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“I hate it when I get water in my ears!”

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!

A Black Bear cub shakes itself on the banks of the South Platte River in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Black Bear cub shakes itself on the banks of the South Platte River in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Black bear cub keeps a close watch

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.

A black bear cub keeps a close watch on its mama in Yellowstone National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A black bear cub keeps a close watch on its mama in Yellowstone National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Grizzly in the grass

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.

A grizzly bear walks through the grass at Yellowstone National Park. © Tony’s Takes

A grizzly bear walks through the grass at Yellowstone National Park. © Tony’s Takes

Head to head with a Black Bear in Yellowstone

“Well hello there!” A black bear walks through the brush toward me in Yellowstone National Park last week. Thanks to a zoom lens it wasn’t as close as it might appear in the photo but I did cautiously back up just to give it a wide berth. I was lucky enough to watch this beautiful creature for 20 minutes or so as it walked around the forest looking for breakfast in the Tower Falls area of the park.
A Black Bear in Yellowstone National Park walks through some shrubs looking for breakfast. © Tony’s Takes

A Black Bear in Yellowstone National Park walks through some shrubs looking for breakfast. © Tony’s Takes

Yellowstone Black Bear cubs

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!

Yellowstone Black Bear cubs. © Tony’s Takes

Yellowstone Black Bear cubs. © Tony’s Takes