07 July, 2012
Another trip to Yellowstone National Park after a night before at Chico Hot Springs with our friends Gretchen McBeath and Dick Kane. Gretchen had remarked that this would be her 5th trip to Yellowstone with us and she had never seen a bear. As a side note to those of you who do not know Gretchen and Dick, they are bear lovers and have over 100 stuffed bears that they have collected over the years. In anticipation of the trip, I researched where the bears had been seen in Yellowstone in the last 2 weeks. We arrived in the park just before 7:00 AM in hopes of finding a bear before it got too sunny and too hot. By 8:30 we had driven through mist and fog and had seen no bears.
I had a couple places I wanted to explore, so we did some backtracking. Soon after we left Tower Junction and headed back toward Mammoth, we saw lots of people and cars along the road. The trip became an immediate success as we saw what the onlookers were seeing. A mama black bear and twin cubs. I have developed 6 of the 75 pictures that I took for the blog.
This is an early view of the mama and her cubs.
02 July, 2012
It started on June 25th. Go back to the prior posting to see what I captured on that day. Since then I have captured more photographs of the babies in the nest and I am amazed at how fast they are growing. But before we share with you their current status, I will report that on the 26th I went to the nest where the older babies were to see if they were acting like they wanted to leave the nest. The next was empty and they were gone. So I spent the next hour looking at all of the places they could have fallen and perhaps not made the trip. No sights of babies. Since then I have seen at least one if not both of them. I can tell by their fact that they do not fly like the adults. And now to the new babies.