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?


To purchase wildlife and nature fine art prints, please visit my website:


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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?


To purchase wildlife and nature fine art prints, please visit my website:


https://www.judyroyalglennphotography.com


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.


To purchase wildlife and nature fine art prints, please visit my website:


https://www.judyroyalglennphotography.com


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


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

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