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On a mid summer’s early morning a lone Black Bear can be seen among some tall glowing grasses in Yellowstone National Park. In this photo she has a dandelion in her mouth and her eyes already on another one. I don’t really know if it is a female bear for sure, but due to the relatively small size and adorable more feminine appearance in my opinion, I believe it is more likely a female. We spotted this same bear in the same field two mornings prior to taking this photo, but finally on our third visit here, she ventured close enough to capture better shots of her!

As you can see, she has quite a chunck missing from one ear and she is still yet in a rather thick unkept winter coat in mid summer. If one watches her walk, they can’t miss a distinct limp from a sore right front leg. It is my hope that she heals up and gets enough nutrition before it is time for hibernation.

Inland Bears are smaller than their coastal cousins, due to a coastal bears’ diet which includes salmon, which is rich in fat. I doubt this little bear was more than 90.7 KG (200 lbs).
Bears are omnivorous, eating anything that comes their way, grass, fruit, berries, roots, mammals, birds, carrion, grubs and ants, fish, frogs, etc.


Taken on July 24/09 at 9:20am Vancouver Island time ( 10:20am Yellowstone time).
Taken in Yellowstone National Park, US.
Taken in Raw.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 mm IS USM.
Iso 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640
No cropping!


  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 5 years ago

    Nice shot Sandy the grass sure makes a beautiful background !!

  • Thank you so much Curtiss! I couldn’t get over the limy green shades of the grasses in Yellowstone. What a beautiful place! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 5 years ago

    wonderful capture Sandy, she does look intent on that dandelion

  • Yes, she certainly was indeed! She did eat it and I am sure I have her munching on it too! lol Thank you very much Lynda! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    what a beautiful closeup capture! stunning detail and great setting.. love the detail on those grasses too..

  • Thank you so very much Maggie! It feels good to finally be back at Redbubble once again! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 5 years ago

    Nice capture Sandy. I sure hope to see some in the Tetons next month.

  • Thank you so much Gary! I hope you see some there too! We visited the Tetons, but didn’t get lucky in seeing any wildlife. I want to go back to Yellowstone again! I miss it already! :)

    – Sandy Stewart

  • cdudak
    cdudakover 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot Sandy of this bear….Kay

  • Thank you so kindly cdudak! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    What a beautifully SWEET capture!!!

  • Thank you very much Lorilee! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 5 years ago


  • Awe,…thank you Rany! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderover 5 years ago

    Fantastic Sandy! What a great sharp portrait of her! Super exposure. Black bears can be tough sometimes!

  • Awe,……thank you so much Chris! Yes, Black Bears certainly can be hard to capture in regards to detail for sure! I was so lucky with the lighting that morning. I set my exposure so as to get as much detailing in the shadowed areas as possible. Many kind thanks again! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    Gotta ask: how long did the dandelion last?
    Excellent capture, Sandy. Love the expression. :)

  • A couple of blinks and the dandelion disappeared! lol This particular bear really touched my heart partly due to the expressions it expressed while I enjoyed watching it. Many kind thanks Stan! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 5 years ago

    wonderful shot Sandy!!

  • Thank you so kindly Nature’s Realm! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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