What a day! Four bears and a cub in one day within half hour. This occurrence made my day. It was also getting a bit late and I had a three hours drive from Cades Cove, Tennessee to the place I was staying in North Carolina. Driving back was a breeze,… long but I was happy.
Wait, another siting as I was driving away. This big male was making eye contact but only for a few second which gave me enough time to capture that shot. Wow.
Another big surprise was about to surface. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to see another bear some thousand feet away from the first one. Please note that the bears were at a distance and didn’t make eye contact.
And that’s when it suddenly happened. While slowly driving, and with my eagle-eye vision (I can’t believe I’m saying that while I am waiting for cataract surgery) I notice a movement in the weeds and from a distance. I post that first shot without cropping so you can have an idea of the distance and focus on the middle of the picture for a black spot. I was using at that time my Canon 70-200mm Lens.
That black spot was this magnificent mother bear. My joy… can’t be described. You get the picture. I had time to switch to my 100-400mm Lens for a closer shot and that I got.
And this site is beyond the joy I felt when I saw Mom. But there was more surprises along the way.
A young buck (Male Deer) hiding in the weeds. It was hard to spot it at first, but it happened when he moves his head.
An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace.
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