Them’s Tourist by Gary L   Suddath

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A young bear with mom looking at all the tourist piled up in the middle of Laurel Creek Road…. one of the biggest problems in the park and especially Cades Cove is people stopping in the middle of the road to take pictures. Due to low light and being hand held I had to use an ISO of 800 to get this shot…imagine the results from the many cell phone shots that were in use also….Black Bear, ursus americanus…Mama’s ear tags were digitally removed if anyone wants the shot with them in, please let me know….Shot was taken in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park…noise may be visible on larger prints……Black bears in the park are wild animals, caution should be use in approaching them…The bear in Cades Cove are a little more tolerable to people than these would be. Those in the cove see 1000’s of people daily. People thinking that because they got close to one in the cove, they could anywhere in the park. Mama bear did a false charge to some that were trying to approach them a few minutes after this shot….Those in the cove and elsewhere can kill you. A young child was mauled in the park this year as he bent over to play in the water..To the bear he probably looked like a small deer…


  • Laurel
    Laurelover 6 years ago

    Good Shot Gary! They are very hard to capture in the woods with limited light!

  • elfevans
    elfevansover 6 years ago

    And limited DISTANCE….nicely done!

  • Glenna Walker
    Glenna Walkerover 6 years ago

    Great shot…well done!

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 6 years ago

    Great capture Gary, and also lighting and composition

  • shotzbyjay
    shotzbyjayover 6 years ago

    Very nice shot Gary, glad you got close enough!

  • riverotter
    riverotterover 6 years ago

    Great capture Gary (and thanks for adding the written information as well) … so many folks, not necessarily here on RB, do NOT know about animals in the wild. LOL though, I can almost hear the Mom Bear saying “Now, those are people, a strange lot, you’ll see them often around here … they have these strange things attached to them with flashy lights … just smile and keep walking …”

  • budrfli
    budrfliover 6 years ago

    nice capture. i like the way they are in the same pose

  • Mammalia
    Mammaliaover 6 years ago

    What a great shot of the bears, you have a beautiful wildlife collection here!!

  • jadeast
    jadeastover 6 years ago

    Excellent series Gary!

  • Pat Abbott
    Pat Abbottover 6 years ago

    Nice capture!

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