Monday, October 11, 2010


MEET the MAGNIFICIENT MAMA bear MUNCHING on her hibernation-bound MEAL.
While we watched she ate at least 15 MIGRATING salmon
Her cub would come down to the river, catch a fish,
MANEUVER the fish in his jaws
so he could MAKE a MAD DASH back into the woods with it.
MAMA didn't seem to MIND being watched.
The MAJOR thing on her MIND was bulking up for the winter.
The spawning salmon were a MOST wonderful virtual buffet for the bears.
We were within 20 feet of her.
It was a totally amazing thing to see.

Here's another way of catching fish for the winter hibernation.
Of course this is only MAKE BELIEVE.
We saw these MAD CAP bears at the Sorenson Resort in Hope Valley, California.
The bears MADE us smile.
MACKEREL or Salmon??
I wonder what they will catch!

Wood's Lake was so MAGICAL .
The island was like a MIRAGE appearing in the MIDDLE of the Lake.
The fog and mist kept MOVING in and out so MYSTICALLY.
When the fog lifted there was snow dusting the MOUNTAIN peaks right in front of us.

At Lilly Lake we saw some awesome rocky MOUNTAINS.
Can you see the MIGHTY tree growing right out of the side of the rock?
Its a MYSTERY how it could MAINTAIN its hold and grow to such a MARVELOUS size.
Please Enlarge this picture as well as the others to see the detail.
When you are finished, MEANDER over to MRS. Nesbitts link on MY sidebar
to see what others have MANAGED to post for the letter " M ".

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Ginny said...

The last two pictures are my favorite because they are majestic ans mystifying!

Wanda said...

Oh you are so clever, and creative!!

I'm still trying to find my "M's" ~ Can't decide...

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh! That water is so beautiful. Just lovely. I love what you captured. Perfection! : )

And the bear! WOW! It seems as though you were so close.

It always makes me smile when I can come to visit you.

Olivier said...

magnifique la photo de l'ours et j'adore la creation des deux ours ;o))

Hilary said...

Wow.. lucky you to be in such a beautiful place and see these bears go about their lives right in front of you. Beautiful critter. Thank you for these.

Dave said...

Colourful cliff face, Twin Tree Island in Misty late, Fishing Bears, Mama Bear eating - what wonderful photos Sue! - Dave

Cheryl said...

Sweet post for M. Great shots, especially that last one.

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh how cute are those little fishing bears... such peace in that last photo!

Hildred and Charles said...

Love the last picture, - what a tremendous job you have done, gathering all those wonderful M's and beautiful photos to go with them.

Cezar and Léia said...

What a Magical place there, your pictures are magnificent and that lovely MAMA is so cute! :)

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific post for the M Day! And what a beautiful place! Sounds and looks as though you had a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing it with us today! Hope the rest of your week goes well!


Barbara said...

Love these images - marvelous!

Nanka said...

Very interesting photos and the various M-words going with it

Carver said...

These are all wonderful shots. I love the one of the bear and also the make believe bears are fun. The whole sequence is marvelous.

Reader Wil said...

Very beautiful! The lake photo is stunning! And the bears are great!

RuneE said...

Magical indeed. You must live dangerously. That lake photo with the small island was a masterpiece.

Sandra said...

WOW! love that mama bear and also the man made ones. can't decide which is my favorite. lovely photos all of them

Mara said...

How brilliant to see those bears up close. And great to be able to take photos as well.

Beverly said...

M-m-m-m. Marvelous, magnificent, aMazing photos. I just love those bear photos Steven took. Love the two little guys with the poles too.

Dimple said...

You managed many Ms and made me laugh with the make believe bears!

EG Wow said...

This is an amazing post celebrating the letter M!

Tumblewords: said...

Incredible photos! Terrific capture of the 'bulking up bear' and the pretenders were a hoot. Gorgeous rocks and magical views - terrific!

Granny Smith said...

Lots of lovely photos, but Mama Bear was the best!

Gramma Ann said...

The pictures are magnificent. I find it difficult to choose a favorite. And oh so many M words in your post today. Great M post. Very creative.

Roger Owen Green said...

love the bears fishing w poles! how terribly lazy of them!

also the ice crystal effacement was great.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

sophie... said...

the 3rd pic of the lake is aMazing, truly. I, so want to take a pic like this. I'm your newest follower Sophie the Labradoodle!

Beverley Baird said...

Idon't know how you do it - but you always have such a wonderful story along with great photos! The lake is gorgeous!
Have a great week!

Leslie: said...

That IS an aMazing photo of the tree growing out of the mountain! I saw the famous Adams River run years ago and you could practically walk across the river on top of the salmon. It's a marvelous sight!

Halie Santos - Dayo said...

Cute bears. The scenery magical!

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Ann said...

Those salmons as they swim up stream, are thye good to eat? I watch doucmentaries of the salmons dying in the river/

The pestle and mortar is making a come back. I notice all the big chefs use them.

Aksharaa said...

What a MAGNIFICENT post.
Marvellous pictures and such smart use of the letter 'M'
Loved it.
Thanks for coming by our bloggie:)
buddy n ginger

Gattina said...

What a "bloody" meal, lol ! Nice pictures !

Snow Leopard said...

Quite a lot of Ms. Good thing the Mama Bear was more interested in Sushi. Nice post.

Mo said...

This is a hard one to beat

Babooshka said...

Bears just beautiful cuddly creatures, well to me they are and the misty scenes just magical.

LisaF said...

Certainly hope you had a looonnggg zoom lens to capture the first photo! The second bear pic is more my speed. LOVE the lake shot with the fog coming off the water too. The tree growing in the rocks could be a great metaphor for life too.

Mar said...

What a cute top story and great pictures for M!! Marvelous!!
M is for me...

NanU said...

That is a magical photo of the lake. And it's a good thing the bears are there to clean up all the dying salmon! Everything fits together...

Kim, USA said...

I love your shots they are so lovely!
ABC Wednesday

Carolyn Ford said...

Those bears make me smile too! Gorgeous shots and so creative...and cute!

Joy said...

How wonderful to watch Mamma bear fish. Marvellous photos, love the colour of the rocks in the last one.

jabblog said...

Fabulous post. I like the model bears :-)
So many animals are stocking up for winter now - it amazes me how they survive.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Wonderful pictures to go with your imaginative M day.

Jay said...

Magnificent! An aMazing aMount of Ms - and those photos are gorgeous. What a magical place!

Love the bears. I've seen video of them fishing and it's fascinating.

Kay L. Davies said...

I used to get that close to bears when I was young and foolish. Now I'm old and foolish, but I have learned I can't run faster than a bear. I envy you that fabulous photo, though.
And the tree coming out of the rock is one of Mother Nature's Miracles, isn't it?
I think I like the mirage island best, though. Like something seen in a dream.

Kay, Alberta

Jabacue said...

Those last two shots......WOW!

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

You have a Magnificent M to share. :)

Thanks for visiting my ABC Wednesday

Laurie said...

Beautiful series of photos. The majesty of nature comes through in them.

PS...bears around here usually make the news!

Merisi, Vienna said...

MMMarvelous images, Sue!
I love every single composition - the straw bears, how cute are they? - and the composition of the post as a whole, sheer delight! :-)

MedaM said...

This is so beautiful and interesting post! Your photos are simply wonderful. I had to enlarge them all to enjoy more. The first photo of mama bear is breathtaking, the second one made me smile too. The third photo with two trees on the tiny island in the middle lake took my breath away. And the last photo is also very impressive. All the photos are just fantastic on their own way.
Have a nice weekend!

Kansas Bob said...

Those last two pictures are simply glorious!

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