I WAS SITTING IN MY FAVORITE CHAIR READING by the fire the other day. It was a warm day, and the late afternoon sun was filtered by high mackerel clouds. Suddenly something caught my eye. It was dark, moving fast and big. A dog? Probably. Then another dark shape ran by.
They were two bear cubs, probably 70-80 lbs. They ran right past the big, floor to ceiling windows right to a small apple grove about fifteen yards away.
Then she arrived, slowly, purposefully, with an ambling gait like a sailor too long at sea. She was big, maybe 200 lbs. She was wonderful. A brown nose (snout would be disrespectful) and a powerful body. She stopped and looked in the windows. I don’t know whether or not she saw me. The afternoon sun might have reflected in such a way that I was out of her view.
The cubs were climbing the apple trees. Fast!!!! They went way up to shake the limbs and get the apples down on the ground to eat. After all, winter is coming and they need to fatten up for the long winter sleep in some cave or under a ledge up on the ridge behind us.
The big bear lingered in front of our house certain that the cubs were safe. Then she joined them to feast on the apples on the ground.
I grabbed my camera and had the foolish notion of going outside for a close-up. I canceled that notion. They are after all wild creatures. I shot pictures from the safety of the inside of the house. They stayed for maybe fifteen minutes and then ambled off. Their range is about 10 square miles, and they probably had visited our apple trees before.
I wonder what they think of us? I thought that they were incredible.