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Photo: Bear Sitting in Garbage Dump

A photo captures a bear sitting beside a burning landfill pit, surrounded by the refuse of human civilization. What do you imagine the bear may be thinking?

“When B.C.-based photographer Troy Moth visited a landfill in Northern Ontario to work on a documentary film, he had no idea that he would take one of the most poignant photographs of his life there. The photograph Moth took that day shows a bear sitting motionless in front of a pit at the landfill waiting for a garbage fire to go down…” ~ CBC Arts

READ MORE: “This is the Most Heartbreaking Image I’ve Ever Made” – Story Behind the Photo | CBC Arts

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    I’m stunned and unable to hold back the tears. If the gods did indeed place the future of life on Earth into our hands, we have indeed failed big time. We are fast transforming Earth into a smoldering hell of human waste.

    What do I imagine the bear may be thinking?
    ~ God, it is finished. We tried to warn the humans the best way we could, but they are too absorbed with their own pursuit of human grandeur.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Very likely bear thoughts, Rosaliene. I imagine he would be further emotionally pummeled if he knew Trump is shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments for mining (coal, uranium, etc.)

      • Rosaliene Bacchus

        Perhaps that’s why he headed into the smoking pit 🙁

      • JoAnn Chateau

        To face the devil? One last stand.

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