't he? Hard to imagine that - in the wild - he might be a threat. And - as always - I do love your processing.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Marcie. And to think we call our rough-looking men "teddy bears" once we get to know them, right?! grin
A well twiddled bear Ginnie. Have a good weekend yourself
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 14:05
"..STAND STILL, DON'T MOVE.." This reminds me of an old movie I saw recently - The Edge - Starring Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and a man eating Bear... which looked a lot like this one... However, your interpretation makes this one look cuddly... smile
Ginnie Hart: This one is for sure more cuddly than that one, Hamilton, especially if Anthony Hopkins was in it. Actually, I think I saw that a long time ago. Kinda sounds familiar!
Wonderful shot Ginnie...and the processing is something else.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Great capture and processing Ginnie. Enjoy your weekend!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Richard!
First thing Ginnie, I accidentaly deleted your comment to my picture today although I think you should have received my reply. Sorry! Now this, a great picturte of a lovely animal, from a distance, and it has a sort of HDR look to the fir, something I see you told Anthony today that you would like to try. There are several freebie HDR packages, email me if you would like any links to them.
Ginnie Hart: The first thing I have to do is take 3 pictures of the same thing, right, Brian? Once I get that far, I'll ask you about what I do next! Thanks for the offer.
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 22 May 2009, 16:55
I started my weekend yesterday and have the head ache to prove it!!!Grizzly thats a mean looking one!!smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh no, Tracy! I started singing "When will she ever learn? When will she e-ver learn!" grin Doe voorzichtig, mijn vriend!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 May 2009, 19:19
Thank you Ginnie, I can't bear bare weekends.

It looks like a drawing made by one of those old nature artists. Excellent.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I was just explaining to Astrid yesterday the play on words from the Jungle Book song "Bare Necessities." grin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 22 May 2009, 19:23
I love bears and I love the texture of his fur in this photo.
Ginnie Hart: I love bears, too, Helen. They look so cuddly and clumsy! HA! But I would not want to have to out-run one.
Ginnie this is a terrific shot, I would hang this on my wall! grin
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're such a sweetheart, Clare. Thank you.
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 22 May 2009, 20:34
Vaya pedazo de Oso, madre mia!!! El procesado que has aplicado lo saca de la pantalla.
Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Alex. Sus palabras me encanta.
  • namaki
  • France
  • 23 May 2009, 00:16
wow ! the treatment of this picture immediately reminded me of Diane varner's ... I opened her blog ... and wow ! here was this bear's forest !
http://www.dianevarner.com/

By the way I have dedicated my today's post to you .... surprise !!!
Ginnie Hart: I had seen Diane's photo a couple days ago, Namaki, so I immediately knew what you were referring to. I am so honored by you. MERCI!
  • namaki
  • France
  • 23 May 2009, 00:21
actually the exact address for Diane's forest is here:

http://www.dianevarner.com/index.php?showimage=536

isn't it perfect ? I'm sure he would love it !!
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Namaki. This bear would be right at home there!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 23 May 2009, 01:05
GRRRRREAT image, Ginnie. Enjoy your weekend as well.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Martie. Thank you.
Wow ! Another likey !
Ginnie Hart: You always know how yo make my day, Zeb! Merci.
  • Ilan
  • Israel
  • 23 May 2009, 17:14
Wow.. Unbelievable.
I looked at the photo for couple of minutes, trying understand how did you came so close to this bear. Only then decided to read your description smile
Superb capture and processing.
Ginnie Hart: I did zoom in on my 105 lens, Ilan, so he wasn't that far away. But of course, there was some kind of railing in front of us and I felt perfectly safe. smile
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 24 May 2009, 00:04
Looks like you stepped out of a tent and this bear was right there in the wild! Amazing scene!
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought of that, Andy, but you are so right. grin Thanks for the thought.
Nature in its purest form
Ginnie Hart: Except for the fence/railing to protect us, you're just about right, Chantal. smile
  • Albert
  • Spain
  • 24 May 2009, 08:34
Beautiful image, perfect composition and perspective, great job.
Greetings
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Albert, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 24 May 2009, 20:02
It is a memorable photo so the moment must have been spectacular!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Beth, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 24 May 2009, 20:30
That looks like a very big bear. I like the processing, brings out all the details in the bear.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Magnus. He's just a teddy bear. smile
Spectacular!
Ginnie Hart: He's just an ol' teddy bear, Ade. grin
OMG Ginnie. This is purely brilliant. One of my favourites in your collection - right next to the baseball gloves shot smile
Ginnie Hart: It always intrigues me, Thomas, what images appeal most to others. I almost didn't even post this, so let's just say I posted it for YOU. smile
  • POV
  • Germany
  • 5 Jun 2009, 07:24
Really a good shot. Excellent sharpness and good captured. I like it. And - it is a nice guy.
Ginnie Hart: You just gave him a big bear hug, POV! smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 7 Jun 2009, 19:36
I don´t know how you do it, but every texture with you seems to gain life...just look at the bear's fur...amazing!
Ginnie Hart: You are too kind, Lina...and you know how to make my day!

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