You learn to pay attention

American black bear at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, June 2011 Photo by Hans Stieglitz via Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0

American black bear at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, June 2011
Photo by Hans Stieglitz via Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0

“When you are where wild bears live, you learn to pay attention to the rhythm of the land and yourself. Bears not only make the habitat rich, they enrich us just by being.”
Linda Jo Hunter

If I lived where my brother lives, I would certainly pay a lot of attention when I ventured out of the house.  I’d hate to surprise a bear, though I’d love to see one from a safe distance.

Watching the video embedded below, I realized why toy teddy bears became such a fixture of childhood.  The baby bear in the video is so playfully lovable that it would be hard not to want to get close…but with Mama Bear probably close by, that wouldn’t be a safe idea.

Our world is made rich by all sorts of animals, and paying attention to them can bring entertainment, joy and even wisdom.  What animals enrich your habitat?

One year ago today:

All the beasts

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

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