Wednesday, October 20, 2021

It’s Their Home

“It’s Their Home”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Late yesterday afternoon in Cades Cove turned into a long line of cars because a bear family stayed in the road. One cub even tried to sleep on the road.


The line of cars backed up to the entrance to Cades Cove Loop Road. I didn’t want to get in the traffic but decided to in hopes of photographing bears. To make the situation merrier, I turned on Christmas music and had a jolly ride.


The staff tried to manage the problem the best they could to keep the bears and visitors safe. 


One by one, visitors managed their cars as instructed by the staff. Some had to stop or move their car around the bears.

Others honked their horns as directed to encourage the bears to move.


The mamma bear was not excited to share the walnuts she cracked open. One cub was scolded with a sudden snare and body pounce as he got too close to her meal. So, the cubs were bored and wandered around or rested.


Two cubs started trotting down the road. People were scattered around so they cleared the way. Soon mamma bear and another cub pursued. They walked down the road to another walnut tree. The mamma ate as two cubs climbed the tree. The excitement ended as they walked into the woods and disappeared.


We as visitors can’t complain about the long line of cars. I sat in it for at least an hour. Cades Cove is their home—we are just visitors. 


Now you know the rest of the story. 


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Monarchs Falling From Heaven

“Monarchs Falling From Heaven”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography


I am in love with monarch butterflies and have been since I started raising them.

While I was in Cades Cove on Friday, I found a patch of white flowers. There were monarchs everywhere! I gasped and almost started crying.


 It was as if they were dropping out of the sky from nowhere. The monarchs are migrating to Mexico and must have crossed over the mountain and said, “Look, there is Cades Cove! Let’s go there!”


Have you seen them migrating through in the last few weeks?


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Snap, Crackle, Pop!

“Snap, Crackle, Pop!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography


A baby black bear was high in the cherry trees in Cades Cove, Tennessee. He was so high a mountain was visible in the background.


The mamma bear and her cubs enjoyed feasting on the cherries for quite a while. Mamma bear ripped apart the large limbs with her mouth, so she could pull the branch loaded with cherries within reach.


Amazingly, the bears know which branches will hold their weight. Meanwhile, they were snapping and crackling the branches and popping the cherries in their mouths.


Have you ever seen the bears up so high?


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Time Has Come

“The Time Has Come”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Spring, summer, and early fall are always my busiest seasons of the year. I am already active with my wildlife and nature photography, especially photographing black bears. But the activity that keeps me busiest is raising monarch caterpillars.


I am doing whatever possible to save the monarchs. If it means going into tall fields and collecting eggs while I get tons of chiggers, I’ll do it. By the way, that happened this summer.


But the time has come for them to start their migration to the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. Millions of monarchs will congregate there for the winter. One day, I will meet them there!


People wonder how they make that long, arduous journey when they seem so fragile. Well, I know the answer—it is God. He created all the critters I so enjoy. God wired them to know where to go to escape the cold winter in Eastern North America.


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Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia


Keep your eye to the sky. Have you seen them? If so, where?

Monday, September 27, 2021

Hangin’ Out Until Cades Cove Re-opens

“Hangin’ Out Until Cades Cove Re-opens”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Part II - If you were wondering what the bears are doing while Cades Cove is closed…they are “Hangin’ Out.”


The wait is almost over for the Cades Cove Loop road to re-open due to repaving. Tomorrow, September 28, the Cove should re-open. Fingers crossed! 


The bears “told” me they have been hanging out and having a lot of fun. They sure missed us though:)


Backstory: In May, I found a bear while walking in the woods with friends. We found out the bear was a female when she crossed the road and called down her cubs from a tree. It was precious. This photo shows one of the cubs coming down.


 I named the mama bear Pepe. Pepe nursed the cubs, then they were on the move—fueled and ready to go. They crossed the road safely because a car stopped for them. 


They caused quite a commotion. The cubs played follow the leader on a downed tree, had a sumo wrestling match, peered at the tourist while standing on their hind legs, climbed up and down trees, and even picked out a Christmas tree for the family.


