Am I doing it right, ma?

We watched this mother bear and her two cubs feasting on the grasses and sedges in the meadow for quite a while. There were so many poses and gestures and moments that we could have filled our cards just with these bears alone that day! I love this one because of the way the cub is looking up at the mother – and again, maybe anthropomorphizing, but it’s almost as if to say ‘is this how we do this, ma?’ I could actually here them tearing the grasses and yes, smacking, too – which is awesome to be close enough to experience that, safely.

In less than 2 weeks I’ll be up there again, meeting my workshop group, only this time it’s during the salmon run, and we hope to capture fishing bears, along with all the other activities. I’m looking forward to getting back there. It’s a barrel of fun and lots of laughs as you watch the cubs play, and every day provides such great photo opportunities!

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  1. Sue perse July 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Lovely shot. How exciting to that close safely!

    • Brenda Tharp July 31, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      Hi Sue,
      thank you! Yes, it is very exciting – the bears and their offspring have become habituated to having humans around for years now, yet we keep a safe, prescribed distances in approaching them and continue to treat them as the wild animals they are. It’s a delicate balance, for sure, and exhilarating as an experience!