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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.

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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.

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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.

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And this site is beyond the joy I felt when I saw Mom.  But there was more surprises along the way.

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