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Black Bear by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum 3-11-10 with my Canon Powershot SX10IS, he is a new addition to the Museum as of late 2009

A regular visitor to many campgrounds, the black bear normally does not live up to its ferocious reputation. Though it will defen itself as well as cubs & food supply, it usually retreats from people unless lured by food.

Despite its name,this bear comes in many different colors from pure white to totally black. in the West, most are brown, cinnamon or tan. All are heavy built with small eyes and short round ears. As members of the raccoon family, the bear places all it’s entire foot on the ground, leaving tracks roughly the size and shape of a human footprint, only wider and with claw marks.

Black bears feed on a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetation, along with insects, meat, and garbage. tho store fat for the winter, it must eat almost on a constant basis throughout Summer & Fall. Black Bears mate in June or July, implantation is delayed until late in the year, when a female is already asleep in her den.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, you and I are 350 times more likely to be killed by lighting than by a Black Bear.


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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    I hope you had a big lens to use, excellent capture

  • No lens Michael, I am still in P&D world my friend! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoover 4 years ago

    He looks very healthy and well fed. Excellent capture!

  • That he is, not very active like most I guess. Thank you ~☼

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    superb detail, wonderful capture

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 4 years ago

    He’s just beautiful Kimberly! :) I’d love a cuddle! :) When we went to Canada, all I wanted to see was the bears and they were still sleeping! :( Naturally I didn’t see any! :(

  • OH I am sorry, though it probably would be safe to cuddle with them if they were

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Amazing capture Kim, he is certainly well fed

  • LOL, yes he is. Thank you Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DigitallyStill
    DigitallyStillover 4 years ago

    A real beauty Kimberly. Well done!


  • I agree Francine, Spring is in the air ! Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your text, it sure is difficult to picture this guy as a relative of the racoon, though! Wonderful image! Dee

  • I hear ya! You read it like I did, I tried looking it up and I have come to the conclusion that it was comparability speaking. At least I think so…lol Thank you Diane!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Kimberly!

  • Thank you so very much Trish~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    What a huge bear !! looks like he does’nt have to worry about hibernating for the winter judging by his plumpness ! great shot

  • That is the truth, he is a plump teddy isn’t he ~ thank you very much for taking the time to visit and comment Trudi!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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