Pepe then “treed” the cubs a.k.a. told them which tree to climb and stay in. She then took a nap on a downed moss-covered tree. They finally crossed the road and disappeared.


It was an amazing day. I was happy that so many others were able to see the bears!


Are you ready to go back to the Cades Cove and see them again?


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Friday, September 24, 2021

Wildlife and Nature Photography for Sale

"Wildlife and Nature Photography for Sale"

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

 

As you know, my favorite thing to photograph is black bears. I will photograph anything the Lord puts in front of me to photograph.


But you may not know I have a website and my work is for sale. I sold two photos of the Queen Anne’s lace recently—photo shown bottom right.


This collage of photos shows the main page of my website, a sample of some of the many galleries, a helpful tool showing how different size photos appear on a wall, and it shows a few of my latest photos.


I would love for you to visit my site. Which is your favorite photo? 


www.judyroyalglennphotography.com 


Please share this post with your friends. Thank you very much!! 


Happy Fall Y’all!!




Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘Strollin’ Wet Bear

“‘Strollin’ Wet Bear”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Well, if you’re wondering what the bears are doing because Cades Cove Loop Road is closed, look at this photo. They are probably strollin’ down Hyatt Lane without a care in the world.


I’m excited to see the new road. Hopefully, there will be more paved pull-offs so people will pull over when they see a bear and not block traffic.


The day I photographed this mama bear, she walked down Hyatt Lane with three cubs, two volunteers, and a few people in tow. The bears meandered around and enjoyed the greens covered by the fresh rain. 


I told my friend earlier, “Let’s go find some wet bears.” And that we did!


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Monday, September 20, 2021

No Bull

“No Bull”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


If you’ve never had the chance to see the elk at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, you need to go. The elk roam and graze in the fields and sometimes cross the Oconaluftee River—which make for great photography! Male elk are called a bulls and can weigh up to 800 pounds and carry huge antlers.


Elk were reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2001. The original elk were overhunted by the settlers which lead to their demise.  


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Location: Cherokee, North Carolina

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Giddyup, Mama!

“Giddyup, Mama!”

~ A bear cub climbs on his mama’s back ~

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Once in a while, you get a special opportunity when out photographing. A black bear and her cubs graced my presence. They meandered about on Sparks Lane for a while. I parked my car at the top of the hill and Hazel and her cubs decided to walk near it. 


While I was photographing her, I noticed another set of ears popping up on her back. One of her cubs climbed up and said, “Giddyup, Mama!”


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Surrounded in Beauty

“Surrounded in Beauty"

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


A few friends came over to my apartment on the lake, and we ventured out exploring a tiny island on the property. We didn’t find much that day, but I found a blue dasher dragonfly surrounded in beautiful wild coneflowers.


I messaged my friends who were photographing on a different part of the island and told them to come towards me. Together we pieced together beautiful shots by sharing what our photographs looked like. My favorite photo is the dragonfly surrounded by coneflowers with the milkiness of the lake in the background.  


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Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Beauty in the Little Things

“Beauty in the Little Things
Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Queen Anne’s Lace is abundant in Cades Cove. I am usually busy photographing bears or bucks, so I have overlooked its beauty.


As I was leaving a field after photographing bucks, a single stalk of the Queen Anne’s Lace caught my eye. So much so, I stopped to photograph it. When I stop to photograph something, I usually go over and beyond what is necessary to get the shot. This day was no exception.


I whipped out my tripod to steady my hand and camera as I took the photograph. Smaller stems were tucked away so a single flower was in view. I moved my tripod around trying to find a clean, pretty background then took the shot.


As I was editing the photo, I thought about its name and wondered where the origin came from. I don’t believe everything I read on the Web but found this citing. “The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Leadership Programs for Teachers cites the origin of the name as follows: ‘Queen Anne’s Lace is said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, and expert lace maker. When she pricked her finger with a needle, a single drop of blood fell into the lace, thus the dark purple floret in the center of the flower.’” www.commonsensehome.com 


Hopefully, you too will take time to find beauty in the little things at the Cove.


