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Fireweed meadow

If you’ve been to Alaska, and maybe even if you haven’t, you’ll recognize this as a pretty typical landscape:  a meadow filled with fireweed in the foreground, and mountains in the background.

This is not meant to be at all disparaging:  the scenery is lovely, even without any wildlife in the image.

This is a place that feeds the soul and the senses on many different levels simultaneously.

I can’t wait to go back!

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playing cubs

Since grizzly bear cubs don’t eat anywhere near as much as their mothers do, they have plenty of time to goof off while the sow is foraging.  All the play I witnessed between these two cubs was gentle wrestling interspersed with an occasional soft nip.  Often they would be rolling together in the tall grass, and all we would see was an occasional paw sticking up.  But the patient photographer who remained ready to shoot would periodically be rewarding by one or both cubs coming up for air, as in this shot.

sunrise

cub meadow

A grizzly cub takes a pause from its grazing to check out the funny photographers.  I’m not sure who was more interested in whom…

Grizzly Cub Grazing

This grizzly cub was grazing with its mother and sibling in a large meadow.  They were leisurely wandering about and feeding on sedge and other grasses.  The cub sat down to chew a mouthful of grass, and looked at me as if to say “Don’t bother me.  Can’t you see I’m eating?”

Mea culpa!

cub in meadow

This grizzly cub is SO small, and the late summer meadow has grown SO tall, that the cub can barely see over it, even standing on its back legs!

Grass, sedge, fireweed, lupine and cow parsnip are just a few of the plants blocking the cub’s view of its mother.

Sow and cub grazing

A grizzly sow and her cub graze together in a sedge meadow.  Cubs will stay with their mothers and nurse for two or even three years, but they also eat what she eats.

I chanced upon this beautiful paint as I was driving the back roads of the Palouse.  I love the fact that he’s paying rapt attention (ears cocked forward) to something…but NOT to me.  He’s obviously looking at something to my left that’s intriguing him.

Please don’t ask what it was that caught his interest.  I honestly don’t remember.  After all, this was three whole months ago!

I can assure you that no trickery was used.  No one was standing down the road from me with an umbrella.  (In case you don’t know, it’s a common trick when photographing a horse to have an assistant stand near you and open and close an umbrella.  It’s supposed to make the horse’s ears perk forward photogenically.  It works great on some horses once, and other horses never.)

I was alone, and as much as I hate to admit it, the horse found something else more interesting than me.  Hard to imagine, huh?