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Under Suspicion by Martin Smart
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JOINT WINNER in the American Southwest “Animals in the Wild” Challenge in the American Southwest Group

Featured in “Bears of the World” September 2009
Featured in “Animal Photography” November 2009
Featured in “Photography Challenge Group” November 2010
Featured in “Challenge Winners Vault” March 2012

A magnificent cinnamon-coloured Black Bear, having just awoken from an afternoon doze considers whether a suspicious movement nearby is worthy of further investigation. In the circumstances I tried to maintain a low profile!

Photographed in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, USA

Canon 40D with 500mm lens
1/125sec f8 ISO 400

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brown, bear, carnivore, cinnamon, dangerous powerful mammal

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  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 4 years ago

    Love those bears – keep ’em coming

  • Thanks Jay – I’ve got a few more in the pipeline!!

    – Martin Smart

  • EIysia
    EIysiaover 4 years ago

    Awesome pic! What a gorgeous animal :)

  • Thank you very much Elysia!

    – Martin Smart

  • mindarella
    mindarellaover 4 years ago

    Amazing Martin….Now, ya see…if I had come across this bear, I would have emmediately thought that it was a Grizzly, just because of the color…Stunning image…

  • Thanks so much for the compliments Mindy! Would be as well to learn how to identify a Grizzly from Black Bear – helps to determine how fast you might need to run!!!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    Superb exposure and image Martin, it must be a big buzz to see these in the wild.

  • Thanks very much for the compliment David. I do get a huge buzz from photographing bears, and have had some interesting encounters!

    – Martin Smart

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work, this is a wonderful capture, I will be in Nanaimo in October I hope I don’t meet up with him LOL,

  • Thanks very much Ann! Hope you enjoy your stay in Nanaimo. Have no fear about meeting up with this bear here – I photographed him in the US!!

    – Martin Smart

  • main1
    main1over 4 years ago

    So gorgeous martin!!

  • Thanks so much Marleia!

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Superbly captured. Excellent work.

  • Thank you so much Bunny!

    – Martin Smart

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 4 years ago

    OH MY …… Is too close for me. Magnificent shot Martin. Good thing the bear was sleepy!! :-)

  • Thank you very much for your comments Glenda!

    – Martin Smart

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    I see, we are visiting the US first LOL, we stay at " The Buccaneer" in Nanaimo, its a wonderful place to stay,

  • Crystaleyes
    Crystaleyesover 4 years ago

    Wow! great shot glad I was’nt there.

  • Thanks very much Crystaleyes!

    – Martin Smart

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