Sitting on the bow of the boat, looking to the stand of trees to the northwest of our anchorage. I watched bald eagles fly singly and in pairs and then land in the top branches of these trees. I liked the colors in the dead tree and wondered if it had been hit by lightning. The tree next to it seemed to lean in, solicitously.
The next morning, I looked over at the trees, looking for eagles again. Instead, I saw two black shapes on the shore. Must be crows, I thought. I had seen plenty of them around. But, as I watched, they did not move like crows. More like mammals. Maybe mink?
I pulled out the binoculars (and my digital camera) and was amazed to see that these were bears! I did another quick sketch of the same scene and waited for the bears to walk past. Wow! Didn't realize the trees were so big until I saw the bears put everything in place.
By the way, I hope to only see bears from this distance!! Yikes! We almost rowed over and walked that beach!!