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Chasing Bears in Bern

Bears hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the citizens of Bern,Switzerland.
There are legends about its connection to bears going back to the twelfth century. Bern's very name is said to be derived from a bear.
The bear is on the heraldic seal of the city since the thirteenth century,and everywhere you walk in Bern you will find evidence of its fondness for bears.
A recent visit there turned into a kind of photographic bear-hunt for images of bears
A lot of saints and holy people,but no bears!
A lot of saints and holy people,but no bears!
The pretty little house by the river -  did Goldilocks live here with the bears?
The pretty little house by the river - did Goldilocks live here with the bears?
The jumping traveller is in Bern! But where are the bears?
The jumping traveller is in Bern! But where are the bears?
Thinking of higher things. Praying for bears?
Thinking of higher things. Praying for bears?
Long pews of prayer
Long pews of prayer
Will church music encourage the bears to appear?
Will church music encourage the bears to appear?
At last: a bear emerges from a grey building
At last: a bear emerges from a grey building
A playful bear, captured in perpetuity
A playful bear, captured in perpetuity
The amazing dancing bear
The amazing dancing bear
Bear on a spire...
Bear on a spire...
Bear who wants to be a warrior
Bear who wants to be a warrior
Bears who greet you
Bears who greet you
A Christmas bear
A Christmas bear
A bevy of bears
A bevy of bears
Warrior bears to guard the clock
Warrior bears to guard the clock
Bear cast in stone
Bear cast in stone
Bear under your feet
Bear under your feet
Bear above your head
Bear above your head
Bear contemplating
Bear contemplating
A real live bear in the Barenpark
A real live bear in the Barenpark
And finally...
And finally...