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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Bears at play

I am planning to enter a contest for photos taken by remote wildlife cameras. I can enter more than one photo so I plan to enter one bear photo, one lion photo, and one bobcat photo. For today, I wanted to ask your help in picking the "best" of the photos taken outside the bear den that I found last winter. The bear den contained a mother and two yearling cubs. On a spring afternoon, the trio played rambunctiously for hours.

I'd be very grateful if you could choose a #1 and #2 favorites! Thank you!
Cubs at play

Yes, Mom...

Stand up and play fight like a bear!

There he goes up the tree again...

I'll kiss it and make it better.
The mother bear after the cubs had dispersed (7/29/10)
I think that the funniest photo might be the one taken by the trail camera of me in my big rigid neck brace peeking in the den (I'd just had neck fusion surgery). I took the surgeon's orders very seriously. Believe it or not, he never mentioned that I couldn't peek at a trio of bears in a den while standing in a foot of snow.

I have a trail camera pointed at the den but haven't visited it since June to avoid spooking any bears with human scent. I plan to check it in the depths of winter when any potential hibernating bears are sound asleep.


  1. I has to pick favorites! They're all my favorite. MOL.

    Up the tree - cause it looks like he's dancing.

    Cubs at play. That foot in the air is cute.

  2. Man, was that ever hard!!! They're all too good!!!

    Stand Up and Play Fight Like a Bear

    Kiss and Make it Better

    You know, your captions make great even better...

  3. I like the 3rd and the 5th with the 4th coming in close to the others.

  4. #1 'Cubs at play"
    #2 'There He Goes Up the Tree Again'

    Wonderful :-)

  5. SO difficult but if I had to choose JUST two

    Cubs at play
    I'll kiss it and make it better

    I will concur with the others - all great and the captions so made me smile!

  6. Super hard! I agree. They are all AWESOME!

    I like the first two. I will try to explain why.

    I like "Cubs at Play" because I have never seen the bottom of a bears foot before.

    I like "Yes Mom" because the differences in their heads is very cool.

    My third pick would be "Up the Tree." The other photos are great but I feel it is better to go with more original compositions.

    Hope that helps!

    Good luck!

  7. This is tough ...I guess, Yes, Mom and there he goes up the tree again.

    Your pal, Pip

  8. I absolutley love the first one, but I think the second one is the best. They are all so good!


  9. Are you allowed to include captions? Yours are great.

    #1 - I'll kiss it amd make it better.

    #2 - There he goes up the tree again.

    But to be very honest, they are all wonderful.

    Good luck.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  10. #1 Yes mom
    #2 Stand up and play....

    These are all really terrific!!
    Let us know which you decide to enter :)

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  11. I think all of the pictures are wonderful, but Yes, Mom and I'll kiss it and make it better are my top two picks! I honestly don't think you can make a bad choice on this one, though. I wish you lots of luck with the contest! Let us know if we can vote for you. :)

  12. #1-Cubs at Play
    #2-I'll kiss it and make it better.

    They are all great pictures:)
    Good luck in the contest:)

  13. Wow - awesome pics and a tough choice. I think I like 1)"kiss it and make it better" and 2)"yes, mom" the best. How close did you place the camera or did she happen to make her den near your already set camera? I love the wildlife camera idea - I've thought of doing the same near my home, but there may be too much human traffic to leave it unspoiled. Good luck with your contest!!!

  14. I like 1) kiss it and make it better and 2) up the tree because they are closer up. Good luck! Your pix are great!

  15. 1.kiss it and make it better and
    2. Stand up and play fight like a bear!!

    So cute!

  16. They are all fantastic, but if I had to chose, I'd say:

    The second one and the last one.

  17. Oooh-I like #3 and #4! can't wait to see what you pick and if you win!!!!

  18. We like the "kiss it and make it better" picture the best because it shows the universal mother-child bond transcends species. We like the "yes, mother" second best for the same reason. You're getting so many different choices from your voters that this may not help your decision-making much. They're all great pictures.

    Jed & Abby

  19. Geesh KB....I just can't choose, I really cant!
    They are ALL fabulous, so I would suppose it depends on the criteria of the competition...I'm sorry I'm not much help, but I had a good laugh at the first one.
    Sending lotsaluv to you and warm wishes that K's paw heals up fast.
    (By the way...I loved ALL of the previous posts too!)

  20. I would say "Stand Up .." and "There he goes ...". This was really a hard choice. Good luck in the contest!

  21. Stand up and fight, followed by Yes mom.

    Great bear photos!

  22. Ok, our picks are

    #1 I'll kiss it and make it better

    #2 Yes mom

    A CLOSE runner up was Cubs at Play or as we like to think "Talk to the Paw"

    Best of luck!
    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

    P.S. You sure are brave venturing out like that after neck surgery :)

  23. YOU are WAY too literal for your own good! "he didn't say I couldn't peak at a trio of bears in a den while standing in a foot of snow..." Like that was on a check list or something.

    ok for my picks:
    1. Stand up and fight like a bear
    2. kiss it and make it better

    oh and um, i just saw your comment about Norwood on the Herd's site... and um, ya, i saw that post of him on a boulder and now I'm gonna start lookin for he boulders around here... cuz you know if Norwood can get in on the K-boulder challenge, then the cracker and the criminal can too! K better be workin' on gettin her toesie better, she's gonna have competition!

  24. Way too cool you found a bear den and with cubs!

    I think they're all great! Will pick out a couple for ya though :)

    #1 Kiss it and make it better

    #2 Cubs at play

    Waggin at ya,

  25. I'm a new blog follower!!! And I LOVE the pictures you have on your blog of the bears! My vote is for:
    Stand up and play fight like a bear!
    I'll kiss it and make it better!

    Great photos!

  26. Oh, I luvs them all. But my favoritest one is the first one. I luvs the bear foot sticking up in the air. It looks like his brudder or sister just pushed him down. And then my second favorite is the kiss it and make it better one.

    How come you didn't show us the one of you peeking into the den?

    Wiggles & Wags,

  27. I love the "yes mom" and "kiss and make it better". It's such mom/children behavior and is just precious! Good luck, keep us posted!

  28. These photos are so awsome! And love these captions too.
    Holy smokes, how can we pick. They are all too good.
    ok- if we must

    So very awsome!

  29. I missed this yesterday and so I'll add my late vote of #1 and 2 and say like everyone else has, that they are all amazing pictures--I've shown them to my husband ane he's enjoyed them as well!!

  30. So hard to choose cuz I luvs all of dems but here is my picks:

    1)Cubs at play
    2 I'll kiss it and make it better

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  31. I'm late, but I like #3-Stand up and fight like a bear and #5 Kiss it and Make it Better. All of them are winners though because how often do people get to see a bears life up close and personal. I mean regular people, not you mountaineers!


    Jo and Stella

  32. wooohoo this is fun
    #1 Up the tree- I like the closeness
    #2 Yes Mom- because is exactly the discussion


  33. #1 - Yes Mom
    #2 - Stand up and fight like a bear.

    Wow, these are great. Wish we had been able to get bear pics like this out in Montana. We only got a bear's BUTT!

    The Road Dogs

  34. I missed these last week when I was fighting a cold. They're all good. I like Yes Mom, and the very last one best I think. Up the Tree is good too! Good luck with the contests.


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