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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Two: Travel Incongruities > Where’s mine? Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, West Yellowstone, Montana, 2008
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08-OCT-2008

Where’s mine? Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, West Yellowstone, Montana, 2008

This huge grizzly is too busy devouring its meal to notice the hungry raven just a few feet away. The scale incongruity is striking – one swipe of the paw could send this raven to another, perhaps even better, place. Yet the bird obviously is used to feasting on the leftovers and seems happy for a place at the table. The bear is one of eight captive grizzlies at the non-profit Discovery Center, which provides visitors going to nearby Yellowstone Park an opportunity to observe, learn about and appreciate grizzly bears and gray wolves. All of the bears are either rescued orphans or were relocated because they had become habituated to human food.

(Note: I think it is important that travel photographers clearly identify any photos such as this one, which depict animals located in zoos, on game farms, or under captive circumstances. In my view, to not do so, and thereby mislead the viewer into believing that such images were made in the wild, is unethical behavior. It also is unfair to those wildife photographers who take the time, expend skill and effort, and assume the expense of making photos of animal behavior in the natural world.)

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Phil Douglis21-Jan-2010 15:53
Patience is a human value, Zandra, and while these are wild creatures, we can identify with that value here.
Guest 01-Jan-2010 23:20
A striking image in scale incongruity yo have here. As you say, a strike of the paw could send this raven to a very different place...yet, they are together peacefully side by side. This image speaks to me of the virtue of patience...the one who waits for something could shall never wait for too long. All ti takes is bit of patience...
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