Cub Scout by Martin Smart

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WINNER of the Nose Nose Challenge in the Nature Photography Challenge Group

Featured in “300+ Go Long!” October 2009
Featured in “Breathtaking Animals & Plants” August 2010
Featured in “Americas Rural, Urban, Wild And Free” October 2010
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” December 2010
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This young Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub was exploring a grassy meadow in Yellowstone and kept stopping to smell the wildflowers and grasses, presumably to decide whether there was anything that would be tasty enough to eat. I watched and photographed him for around half an hour and during this time there was no sign of his mother and he didn’t seem in the least bit concerned about my presence. Photographic opportunities were however limited as the grasses were mostly taller than he was so it was difficult to get a clear shot!

Canon 40D with EF500 F4L IS lens & 1.4x Converter
1/250sec f5.6 ISO 400

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful capture, excellent work,

  • Thank you very much Ann!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 5 years ago

    Great portrait Martin and some excellent detail.

  • Thank you David, appreciate the comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 5 years ago

    Still a nice image despite the tall grass

  • Much appreciate the comment Jay, thank you!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kimberly Adams
    Kimberly Adamsover 5 years ago

    Just a stunning image of him! Nicely done.

  • Thanks so much Kimberly!

    – Martin Smart

  • main1
    main1over 5 years ago

    How sweet!! What a gorgeous little face :)

  • Thank you for your comment Marleia, he was fun to watch!

    – Martin Smart

  • Karen Kaleta
    Karen Kaletaover 5 years ago

    Great shot. At least he peeked through that tall grass enough for you to get this wonderful capture. Hope his Mom was somewhere close though…

  • Thank you very much for your comment Karen. We actually saw him at the same location on two different occasions, but his mom didn’t appear to be around on either.

    – Martin Smart

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Lovely portrait. Great colours, details, and dof.

  • Thank you for your comments Torfinn, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture.

  • Thank you very much John!

    – Martin Smart

  • ChrisMSnyder
    ChrisMSnyderover 5 years ago

    Super close up. I love that set up for Yellowstone too!!

  • Thank you very much Chris!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 5 years ago


    Your image above was featured in our telephoto lens group;

    300+ Go Long! . . . . . . . . . . . . . Masters of the Telephoto

  • Wow! Thank you very much Ken for featuring one of my images again in this wonderful group. I feel very honoured and what a great way to end the day!!

    – Martin Smart

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