When I heard that The Slants were in New Orleans for a face melting concert I immediately tried to get a hold of my friend and photographer Captain Brian to get some pics for me. I was hoping he would be able to get me a pic or to of the new tour bus too, but no such luck. Brian didn’t get back to me and had me a bit worried but when he did I wasn’t surprise to hear that he had been out doing some photography. It did surprise me, however, that he was in the Appalachian Mountains and had been shooting bears.
Here is his update:
A recent trip to one of my favorite places in this country, lower Appalachia, found me in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not only are the Blue Ridge Mountains absolutely gorgeous, but opportunities to observe wildlife are quite abundant. Almost every time that I travel through this area of the country I see black bear, and this trip was no different. I saw four this time, three in Virginia while exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway and this one in Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. The one pictured here was climbing up and down black cherry trees in search of cherries. I observed the animal for about an hour, sometimes as close as 30′ away. Once while on the ground, the animal let me know that I was a little too close by making a false charge. It was a bluff and I knew it, but I didn’t call him/her on it and graciously backed off a little and gave it its space. The beautiful creature then commenced going about its business of eating cherries as if I was not even there.
I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures 1/10th as much as I did taking them.
– Captain Brian