"My First Bear"  © Pamela Bole
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(@JohnEMoore) John Moore said:January 3rd, 2018 (9:44am) PST
nice hike sometimes the subject is more important than settings.
@pamelabole replied: Yes, you are so right!! Thanks for commenting!! : )
(@AleksandarVasic) Aleksandar Vasic said:January 5th, 2016 (10:13am) PST
@pamelabole replied: : ) ....thank you!!!
(@TimDuffus) Tim Duffus said:November 13th, 2015 (11:21am) PST
Great capture Pamela.
@pamelabole replied: Thank you Tim!! : )
(@stevegold425) Steve Goldschmidt said:October 8th, 2015 (8:35pm) PDT
What a great experience and the image is really good Pamela!! Pretty darn crisp for handheld at 1/80 along with the adrenaline Im sure you felt! :) That's the challenge and excitement of unplanned/serendipitous wildlife photography - you have to make quick decisions and the subject matter is in motion :) You do the best you can to get a good image but its always the joy of the encounter itself that is the real pay off!!
@pamelabole replied: You are so kind Steve...thank you so much!! And was a moment I will never forget!!! : )
(@LauraSample) Laura Sample said:September 22nd, 2015 (9:46pm) PDT
A real beauty and a super coloured little fellow. The old camera setting problem-it is always there ready to get you at anytime! I think you did a super job! Our black bears usually send their cubs off on their third spring, late May early June, before the mating season gets going. The cubs are usually just less than 2.5 years old at that time. We have been seeing between 4 and 10 b bears per day now the salmon are running. A great time of year on Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlottes! Do we have another
"Bear Lady" in the making?
@pamelabole replied: Thanks so much Laura....I always appreciate your kind comments!! I love, love, love photographing wildlife.....and I have now been bitten by the "bear" I really want to see and photograph more bears too!!! : ) I really envy you, seeing so many bears in a day....that must be thrilling!! Please post some photos!!!! Thanks for the bear info and again for your encouragement!!!!! : )
(@rongood) Ron Good said:September 16th, 2015 (10:56am) PDT
Wonderful capture Pamela, I think we've all been there, a shot appears but the camera is set wrong, you got a very nice shot anyway. This little guy doesn't look very old to me, Mom might have been near by, but I'm not a bear expert.
@pamelabole replied: Hi Ron!! That was the first thing we thought too....where's Momma Bear! But if she was there, she didn't make her presence know (which may have been a good thing! hahaha!!!) Thanks for always commenting....means a lot!!! : )
(@cafe115) Ccarlos said:September 13th, 2015 (6:20am) PDT
Hola, jajajaja ... that happens to almost everyone, you do not know when that special moment appears, and all are rushing ... but the picture is so nice....bravo! regards!
@pamelabole replied: Thank you so much....I really appreciate you looking and your kind comments!!!!!! And, I guess that is why they have that saying....because it is so true!!! hahaha!!!!
(@JimNall) Jim Nall said:September 12th, 2015 (12:24pm) PDT
Pamela, congratulations on this one, you really did fabulously capturing this cute little bear!!! I could go on and on about how the techs really look good on this. As they say, you were in the right place at the right time and reacted very quickly and successfully. NICE AS IT GETS IMHO. Jim
@pamelabole replied: Awwwww.....thanks so much Jim, I truly do respect your "humble opinion!!! : ) I am just so glad that I got a few shots off...but would have LOVED to have had the time to set my settings to have a little higher ISO ( not much light) and therefore a little faster shutter speed (no tripod). Oh best thing....I held my breath! ; )
(@Mauritta) Greg Mclemore said:September 10th, 2015 (8:48pm) PDT
Great shot my friend
@pamelabole replied: Thank you Greg!!! : )
(@skyjane) Jane Quizon said:September 8th, 2015 (9:16pm) PDT
Adorable capture Pamela! :)
@pamelabole replied: Hi Jane!! So nice to see you back on the site! Thank you for your kind comment!!!
(@MitchG) Michel Gagnon said:September 7th, 2015 (7:05am) PDT
Hello Pamela,... grrr....great photo... and what a wonderful bear managed to take a beautiful shot even without the right camera settings...! ...and yes, you never know whats around the corner!.... the mom might have been in the background!...thanks for sharing...!
@pamelabole replied: Hi Michel!!! Thank you so much.....I always appreciate your kind comments!! : )
(@teach50) Linda Karlin said:September 7th, 2015 (5:52am) PDT
What a story. Good for you. Wonderful shot.
@pamelabole replied: Thank you Linda!!! : )
(@KENBURROWS) Ken Burrows said:September 3rd, 2015 (11:08am) PDT
Playing some catch up on the site, Pamela. What an adventure you managed! Not much of proper bear i.d but I do know that if you see the cub all effort should be on trying to see the momma. They can be very agressive! Way to go with the shot.
@pamelabole replied: Hi Ken....and yes that was our first thought too....where was Momma?? It did make us a little nervous, and we stayed clear of the cub and watched. But if Momma was there, she never made her presence known! However if the guesstimate of the age of the cub is right....he/she has been on her own for several months. Thanks Ken for always looking and commenting....I really appreciate it!!! : )
(@guiney) Lillian said:September 2nd, 2015 (11:53pm) PDT
so lovely
a wonderfully captured shot Pamela
@pamelabole replied: Hi Lillian!!!.....I am so glad to see you back on the site!! Thank you so much for your kind comment....I truly appreciate it!! : )
(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:September 2nd, 2015 (6:34am) PDT
hey has very large ears...nice to have a msytery
@pamelabole replied: The cub does seem to have large ears....I am guessing he/she just hasn't grown in to them yet? Lol! Eager to hear from our own bear experts! : )
(@MarkRobinson) Mark Robinson said:September 2nd, 2015 (5:34am) PDT
Awesome capture Pamela......... what an experience.
Even if you had not changed the camera settings the pic turned out very well.
I guess it is true that you never know whats around the next bend.
@pamelabole replied: Thank you so much Mark! ...much appreciated!! And yes, I guess this is the perfect scenario for the "you never know what's around the next bend" saying! hahaha!!!
(@ferpat) Fernando Carazo said:September 2nd, 2015 (4:10am) PDT
Great photo Pamela
@pamelabole replied: Thank you Fernando!!! : )
(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:September 1st, 2015 (11:58pm) PDT
nice Pamela...what say you bear maybe a one in a lifetime discovery....
@pamelabole replied: Hahaha...... it would be kinda cool Ramona to go down in the history books! ; ) Thanks so much for always looking and appreciated!!! : )

