Have you ever done everything right and still felt little uneasy about the situation? If you’re not married you may not fully understand the feeling.
Late one evening in Banff National Park I came upon a grizzly and three older cubs. By the time we arrived, they were steadily moving away from us, far up the mountain. I watched in awe as the four bears worked their way up a rocky creek bed.
I have a lot of respect for any grizzly, especially a mom. I completely understand that it’s better for all concerned if we don’t disturb each other. Therefore I made sure there was more than adequate distance between us – in fact they were quite small without the aid of my telephoto lens.
Suddenly the grizzly mom turned back and looked in my direction. Now I’m not entirely sure she was looking at me but it was remarkable how the distance between us instantly melted away. It was the kind of look that made the back of neck feel uncomfortable! I felt exposed and vulnerable, at least until I quit looking in my lens. It was not long but long enough.
The bears continued on their way undisturbed. I was still feeling uneasy and that annoyed me since I hadn’t done anything wrong. In fact the whole situation may have been manufactured in my head.
I wonder if I would have felt the same way before I was married?
Krahnpix note. There is a moral to this story – marry someone with a sense a humour. When I read this post to my wife, her first reaction was to laugh.