Yesterday, I went on a bear hunt! Don’t worry – I was hunting with my camera and not a gun. I got up at 4:30 AM and headed for the Pungo Lake area where there is a pretty high population of black bears. Folks drive around the area to catch a glimpse of them as they travel from area to area. I was hoping for more than a quick glimpse. I REALLY was hoping to get some good bear photos.
I left the house at 5:30 and arrived just before 8AM. Probably I needed to be there at dawn but if I am ever to do that, I would need to stay in the area the night before. I drove and I drove and I drove some more and saw NOTHING!! Oh there were egrets and herons but I frequently see those close to home. I drove all the way to Roper and saw some beautiful farm land but no wildlife. So back to the Pungo Lake area I went. By now, it was around 1PM and I was feeling pretty discouraged. As I drove along a woods road, this heron flew into a tree so I snapped his photo. Turned out to be one of the better photos of the day-not good, just better. 🙂 I pulled over to talk with a friend for a few minutes and decided to go up the road a bit from where she was sitting. I needed to get out of the car and stretch my legs and didn’t want to disturb anything that might come out near her. I drove up the road and got out of the car. I took some butterfly photos and some of the nearby weeds but still no bears. As I walked up the road, I finally saw some wildlife. These three deer were WAY far off but I thought I would take the photo anyway.From there, I drove to a cross road where I could see in a couple of directions and sat for a while. Here I got a dragonfly and a weed that I thought was pretty.I was ready to give up but thought I would do one more drive through the area. It was just too darned hot to spend much time out of the car. As I got to the very end of the road and started to turn around I FINALLY saw a bear. Actually, there were two of them. They were far away but at least I got a photo of them.I watched for a while but nothing else appeared so I started making my way back down the road toward the highway to come home. On the way out, I decided that since no one was around, I would answer the call of nature. I just got back into the car and looked in my rear view mirror and saw this guy (or gal) lumbering down the road behind me.…and that ended my day of bear hunting. I didn’t see as much as I had hoped and what I did see was far away but I wasn’t skunked. Hope that you enjoyed the bear hunt even though the photos did not turn out like I had hoped. Maybe next time.