After 30 amazing years in Atlanta, I decided to check out some other places and visit my Mom and some friends from my early years. I hope to be back in Georgia before too long but right now I'm out in the back woods of Western Massachusetts. There is one great thing about living here and that is the wildlife. I have the cutest squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and birds living in my yard; we get visits from the sweetest foxes, the funniest blue jays, crows and other birds. I've seen a bobcat, a coyote, a bald eagle and many other cool birds and animals!
I love them all and I hate to play favorites, but is there one species that is the smartest, sweetest, funniest and most adorable of all? Yes - my amazing black bear friends! They have gone into their dens for the winter and I miss them so much! Hopefully, you'll enjoy these pictures that they posed for. When they smile for the camera, I know you're gonna love them!
This past year (2021) I was visited by seven different bears, three of them cubs. I only saw the cubs a few times but I gave each adult a name. The biggest one (with the thousand watt smile) I call Big Mama. Big Mama had a little cub with her this year, but she looks like she is carrying more than one in these pictures from last year!
When I first met Big Mama, she had two adorable cubs with her. The cubs parted ways with their Mama the following year, but one of them stayed in the area. He is a wonderful bear that I call Mr. Goodbear, or Goody. He has a badly injured paw and he has been limping for two years now. While he doesn't have the 1000W smile of his mother, he is a very sweet and gentle bear. Hope you like these pictures of him!