As a sculptor I strive to capture the uniqueness of the animal. A quirk of the head, an attitude, or a glint in the eye gives life to the form and makes the sculpture realistic and appealing. Working from difference sources of reference materials I review a lot of material in trying to be anatomically correct but nothing is better than having first hand experience. I urge extreme caution to anyone coming in contact with wildlife.
I was hiking in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and looked up to see a bear sauntering up the trail about twenty feet in front of me. Little did I know that I, the observer, was also being observed. As I turned to go back the way I had came...and away from the first bear...another bear, whom I assumed I startled when I turned, crashed across the path less than ten feet in front of me. Needless to say I was looking over my shoulder for about two miles until I reached my vehicle in the parking lot.
While this was an experience I will never forget I believe myself fortunate to have had an encounter such as this and came away unscathed. Wildlife is unpredictable and I was in the bears habitat. Lesson learned....never go hiking by myself and always use common sense when coming in contact with wild animals.
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon
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