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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
This special connection blurred the division between myself bears

Two souls don't meet by words, but by the silence behind them. Every spring and fall I take to the forests of the upper Midwest. I spend countless hours photographing these magnificent animals. I have found the more time you put in the more you witness nature's magical moments. I was photographing a mother black bear and her three cubs. This little guy was so curious about what I was he sat back up against a tree and just watched me. It's these moments when all seems right with the world.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2017
Date Uploaded: 06.2017
Photo Location: Hayward , Wisconsin, United States of America
Copyright: © David Shaffer
Awards
Photo of the Day: 06.26.17
Editor's Pick