THE CHORUS -- of Jerry Tate's "Symphony of Nature": In mid-September, at approximately 3 p.m. on a clear and slightly breezy day, the temperature was in the '70s. I walked quietly through the woods with the breeze in my face, and I slowly came to the edge of a clearing. I stopped and observed approximately 100 yards away what I assumed was an elk. Keeping a close eye on the animal, I realized it was a bear.
I took over 30 photos of this bear and noticed the color characteristic of the black bear; I realized that it was an amazing specimen. At no time did I fear this animal. He was from 25 to 100 yards during the time I was taking photos. I was there for approximately 30 minutes and watched him feeding, climbing trees, and doing everything a bear does. Oh yes, the bear did know I was there and did not fear me but kept a close eye on my location. This is one of four bears that I observed in the field in September. It is amazing the number of photos that one can capture of the wildlife in the Arizona forests during a short walk -- wildlife including squirrels, deer, elk, osprey, falcon, turkey and many others -- such as this bear. This to me is the symphony of nature at its best.
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