Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

Snapshot from the Explore.org Bear Cam

While our rivers here in Washington are running low and warm, the water is cool and the fishing is good for the brown bears at Brooks Falls in Alaska's Katmai National Park. Take a look at the Explore live cam below, and enjoy watching the bears skilfully snag sockeye salmon migrating upstream in the cold current.

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska  

Watch that video feed for too long, and you'll become as absorbed in the unfolding scene as the bears are in their salmon fishing! The hissing falls and the bear's calculated, careful hunting strategies are mesmerizing to watch. And when the salmon are really jumping, be prepared for a good belly laugh as they haphazardly fling themselves out of the water; sometimes jumping straight up into the air, sometimes comically flopping sideways and missing the falls altogether.

It's so wonderful that technology these days allows us access to live video streams of events many of us would never be able to see in person, and that it can be done in such a way as to not disturb the animals themselves. I can just imagine what it would be like to sit under those overcast Alaskan skies, perched on a boulder near the falls and feeling the chilly mist on my face while watching these brown bears splashing and pouncing on the leaping sockeye; taking advantage of the abundant salmon run so the bears can get nice and fat before winter arrives.

This scene is a refreshing sight for those of us in need of a break from this hot Washington summer!

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