A week ago, while at Shenandoah National Park, I saw a young adult black bear, but by the time I saw the bear, it saw me and quickly ran into the woods and out of sight. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to photograph the bear.
That same day, a couple from Maryland told me that they go to the park several times a year and had never seen a bear until that day, and they saw three black bears. Coincidently, a friend said that he has been going to the park for over 25 years and had never seen a bear until three weeks ago, and said he saw three bears too. And finally, a friend that I work with saw a bear in the park a few weeks ago as well. Obviously, there have been more bear sightings than usual this year. What’s with that?
Last fall, while in Shenandoah National Park, I photographed a black bear 50 feet or more up in an oak tree. The bear was searching through the tree for acorns. It was amazing how high up in the tree the bear went for acorns, and there were not many acorns in the tree to be found. The below photo shows (arrow pointing at the bear) how high up in the tree the bear was located.
Timing is almost everything to capture images like those above. I hope I am fortunate enough to time it right again this year. Also, lesson learned, do not ever climb a tree to flee a bear.