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Bear quints (Um quinteto de ursos)

Roberto Henry Ebelt


Bear quints (Um quinteto de ursos)

A palavra QUINT, literalmente significa, nos Estados Unidos, QUINTUPLETS.
Também pode significar: interval of five degrees (Music); sequence of five playing cards of the same suit (suit, aqui, significa NAIPE).

Quando começava a preparar o artigo para o dia de hoje (29 de junho de 2012) recebi um e-mail de uma amiga de adolescência, que mora no Texas. Lena Kunz, filha dos queridos amigos Breno e Maria Kunz, que me encantou e que tenho o prazer de transcrever abaixo, com algumas explicações.

Bear Quints - once in a lifetime photo.

Black bears typically have two cubs (cub means FILHOTE); rarely, one or three. In 2007, in northern New Hampshire, a black bear sow (sow: adult female hog, mature female pig; female bear) (a pronúncia de sow é [sáu] gave birth to five healthy young cubs. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as four cubs, but five was, and is, very extraordinary. The photographer learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den (den means lair, cave; hole; squalid room; cozy room; television room) and set a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and effort was involved. He knew the trail (that) they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week, for more than six weeks, he had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. He used the equivalent of a very fast film speed on his digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a family portrait.

The photographer stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to thrive (to thrive: vb. flourish, prosper, burgeon, bloom, blossom, do well, advance, make strides, succeed, boom).

As time for hibernation approached, he found still more folks (people) who had seen them, and everything remained OK.

The photographer stayed away from the bears because he was concerned that the bears might become habituated to him or to people. The bears might, in such case, treat people as approachable friends. This could easily become dangerous for both man and animal.

After Halloween (October 31, 2007), he had no further reports and could only hope (that) the bears survived until they hibernated.

This spring (2008), just before the snow disappeared, all six bears came out of their den and wandered all over the same familiar territory they trekked in the spring of 2007. The photographer saw them before mid-April and dreamed nightly of taking another family portrait, a highly improbable second once-in-a-lifetime photograph. On 25 April 2008, he achieved his dream.

When something as magical as this happens between man and animal, Native Americans* say, "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow."

And so it is with humility and great pleasure that I (the photographer) share these exhilarating (stimulating) photos with you. Do pass them on!

*Native Americans: Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii.

Have a nice weekend and let us allow the Paraguayans decide their own political affairs according to their constitution. Let us hope that Itamaraty will not repeat the fiasco performed by our former Foreign Affairs minister who tried to protect that despicable, traitor, and Honduran individual known as José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, a true wolf in sheep's clothing.


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Roberto Henry Ebelt é professor, escritor, escreveu uma coluna semanal para o Jornal do Comércio de Porto Alegre entre 2001 e 2013, e é diretor do curso HENRY'S BUSINESS ENGLISH desde 1971.

Seu mais recente livro, O QUE VOCÊ DEVE SABER ANTES DE ESTUDAR INGLÊS, pode ser encontrado nas livrarias Disal, Cultura e SBS ou à rua Hoffmann, 728 em Porto Alegre.

E-mail: roberto@henrys.com.br
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