|Bear on a Mountain|
from a photo by Franklin
by Sharon Whitley the rambling artist
I painted this brown bear back in February as another exercise for Judith's loosening up group on Paint my Photo. It is from a photo taken by Franklin who is a fabulous artist as well as a brilliant photographer - I remember seeing this photo for the first time and thinking - how lucky get so close to one of these beautiful creatures. Little did I know then that just a few months later I nearly would get up close to one. At the end of May Gary and I along with 9 others climbed Mount Olympus in Greece - we did it over 2 days, bunking at Refuge A overnight and setting off in the early hours the following morning to reach the summit. There was a fresh snowfall the night before and we were soon above the snow line - no other footsteps to be seen except the unmistakable fresh prints of a bear following the same path we were on but coming down from the summit - we were so excited and I was dying to see this bear for real - there were 11 of us after all surely it wouldn't attack! but no such luck - although I'm sure it will have seen us passing further down! Not all of us reached the summit because the snowy conditions needed crampons and 3 of the group weren't equipped, so 8 of us carried on in pretty much white out conditions until we reached Skolio summit - and the clouds cleared for a few minutes to give us the most amazing view! The Greek gods were looking after us!!
It was when we got back to the refuge that we found out that the last bear on Olympus was presumed dead and there had been no evidence of one for over 4 years - our photos caused great excitement in the National Park - I would still love to see one for real, beautiful animals.
|That's me up there - in the beautiful Enipeas Canyon which leads to Mount Olympus|
|Fresh bear prints in the snow|
|Yay - we got a view!!!|
Now I guess it's time I stopped rambling and start producing more art.....
Interested in seeing more photos from the Olympus trip take a look at Gary's blog post here.