Sep 24-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: September: Sep 24-02
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Photo by Bonnie Rendel

By Brian Rendel on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 07:25 am:

I thought you might like to see a photo my mom (Bonnie Rendel) recently took of one of the four bear visiting their place... This one was standing up looking at one of the gardens. When he wandered too close, my mom opened the door and told him he wasn’t allowed in the garden. The bear obeyed and eventually wandered off. My parents live near the Tamarack Waterworks area and have quite the selection of visiting wildlife.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 07:27 am:

Thanks to Brian for some interesting shots this month. Looks like Pasty Camming might run in the family.

By ShawnR, GR MI on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 08:08 am:

Holy wah! He's a big one! Great picture!

By Melissa, Grand Ledge, MI on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 08:12 am:

That bear is huge! Great picture, Bonnie!

By uncle bud/mi on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 08:41 am:

The real ones are very unpredictable and dangerous.
They are not some cute-sey boyds bear.

By Molly, Houghton, MI on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 08:45 am:

This is a great picture. I love to see wildlife like this as long as they stay within their own territory. I have never seen one up on his hind legs like that. Thanks for sharing the excitement.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:00 am:

Oh man... This reminds me of the Gay Road. (The approximately 12 mile long road that connects Mohawk and Gay). My dad and I used to drive that road almost daily, and there would be mamas and cubs that would block the road making us stop until THEY were ready to move! We usually had something to feed them, and I also remember the deer blocking that road.

Here, in Georgia, if a deer even thinks it hears a car... It's GONE! :)

The nature I saw on the Gay Road, and even at the Garbage Dump, was awesome. The garbage pit, as I think it was called, was an actual tourest attraction. There would always be so many cars there, driving through garbage and feed half a dozen or more bear.

Uncanny to think about when you live where I do now.

Alex Tiensivu

By Jeff Carlson@Illinois on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:31 am:

Gosh, the beloved Bear could of used this bear last Sunday when they lost to the Saints my friend. Kinda looks like da Coach, Coach Ditka that is. Hey what happened to Sharon's deck pictures?

By H. Donn de Yampert, Houghton, MI. on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:32 am:

How about a WOW here. Bear pictures are pretty special, almost as much as the moose.

By Helen, Michigan on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:34 am:

GREAT, GREAT picture, Bonnie and thanks so much for sharing it with Pasty Cam picture lovers.
I send these pics all over the country to my friends and they so look forward to them!

By ashley, mi on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:39 am:

were you outside when you took that picture or did you have a nice camera with zoom? i would be so afraid to go outside after seeing that bear. big dogs i am fine with but bears.. um.. afraid of big time.

By John Dee on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 11:05 am:

To all wondering wondering about the colors, they are taking their time this season. Perhaps the mild temps and ample rainfall during the first three weeks of September has kept them green longer.

At any rate you can keep an eye on the maples in my back yard by going to the AL Cam on my site: There are also web cams located around the upper Midwest in my NCN. For your information, the maples in my backyard are usually the last to change, but do hit their peak color with the rest of the trees in the area.

We have had some cool nights lately, so that might help to speed things up, but it is hard to imagine the historical peak is about 10-12 days away!


By A yooper thru & true on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 11:26 am:

seems to me the color season is right on schedule...we don't want to rush things here in da UP, eh...cuz den dat means der are gonna be snowballs hitting us in da @#% only too soon...but if you look at the archive pasty photos as I did last evening you will find that most of the color shots that are posted by Charlie don't happen till da October month...

By Lyn R. on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 12:25 pm:


By Billy Maki, U.P on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 12:29 pm:

Great picture, surely something to make the fudgies and flatlanders giggle over!

By M&J MI on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 01:22 pm:

HOLY WAH!! If this guy came in my back yard like that, he would have some lead chin' him

By SharonS on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 02:18 pm:

The camera's still there - try to get it direct.

By the way, my bear was nowhere NEAR as big as the guy in today's picture (thank goodness - he probably would have been in the house!). I have some hints that my visitor might now be residing in one of my neighbor's freezer. Much as I didn't care to have him around, I'm sorry he seems to have met an untimely end.

Also, I agree with John's post - there's not much color in the Keweenaw yet. It looks to be a couple of weeks, minimum, before it gets good.

By Frances,N.Ga. on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 02:26 pm:

Hey Alex, do you live in N.Ga?

By Frances,N.Ga. on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 02:28 pm:

Hey Alex, do you live in N.Ga?

By Frances,N.Ga. on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 02:37 pm:

Hey Alex it sounds like you live in the northern Part of Ga.

