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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Milton the Black Bear

Trail camera photos of bears make my heart sing. Shortly after one of our big April storms, a bear walked in the woods. Look at the size of his hind paw covered in sticky snow.
This bear is not "Tiny". Unlike Tiny, this bear has a white blaze on his chest. However, he's as big as Tiny, which tells me that he's "Milton", usually the most prominent male bear in our area during mating season.
He is passing a bear tree in these photos but did not mark it. Indeed, both he and Tiny have passed this tree several times in the past month but neither has marked it yet.
He gazed into the distance before moving along.

Compared to those snowy days when Milton was traipsing around the forest, we've had gorgeous weather recently. Shyla and I have adored our sunny and warm bike rides.
Alas, another storm is starting right now. No one seems to know how much snow it will bring - but it could be a big storm. I feel like covering my eyes just like Shyla!
I'll try to visualize Columbines falling from the sky as it snows, because of course, the gorgeous wildflowers cannot grow without the spring snows!


  1. I do so love the bears. And dear sweet Shyla. What marvelous progress she has made. And you deserve as much credit as she does.

  2. I see Shyla peeking out at the beautiful spring that is coming your way.

  3. That is so cool you get to see those bears!

  4. Woof! Woof! Your temp suppose to drop down again but I bet it will be sunny. LOVE the last photo. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. Milton is just gorgeous! What a handsome bear! (Not that there are any bears who aren't handsome.) Haven't seen any more bears since our first sighting about 10 days ago.

    Shyla is such a cutie. Her exuberance shines through in every photo.

    Sorry you are getting another storm, though I must say it sounds more appealing than our hot weather.

    Susan and Wrigs

  6. Good idea Shyla. If you cover your eyes while the snow is falling does it really fall?


  7. Oh Milton you are adorable
    Benny & Lily

  8. The bears always make me smile!

    Yeah, we've had a taste of good weather for the last couple of days, but of course it will be gone for the weekend! Figures!

  9. Singing hearts are what it's all about.

  10. The bear is amazing, but at this point, so is the snow!

  11. We think the wildflowers have had enough snow to help them grow!

    Love those bear photos.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  12. I hs always adored seein' your bears and udder wildlife fotos...prolly cuz they is FAR away but I can gets up close through heres...hehehehe.

    Mum just read where there could be a possible snowstorm...KERAZY!


  13. Milton certainly does have one huge paw!
    You are so adorable, Shyla!

    Love ya lots
    Mitch and Molly

  14. Wow, that is a big boy! Hope you survive the snow storm.

  15. Incredible photos of the bear. These are interesting and beautiful. Very clear for being from a trail camera. Thanks for sharing them.

  16. Milton sure is a big bear - awesome seeing such great photos of him and Tiny. No more snow (hope the dogs don't read this0. C'mon - it is May 1st!!! Our three days of temps in the 80s will end today with temps in the30s tomorrow - crazy weather.

    Hope you really do see columbine flakes:)

  17. Is Milton a cinnamon bear??? Jealous, as always, of your pictures!

  18. We just had a bear wander thru a neighborhood here in Mesa - I'm sure yours is much happier where he is at.


  19. Wow great Pictures of the bear...congrats to them.
    Shyla is a great model...

  20. I love the snowy face portraits of the bear! And to think they were captured without an eye focusing! Technology just amazes me.

    Great photos of Shyla, too. And I love the imagery of columbines falling from the sky. My columbines have already started leafing, and they've survived the last three storms. We'll see if they can stomach this one, too...

    Yay for more wildflowers this year!

  21. Loved seeing your Bears! They are truly spectacular! We had one in our neighborhood last summer. It had killed a moose calf and because it was in a residential area they shot it. I am still heart broken.
    Hope the storm misses you, bet your as tired of the snow as we are!

  22. So amazing to see so much snow still appearing. Over here it has been more like summer with the bloom of colour appearing everywhere.

    I so luv Shyla, she is wonderful.

  23. The bear photos are so amazing! You capture moments that I cannot even imagine.
    I think spring is on its way to you,, soon it will visit you,

  24. Oh, Shyla is soooooo sweet! How did you teach her to do the covering her eyes thing? I want to teach that to Bella but have no idea how to approach it.

    The bear photos are awesome. We had a couple visit us last year. Kind of wondering if they'll be back. Also thinking I need to get a motion sensor camera. Any advice on picking one up?


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