• Carter Shields Cabin

    What a difference a week makes at this time of the year! More of the same place here.

  • No bears today! ;-)

    This is the cabin where we saw the bears a few days before - but then I didn't dare to go any closer ;-)

  • Log Cabin 101

    Detail of the barn at the historic Elijah Oliver Place in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Elijah Oliver Trail

    Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

  • Blue Heron

    Seen last summer in Cades Cove

  • A normal day in Cades Cove ...

    Picture taken through the windshield of our car

  • Cades Cove, May 30 2007

    ~ Archive ~ Towards the entrance to the cove, the air was a bit clearer, not so much haze from the wildfire in the Abrams Falls area.

  • A Kodak Moment!

    I was glad I had my camera ready!

  • Bear Claws

    I like to eat Bear Claws as a pastry, but I would not want to come in close contact with the real thing: Look at those nails - preferably in the large size! ;-) (Contrast slightly enhanced, to show more detail)

  • Carter Shields Cabin

    Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

  • Black Bears

    ... and the safest way to take photos of them! Rest assured: I did NOT walk out in the meadow to take the pictures of the bears. As you can see here, they were taken from the relative secure inside of my car, even with the windows rolled up! About a min…

  • Bear Cub (3)

    All together we saw 5 black bears in Cades Cove that day: Daddy Bear way back in the meadow, and then Mama Bear with her 3 cubs. It was a magical day indeed!

  • Bear Cub (2)

    The one with the bad hair day ;-)

  • Bear Cub (1)

    Those 3 cubs were adorable - but it also gave me goose bumps to see people get so very close to them! I myself preferred my looong zoom to a perfect macro of a bear cubs cute nose. Better safe than sorry!

  • Mama Bear

    We could clearly see the two markings on her ears.

  • Magical fall moment

  • Milkweed seed pod

    Seen next to the Abrams Falls trail head.

  • Narrow-Leaved Sunflower

    ... with a tiny butterfly :-) Found near the Carter Shields Cabin in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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