This is a beautiful time to be in the
high Sierras. In late spring and summer the black bears work the
meadows for tender grasses. The sows produce a rich milk which helps their
cubs grow quickly. Once the meadows dry out in late July and August, the
bears move from the meadows into the forest searching for sugar pine cones and
ripening berries. While we don't find sows and cubs on every safari day,
we do seem to find them regularly - photographing them as they play, climb
trees, and interact with their mother. We do some walking on this safari, usually about 3-4
miles in the morning, and walk less in the afternoons. There are mosquitoes, so citrus
based repellants are a must.
We can meet at my home in Tulare or at a hotel in Visalia at 5am, or in Three Rivers on Highway 198 at 6am in the Pizza
Factory parking lot. From there we travel up to the Giant
Grove and photograph throughout the grove and close by meadows.
We will stop for lunch, then shoot again in the afternoon. We
will photograph everything that looks good: black bears, deer, wildflowers,
Black Bear Image Albums