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Right Place Right Time!

"Right Place Right Time!"

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


I was thrilled to photograph a northern pintail duck while I was at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina because he was a lifer for me.


It was winter and I was searching the lake for the resident eagles. My mind quickly shifted to the ducks. I was excited as could be! I was so excited that I did not see the bald eagle flying overhead. My husband yelled out to me, then my focus shifted to the eagles.


These little guys migrate to to the southern half of the U.S., Central America, and Mexico. I was in the right place at the right time!


Location: Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina 


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Lazy Days of Summer

“Lazy Days of Summer”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


A friend and I went to Cades Cove, Tennessee to photograph black bears. We had a pretty good day, and the day got even better when we found a bear in the field. It was meandering around and came very close to the road to eat some leaves.


The bear looked up the tree a few times. I told my friend that it was going to climb the tree. Sure enough, she scampered up, and we found out that she was a mama bear. Her cubs were above her sleeping while she enjoyed a quick nap in the tree. 


Needless to say, we had a wonderful time photographing the mama bear and the cubs. What a way to end the day! 


Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Friday, July 16, 2021

Shred to Pieces

“Shred to Pieces”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


I watched this mamma black bear and her cubs for hours and hours while I was in Cades Cove, Tennessee. 


She and her cubs caused quite a large audience. A camera crew even filmed her for a documentary. 


She “treed” her cubs which seemed like for hours as she foraged. Treed means she told her cubs which tree to climb and stay in until she called them down.


She put on quite a show. While she was foraging, she walked to the road and took a drink, sat down and munched on a sapling, took a small siesta, let her babies play in an open field, but one of my favorite things was watching her shred a tree to pieces. She stood on her hind legs and began tearing the tree apart to find the grubs. 


It as a wonderful day with many great memories!


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Ma, This Christmas Tree!

“Ma, This Christmas Tree!”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Cubs are so cute to observe as they explore their new environment. This cub was no exception. 


He first used his sense of smell and inhaled the aroma of the fir needles. He began to play with the branch, then became unstable and slipped off the log onto the forest floor.


Christmas is far away, but he wanted to pick out the Christmas tree early.


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Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Monday, June 21, 2021

Nominations Open

“Nominations Open”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Once again, I am releasing monarch butterflies in memory or honor of a loved one. I don’t have many yet. Please read all:)

Last year I released about 50 butterflies in honor/memory of loved ones. I also let some children name the butterflies and then release them. It brought me immense pleasure! It brings me joy knowing it brings joy to others. I have also enjoyed hearing your comments of joy because of the release:)

If you have a friend or family member who would like a butterfly released in memory or honor of a loved one, please reach out to them and ask them if they would like one released. If you or they would like a butterfly release, please visit my Facebook photography page and look for the above photo and leave your request there. 


I am also posting this on my other social media platforms. To be fair, I will go in order they are requested unless there is a specific date that coincides best with the release of that butterfly. 

****There is one exception. If you have already had one released, I will let the new people go before you:)****


I will try to take a cellphone photo or video of the release if I can. The butterflies don’t always cooperate. I will inform you when I post your special butterfly. 

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Raising Monarch Butterflies Paid Off!

"Raising Monarch Butterflies Paid Off!"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

My work raising and tagging monarch butterflies paid off!
I was curious if any of my monarchs that I have tagged have been recovered. Today, I checked Monarch Watch's sight and one of mine was! I was excited to say the least.
I released a female monarch at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on October 5, 2020. It was spotted in Marietta, Georgia on October 8th.
She flew about 70 miles in three days. A man named James sent in the report and commented she was a strong, vibrant colored specimen.
If you see a monarch early in the season or late in the season, check to see if it has a tag and report your findings to Monarch Watch.
This photo is not a photo of her. Actually it is a male. I just wanted to include a photo of a butterfly I raised.

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Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
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