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Going on a bear hunt! Yellowstone 2011

When we decided to do a big family trip this year, my brother in law told me about 50 times “don’t forget your camera! I want to see a bear and you to get a picture for me”. I wasn’t going to tell him that if I was going out west, the camera bag would be packed before other essentials like underwear and allergy medicine. And it’s true. I had my carry-on camera backpack loaded and ready in the car before anything else. I have a *small* obsession with photography.

I saw bears on 4 different occasions. We saw 3 mother grizzleys and 1 mother black bear. 3 mamas let their cubs run around them. 1 momma tried to keep her cubs away from the crowds. Speaking of crowds, I was pleasantly surprised by how the parks handled the crowds. On all sightings, there was a park ranger helping with traffic and keeping the crowd at a distance. All of these shots were taken with a 300mm zoon. Many people had super long range wildlife zooms and that was the only reason they were in the park—up close bear pics.

I was insanely jealous of the super long rang folks. I just don’t have the 8-10 thousand bucks to put down on zoom range glass if I don’t have a career in wildlife photography. But I got as close as I could and spent about 15-20 minutes with each set of bears and my family never complained to me about the wait. Some of these pictures are on previous posts, some are new.

Blurry cub ears

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Grizzly on a hill

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These were from the last bear sighting and beyond a doubt, the best in my opinion. This momma was playing with her cubs in the shady spots.

Cub playing with momma paws

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Gimme a kiss!

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Momma bear profile check

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The bear family

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Seeing the bears and having a momma deer visit us each morning were the two wildlife highlights of staying in Wyoming. I saw many other animals in the wild and I’m glad I had the chance to get them on camera. The only animal I didn’t see was a big cat. Frankie’s relatives didn’t want to show themselves or maybe they were still up in high country until the snow melts. Maybe next time 🙂

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