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Sow Grizzly & Four Cubs in Yellowstone

 
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Jun 11, 2010 15:43 |  #1

Our first full day in Yellowstone and by 9:30a a small crowd, in comparison to the following days, was entertained by the mother sow and her four cubs. We watched as the sow trotted from the north end of Swan Flats to the south end some 300 yards off the east side of the road with all four cubs in tote and the runt bringing up the rear as a much smaller dot. As they headed south covering the distance in quick time they got closer to the road. Eventually getting within 40 yards. The cluster of gathering vehicles stopping in the road prevented her from crossing as she clearly wanted to do. The relentless crowd had prevented the crossing and she retreated far off to the east. But we did get a good 30 minutes of extremely good opportunities. I know how lucky I was as I never came close the rest of my days on this trip. Every day after there was a complete zoo of vehicles and onlookers hoping for their chance. Enjoy...

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Jun 11, 2010 16:00 |  #2

2 and 3 are fantastic!


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Jun 11, 2010 21:09 |  #3

We heard about this mama when we were there but never saw her. Lucky you and great shots!!


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Jun 12, 2010 09:38 |  #4

Very nice catch. That had to be a blast to see.


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Jun 13, 2010 12:06 |  #5

A wonderful experience for you, I'm sure. Good work.


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Jun 13, 2010 13:18 |  #6

Bill, after reading the exif I see we were there the same day but didn't happen by that area until latter when she was over againt the hillside. So we weren't so lucky getting close photos of her with the 4 cubs, but we did find others the next day. You got some great photos by the looks of it.


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Jun 13, 2010 19:24 |  #7

Awsome shots!


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Jun 13, 2010 19:25 |  #8

very nice, thanks for sharing


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Jun 14, 2010 02:15 |  #9

I happened to be in Yellowstone within the last few days and also saw this bear with the 4 cubs. What a sight to see. When we saw the crowd of cars, it looked like a scene from an NFL football sideline with all the huge lenses. I thought it was maybe some group of people who were on some sort of photography tour or class. But after asking around, it was all just individuals. Individuals with a lot of nice glass and equipment. At first when we pulled up, I was trying to gather information and one lady with a big lens very snotty said to me, "I do this for a living". It was almost like it was her territory and how dare I try to find my spot out here to see these bears. Thankfully others were very kind and actually let me look through their lenses to see these bears up close. It truely was a rare sight and glad I got to witness it. Came back the next day and there was a crowd out there again, but we must have just missed the bears. I have not looked through my pictures yet but if I get any thing worth posting I will share with the group here.




  
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Jun 14, 2010 11:02 |  #10

Steiny wrote in post #10357552 (external link)
I happened to be in Yellowstone within the last few days and also saw this bear with the 4 cubs. What a sight to see. When we saw the crowd of cars, it looked like a scene from an NFL football sideline with all the huge lenses. I thought it was maybe some group of people who were on some sort of photography tour or class. But after asking around, it was all just individuals. Individuals with a lot of nice glass and equipment. At first when we pulled up, I was trying to gather information and one lady with a big lens very snotty said to me, "I do this for a living". It was almost like it was her territory and how dare I try to find my spot out here to see these bears. Thankfully others were very kind and actually let me look through their lenses to see these bears up close. It truely was a rare sight and glad I got to witness it. Came back the next day and there was a crowd out there again, but we must have just missed the bears. I have not looked through my pictures yet but if I get any thing worth posting I will share with the group here.

Well, I hope some of those "Snotty" photographers read this and take note. If I had to make my living being an ass, I think I'd find a new line of work. Sad thing is there are a number of photographers in Yellowstone with the same attitude. It is very possible to be a successful photographer without being so damn cut-throat. The experience is ruined when you run into people like that I'm afraid. Hope to see some of your shots.


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Jun 14, 2010 11:17 |  #11

I don't expect anyone to change because of what I wrote or others who may have the same opinion. As soon as the comment was made, I turned my back and just continued to be in awe at the surroundings around me. From all the photographers, to the majestic park I was in, to the bears I could see in the distance, and to the beauty of the day that allowed me to be there at that time.

It is funny, I have this "conspiracy theorist" friend of mine who told me not to go Yellowstone. He said it could blow sky high. I said, If it does, I hope I am there to see it. I told him I am going to Hawaii later this year and he said basically the same thing, don't go cause it could blow. I said I am going and I could not think of a better place to be if I am going to be in harms way. I am not going to stop living and enjoying because something tragic might happen. In my opinion, his conspiracy theories have paralyzed him while life is going by. His loss, not mine.

Anyway, I am glad I made the trip to Yellowstone. My wife and I busted tail around the park in two days. We saw a lot, did a lot and enjoyed it all. We were exhausted. Hope to do it again some day at a slower pace though.




  
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Jun 14, 2010 11:20 |  #12

Steiny, sadly it's not uncommon to run into some photographers like that who think they are pretty important, but as you said thankfully there are lots of nice ones. People with the big lenses attract almost as much attention as the animals sometimes, and some people are rude to them, perhaps some of them get to feeling frustrated, but it's still no excuse to put on the rude personality. I enjoy being around the people who are excited to see the animals, many for the first time.

I'm glad Bill posted his nice shots here for everyone to see, I only got to see and photograph that bear and cubs from a long distance.


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Jun 14, 2010 13:09 |  #13

The first one is cute with all the little heads peeking in the background! I can only imagine the rush of photographing these guys.


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Jun 16, 2010 20:28 |  #14

great pics we tried for a week to get them and never once saw them :(


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Jun 16, 2010 21:43 |  #15

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