(Edited: September 1st, 2015 (7:30pm) PDT)
(@Marthe) marthe said:September 1st, 2015 (7:30pm) PDT
Great capture and story, Pamela!! I am far from an expert on bears and I am still shaking each time I see one.. but this cub looks more like a grizzly or brown bear than a black bear... let's see what the experts have to say on this.. :-)
@pamelabole replied: Sadly, there are no longer any Grizzly Bears in California, the California Grizzly is extinct. : ( The only California Grizzly we now have flies on our State Flag. .... and I too thought it was a Brown Bear, but I read on-line ," The only species of bears in California and Nevada are black bears. However, Black Bears do range in color from blonde to black, with cinnamon brown being the most common color in both states." So then I raise the question....why are they called Black Bears if they are not always black! ?? hahaha!!! Go figure! Thanks for always commenting....much appreciated!!!

Pamela Bole
 Advanced Amateur

Last weekend my husband and I took a beautiful hike on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. We had been hiking for well over a couple of hours and were enjoying amazing views of Lake Tahoe(and of course, I was taking pics!!! ; ) ) . Just as we rounded a bend we started to head more inland and in to a more forested , darker area. I had not yet changed my camera settings(grrrrrrrr!!!!), when all of a sudden this Bear, or Bear Cub to be more precise, walked out of the woods and looked at us. All I had time to do was try and shoot and be as still as possible to try and avoid camera shake....the Cub was there and gone in a matter of seconds it seemed. But what a thrill it was!!! From what I have read, Black Bears stay with their Mommas until late spring and are on their own when they are about 17 months old this little guy/girl must have been about 19 - 20 months old. ?? My Bear experts....Laura and Jenny, do you think this is right? All I know is that I was so excited to see a bear and mad that I didn't have my camera ready!!!! GRRRRRR!!! But, at least I got a few ok pics....and a wonderful memory!

Now I want to see MORE BEARS!!! : )

Thanks for looking!!!

Uploaded: Sep 1st, 2015 (6:18pm)
Category: Wildlife/Animals
Camera: NIKON D7000
Focal Length: 200 mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
ISO: 250

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