The Power of Gesture

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I know we’re not supposed to anthropomorphize wildlife, but how can you not when they do things that are so, well, human-like? Or at least what we think of as human-like, anyway. I couldn’t help thinking “Is this how I do it, Mom?” when I watched this Spring cub eating sedge alongside mom. Several times it looked up to connect with her, and it just felt like the cub was checking in on whether it was eating the right stuff! Probably instinct…

No matter what, the gesture is what counted the most here. And gesture is so important with any animate object. Gesture brings your subject alive, and this little bear was full of gestures as we watched it mimic Mom and toddle alongside. It’s sibling is ‘buried’ behind the mother’s fluffy body. When the two of them got tired of eating, they’d play; and that’s another image of gesture that I’ll share here, too, when I get done editing my thousands of pictures from the trip.

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Brenda Tharp
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2 Comments

  1. Nalo September 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    Lovely capture !!

    • btharp September 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

      Thank you Nalo! I was traveling for a few days and just got back to internet to see your comment.