All mothers know they have a to keep close watch on their little ones lest they get themselves into trouble. This female Black Bear was no different.
She was eating acorns off of trees at the top of a hill and as she did, her cubs were exploring the area below. Sensing they might be straying too far, she stood tall to get a good look and check up on them.
I was ecstatic to be able to capture the moment and while I was a safe distance away, I have to admit it was a bit intimidating getting a view of just how big she was.
The American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is the only bear known to be currently found in Colorado. They can be 5 to 6 feet long and weigh 200 to 600 pounds with males being larger than females.
Image taken in the foothills southwest of Denver.
This Black Bear cub gave itself a vigorous shake after a swim in the South Platte River southwest of Denver this afternoon.
Social media provided clues as to where a number of Black Bears had been hanging out and with an early quitting time from work, I just had to go check them out. Being mid-day the lighting was harsh but it was a lot of fun to spend about 45 minutes with them.
More pics of them to come!
Another for Throwback Thursday… Taken July 11, 2007 in Yellowstone National Park. This little one was curious about the people but also making sure not to stray too far from its sibling and mama.
Taken two weeks ago in Yellowstone National Park just north of the infamous Old Faithful geyser. On our way to a spot on the east side of the park that supposedly was a hot spot for bears (it turned out not to be), we came across this beast in the forest not too far off of the road.
Shooting into the early morning sun low on the horizon and it causing long, dark shadows in the forest presented a less than ideal picture taking opportunity. The images came out ‘just okay’ but this was the first time I have seen Ursus arctos horribilis in the wild so I was pretty happy anyway.
Sometimes it is more about the experience than the picture.
It has been seven years since this picture was taken in Yellowstone and I will be heading back next week and throwing in some time in the Tetons. I am very much looking forward to trying to find more bears and hopefully some raptors.
Full disclosure: This image was actually taken by my wife with a point-and-shoot superzoom. I was having technical difficulty with my DSLR that day (operator error really but I will deny it if asked). Ha!