Evening folks…something about this pose, "Hey Smoky give me another drink, long day with the cubs!"
Evening folks…leading up to this photograph was a bit exciting! I was photographing the sow with the cubs that I posted last night, when momma bear took to the woods running. The cubs went into the woods a bit deeper and went up a tree. Next I viewed a bear coming out of the woods across this open area towards me at 200 feet out with the sow chasing behind him! He ran to my right and stopped within 15 feet of me sat down! At that point the sow stopped about 75 feet out and headed back to the woods with her cubs. It seemed like this young male was saying 'protect me from this big bad momma bear'! I took a few very tight head shots of this bear, then about 2 minutes later he walked slowly back to the woods.
Needless to say my heart was pumping a bit fast!
Evening folks…and the another reason for the trip up North last week was for bears! I received a lead about a sow with 3 cubs at this location and spent the better part of 3 1/2 days camped out there. Mom would bring the cubs out a 3-4 times a day almost like clock work, early morning, late morning, mid afternoon, and just before dark. Lots of photos to shift through, but this was one photo I was after, a family portrait! Do you know how hard it is to get all of them to say cheese and look at the camera…..