The American Black Bear, Alaska.

An American black bear salmon fishing
While on an Alaskan cruise my wife chose an excursion where we flew by float plane from Ketchikan to Neets Bay in the Tongas National Forest to hopefully see some ‘wild’ black bears in their natural habitat salmon fishing.
We were not disappointed
Image Credit: Photograp by JennerTaylor/GuardianWitness
Source: Born free: readers’ photos on the theme of wild | Community | The Guardian

Brown Bear Cub on guard during Salmon Run.

Image Credit: Photograph © Karen Moy. All rights reserved.
Brown bear cub on guard during the Salmon Run.
Bears are able to survive in the wilderness with the annual Alaskan Salmon Run without disturbance from humans in their natural environment.
Source: Brown bear cub on guard during the Salmon Run | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Reflections in New York by Richard Combes.

richard-combes05Reflections: Paintings by Richard Combes
Paintings of buildings reflected on standing water in the streets of New York.
Through his meticulous rendering of detail and dramatic use of perspective and colour.
Combes explores the relationship between architecture and the human form, transforming everyday objects and situations into extraordinary images that are absorbing and often haunting.
via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Reflections: Paintings by Richard Combes.

‘The Great Old Ones’ celebrating our Tree Elders 1947.

imagePhotograph from the 1917 “The National Parks Portfolio” (via Internet Archive Book Images)
Trees are fascinating — if left undisturbed by humans and our axes, they can grow to incredible sizes, and live for thousands of years.
Around the world, there are trees that have been growing for a much longer period of time than famed arbors like Methuselah or General Sherman.
Some of these beautiful ancients may not look like much — some appear to be mere saplings, compared to the gigantic redwoods.
via The Great Old Ones: In Celebration of Our Tree Elders | Atlas Obscura.

Dan Rice,, Famous Circus Clown of the 1860s.

A clown ran for public office – and no, that’s not the beginning of a joke.
On Sept. 15, 1864, America’s most famous circus clown, Dan Rice, accepted the Democratic nomination for the Pennsylvania State Senate.
And it was just his first foray into politics: Even while continuing his career as a clown, a state convention later considered him as a candidate for Congress, and, in 1867, he made a brief but legitimate run for president.
Dan Rice
While the idea of a clown running for office sounds like a gimmick, in the 1860s it was taken seriously — because circus itself was taken seriously, as adult fare.
Long before it was relegated to children’s entertainment, early circus in this country combined what appealed to grown-up tastes: sex, violence, political commentary and, in a horse-based culture, top-notch horsemanship.
George Washington attended the first circus in 1793 in Philadelphia not for family-friendly amusement — a notion that didn’t emerge until the 1880s — but as a horseman keen to see animals and humans working together at a peak level.
Sex and violence enhanced the appeal. Like later burlesque comedians, talking clowns told dirty jokes in a titillating whirl of the scantily clad: Circus acrobats and riders showed more skin — or flesh-colored fabric that seemed to be skin — than could be seen anywhere else in public life.
Read on via The Civil War’s Most Famous Clown –

‘Glowing Orbs’.

395A8556-optimizedIn July, 2014, a team of light painters from East Coast Light Painting created a long-exposure photograph of 200 glowing orbs in a field in Virginia.
To create the orbs, the group collaboratively developed a spinning light tool.
During the 1,651-second exposure, the team fanned out to create each of the 7-foot-diameter orbs.
200orbsBThe light painters were inspired by a 2011 photograph in which photographer Andrew Wells created a long-exposure image with 100 orbs.
According to the group, their 2014 photograph has earned a Guinness World Record.
via Light-Painting Group Creates a Long-Exposure Photograph of 200 Glowing Orbs in a Field.