This Aspen tree has obviously been “hugged” by a Black Bear.


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It’s all about capturing a moment in time. About discovering scenes that, when shared, generate interest and appeal.
I am absorbed in the passion for photography and derive great pleasure in being a part of this superb artistic community.

John Butler is a resident of Northern California. A builder, by trade – but spiritually, a naturalist and photographer.

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  • safariboy
    safariboyover 6 years ago

    great find john…!

  • wandalechene
    wandalecheneover 6 years ago

    great capture i love it well done i love the markings.

  • JLDunn
    JLDunnover 6 years ago

    Beautiful! You’ve a good eye!

  • Thanks JL – Take your camera whenever you’re in the woods and you will find little gems, like this one, as well.

    – John Butler

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 6 years ago

    ……What can I say!…..The attention you give to your subjects is amazing! You concentrate on representing minute details; which gives credence to what you represent, and your work as a whole! Fantastic John!S

  • mrbpaints
    mrbpaintsover 6 years ago

    If you go down to the woods today…..! great picture!

  • You better not go alone. Thanks

    – John Butler

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 6 years ago

    what a find, great shot!

  • Thanks, Jonicool – There were many trees clawed-up but this one was most recognizable. John B

    – John Butler

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago


  • John Butler
    John Butlerover 4 years ago

    Thanks, Barbara and the group.

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

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  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Did you wonder how long ago the bear had been by there? We found tracks like that on top of our car one morning, stained with the huckleberries the bear had stolen from one of our buckets.

  • Hi – Those claw marks look at least a season old. We never saw a bear on our four-day trip, although this scene made us more aware. John B

    – John Butler

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