Snow Bear

-3 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes. -3 degrees! But that didn't stop my determination to try to photograph a bear in the snow. Today was really my last chance of photographing in the snow, at Pungo, before it melts. Here in eastern North Carolina your're never guaranteed snow, so you have to take advantage while you can. So Candace & I made the trip down and I made the long walk, towards where I knew the bear would be, by myself. Candace said it was too cold and waited for me in the nice warm truck. So after getting pretty close, I noticed a sow & her cub slowly making their way my direction. I got into position and patiently waited for them to arrive. I wasn't exactly sure where they were going to cross the canal but I knew it would be one of 3 trails. I sat in between all three and hoped that they would cross to my left, that trail had the best light. After about 15 minutes I began to notice, two round black shapes making their way through the standing corn field. They were here!! On the exact trail that I hoped they would be on! I started to photograph every few seconds, hoping they wouldn't hear my camera shutter, but then they caught my wind. After smelling the air trying to figure out if I was still there or not they turned around and walked to another trail, this one about 30 yards further. But still in good light. They slowly came out and crossed within 75 yards from where I was sitting. Success!!! I finally photographed not 1, but 2 bear in the snow! I have been dreaming of this day for so long!  Below you will find 10 images from this morning. I would love to know you thoughts! 

Until next time,

Cheers, Neil


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