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Dining on Dandelions

Dining on Dandelions
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-24 4:36
Viewed: 3080
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Black Bear was captured feeding on a fresh crop of dandelions near Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.
Black Bear
Ursus americanus
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Like us, most bears are omnivores, consuming both plant and animal matter. In early spring, they eat horsetails (Equisetum spp.), blossoming dandelions, grasses, roots and tubers and any carrion that they encounter. In summer, berries attract them, particularly Canada Buffaloberry, abundant in wooded areas along river valleys and in the foothills. In fact, 90 percent of their diet may be vegetation. They also eat huge numbers of insects, such as larva in rotting logs. In autumn, they feed ravenously on anything edible, putting on a thick layer of fat before going to sleep for five or six months.

They do not hibernate as some winter sleepers do. True hibernators slow down all their vital processes: breathing almost ceases; heart beat slows to only a few per minute; body temperature drops to or below freezing, and it takes them many hours to wake up. The bear sleeps more like us, and can waken almost instantly, as has testified by those who have accidentally broken into a den. Remarkably, although totally inactive, their bones do not weaken, they do not have to go to the bathroom, and a mother bear can give birth to two or three tiny cubs, looking after all their needs for several months without ever awakening.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-24 4:40]

Hi Rick. great picture of the black bear.
good colour in the bear. and plants.he looks very happy .and a+ for compostion. well done..


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-24 5:03]

Hello Rick

Wonderful, sometimes you just have to stop and eat the dandelions.I love the distant look in the eyes like he is in deep thought.Excellent composition.TFS


Hi Rick

Interesting information. I didn't know bears would eat dandelions. Lovely shot. I like the contrast of the yellow against the dark coat of the bear. :-)

Hello Rick
Excellent capture of this Black Bear,
Great composition and POV,Fantastic


Hi Rick,
Another too crazy image.
You can't be far away. I've been wondering where is the image photographed from...?

Fantastic capture, he looks so content munching on the dandelions. Beautiful colours, perfect sharpness. Thanks for another inspiring shot. You are one rockin' photographer!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-24 9:57]

Sure looks like gentle flower child here!
A superb capture and a wonderful composition. Good work all around

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-24 11:49]

Hi Rick,

You find the best subjects!!! This is a marvelous capture of the bear enjoying the dandelion. You took full advantage of the moment and present us with a wonderfully composed shot.


The bear looks to relaxed, calm and at ease I could go forward and touch it, Rick.
[Which I wouldn't, actually; we have lots of bears in the mountain region in India I come from :-)].
It is a lovely image of this healthy and happy looking bear in its natural habitat.

Was this cropped? It seems to me you are getting a tad close to your animals...although this one seems content with a dandelion...maybe you are not sweet or tender enough for its taste. : ) I love the flower in its mouth.

The image looks a little undersaturated..from the upload???? Sharpness is good though.

Evelynn : )

"Nice doggy..." :)

I have been lucky myself to meet the biggest black bears on a trip to Queen Charlotte Islands. They are impressive!

Good captured.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-24 13:46]

Hi Rick

The dandelion makes this shot - wonderful!!


Wow beautiful photo here Rick! Nice lighting on the bear.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-24 17:59]

Hi Rick
I just love your picture,very good POV with nice colors,it is very difficult to get a sharp picture of the bear due to the colors ,here you did a good job.

Hello Rick,
Great shot of this beautiful peace loving bear..:o) Must be since hes holding a dandylion right? I really like it alot esspecially since hes actually in the wild not in a zoo! TFS

thanks for your commments on my photo " Iceberg Ahead! (18) " :o)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-25 3:35]

I love this, Rick.
It is a wonderful scene: this big black bear with a dandelion in his mouth, and that pensive look in his eyes. Priceless!
The details are sharp and well exposed, and the composition is excellent.
TFS. : )

Hi Rick,

I was gonna say you were pretty close until I read the post to Evelynn. Jasper National Park is amazing with all it's wonderful wildlife and you captured a nice piece of nature. :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-25 19:31]

Hola Rick.- Una bella y hermosa foto la que veo aqui en tus archivos. Colores, ilumimacion y nitidez de alta calidad. Siempre he querido tener un Oso en mis archivos de coleccion.
Felicidades y Gracias por compartir.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-27 16:30]

Hi Rick,
how cute is this... a bear with a dandilion sticking out of its mouth. Looks likethe bear is enjoying a wonderful leisurly day in the Rockies. Beautiful POV, the colors and deetails are wonderful. Very well composed.

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