It's a glorious autumn day here in the Rockies. K and I enjoyed the start of it together, visiting our favorite lookout and having a quiet moment enjoying the view.
Many of you guessed correctly that Tiny was marking the tree holding my trail camera in the photo yesterday. It was not a bear-marking tree (or "whammy" tree) prior to this occasion. I suspect that Tiny smelled my scent all over the area and was establishing that it was *her* territory and not mine by rubbing her scent over the spot where my scent was very strong.
Tiny arrived at my first camera and commenced sniffing the area.
When she arrived at my next camera, she acted like a sneaky human who wasn't sure that she wanted her photo taken. The cam caught a quick glimpse of her black fur in the far left of the photo below. Then, she paused behind the camera for a long time before moving in front of it. I suspect that she was sniffing the area where I kneel to check the cam.
I compiled all the photos of this bear's excursion into a flipbook video that you can watch here or at Youtube.
Please leave your guesses about her weight in the comments. I don't want to exaggerate her size so I'm interested to hear how big others think that she is. Thanks!