Wednesday, July 6, 2022

“Sunscreen Black Bear Cub”


“Sunscreen Black Bear Cub”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

It always thrills me to photograph the spring black bear cubs. They are just so darn cute!

I took a gamble this day while I was in Cades Cove, deciding which way to wait for the cubs I had seen earlier. I figured mama bear was nursing them under the shade of a cool tree. She could either come out the same way she was earlier or head up the hill on the backside of the trees. 

Patiently, I waited at the top of the hill, hoping they’d come my way. A friend of mine joined me on the hill. She decided to go back down the other side and wait. She said, “Wave your hands if you see them, and I will do the same.”

She began her descent down the hill. I giggled as I thought of waving my arms because the momma bear had just walked up the hill.

Boy, was I so excited to see the little ones follow suit. One cub climbed up the tree and decided to play hide and seek. I loved seeing that he was being clever and using the natural sunscreen of the mud on his nose.

Needless to say, it was a wonderful day!

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

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