By Frances,Ga. on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 02:41 pm:

Sorry about the 2nd posting but a message came up saying the first posting was not allowed or something!

By ILMHitCC on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 04:14 pm:

I'm sure the bears and other wildlife would appreciate it if we would stay within our own territory, also. We are living UP here in their back yards, after all. Great pic!

By froggy on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 05:44 pm:

I agree with ILM. Never saw much sport in shooting a bear. Dont get me wrong, I'm a deer hunter for along time. But there just arent that many bears to look at. Sad to think of looking at them in a freezer when you could see them day after day if we let them alone. Funny, I know more people bit by stray dogs than stray bears. Too bad.

By Anonymous on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 08:06 pm:


By sk on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 08:58 pm:

Great pic. sure brings back memories of going to Copper Harbor to see the bears eat. Just a question for fellow Yoopers? I lived in the UP most of my life and never heard anyone say eh. Always said hey. Am I correct or is my hearing bad?

By homesick on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:40 pm:

I agree with sk. Having grown up in the UP (Copper Country) the first 20 years of my life, everyone always said hey. Never heard them say eh. Love today's picture! I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful fall pictures sure to be coming soon... Thanks to the many photographers who share glimpses of God's Country with all of us displaced, homesick Yoopers!! And many thanks, Charlie, for your insightful words each day.

By Alice Arwezon, Alaska on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 01:26 am:

Beautiful bear. Great picture! Thanks, Rendels, for sharing. And thanks, Charlie, for making it today's picture.

Alice A., Anchorage

By Alex Tiensivu, You Know Where! : on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 08:43 am:

Yes, Frances... I sure do! Where are you? Write me at :)


By sg, PA on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 10:36 am:

This picture is breathtaking in a way that is different from the breathtaking beauty found in your WOW scenery photos. the black bear is such an icon of the UP (and the Keweenaw). Which other of God's creations is a beautiful, intelligent, curious, and protective (females anyway) of their offspring? Certainly these are characteristics to which we all can aspire.
And we are long overdue for a bear in WOW! Hey.

By Fred Bear, Grayling Mich. on Thursday, September 26, 2002 - 05:20 am:

I actually thought that was a spoof with some guy in a bear suit until I clicked on and enlarged the picture. It is rare to see a pix of one standing like a human. Thought it was some guy trying to wave people into a new car wash or something. Anyway, I'm going to do my annual fall colors in Copper Harbor the first weekend in October and the scouting report makes me wish I could push it back a week. For those who haven't done a fall colors tour in the Copper Country, you need to try it one day. And I look for one more opportunity this year to gorge myself at the Jampot, which is another gem. Happy Fall, you all!

By sg on Thursday, September 26, 2002 - 12:01 pm:

Fred Bear????? Now is that really your name?

By T Hagbloom on Thursday, September 26, 2002 - 06:17 pm:

A nice picture but I have reservations about if it is really a live animal. The bear's coat just doesn't look real to me and the perspective doesn't seem right. If it is real this animal would seem to push near 600 pounds.

By Lei Klempo MI on Thursday, September 26, 2002 - 08:06 pm:

thatz sweet!

By OL' BEAR on Saturday, September 28, 2002 - 01:39 pm:

That's just a little bear, maybe 2 1/2 years old, about 150#. The perspective is from ground level which throws off the size for a second, until you study the bear itself; slender body, head and paws of a younger bear.

By OL' BEAR on Saturday, September 28, 2002 - 01:47 pm:

PS, there are more bear in the YOOP now than at any other time.

By Greta, Ca on Saturday, September 28, 2002 - 07:09 pm:

Is "holy wah" a nice way to say something not nice? That's a new one for me down here in CA.

By Pat W. Grand Ledge, MI on Sunday, September 29, 2002 - 08:42 pm:

I grew up in Hancock and we used to drive up to
Copper Harbor to visit the "dump areas" where
bears would go to feed. I don't ever
remember seeing a bear that tall.
My question is: Is this a real bear or
a very tall person in a bear outfit?

By Brian Rendel, Hancock MI on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 09:29 am:

Yes, the bear is real. My mom took several other photos of this one. Her favorite is the bear laying near the patio acting much like a big dog. I submitted the above picture because I thought it was unique and made the bear look quite impressive.

By Lenny & Dawn, Warren, Mi on Sunday, October 6, 2002 - 07:19 pm:

Great shot!!!!!!! Tell your Mom to include some more of the neighbors a visit'n

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