Big Brown

Ann Coates level-classic 6/13/2011 8:35:21 PM

Beautiful shot with fantastic clarity and colours. #1385066

Kathy Salerni level-classic 6/14/2011 12:29:42 AM

Wow oh Wow, Phyllis, this is an awesome bear capture! Love the comp, BG and the details! He is looking right at you! #9459628

Renee Doyle level-classic 6/14/2011 12:54:08 AM

WOW!!!! Fabulous capture of this beauty Phyllis! #9459655

Pattie Smith 6/14/2011 4:57:27 AM

Amazing detail in this bear, looking right at you too! I hope your lens was very LONG! Just gorgeous Phyllis! #9459940

Ellen Hodges level-classic 6/14/2011 6:56:53 AM

Very Wow closeup, Phyllis!! Amazing image!! #9460200

Cathy Barrows 6/14/2011 8:20:39 AM

fab...what a great op #9460289

Mike Clime 6/14/2011 12:18:24 PM

Excellent capture and details, Phyllis! #9460450

Phyllis A. Houghton level-classic 6/14/2011 4:58:50 PM

She is huge! What a great capture. Love your DOF and seeing her face so well. #9460761

Shirley A. Kinney level-classic 6/15/2011 5:54:45 AM

Awesome, Phyllis. Hope YOU were up a tree also when you shot this!!! :) #9461640

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 6/15/2011 12:53:01 PM

Awesome animal portrait, definitely a fave for me Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9462226

Karen Celella level-classic 6/16/2011 6:08:20 AM

Fabulous capture, Phyllis! #9463439

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 6/20/2011 5:18:26 AM

Hi Phyllis,WOW!!!What a stunning capture.Beautiful clarity and detail!!!! #9468824

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 6/20/2011 6:10:24 AM

Thanks everyone, I do think she was one of the prettiest bears we saw. #9468963

Val Feldman level-classic 6/20/2011 11:50:53 AM

I'll sure agree with you there, Phyllis...she's magnificent in all her protective Momma Glory. Superb eye contact (a bit scary I would think thru the camera lens!) and wonderful amazing animal portrait beautifully captured. #9469454

Julie Burnett level-classic 6/20/2011 12:20:59 PM

She's awesome, as is your capture of her, Phyllis!! #9469497

Emile Abbott level-classic 6/22/2011 7:36:07 AM

Bears will protect their cubs to the death. I would not want to tangle with her. Excellent capture Phyllis #9473028

Rona L. Schwarz 7/5/2011 7:43:15 PM

Magnificent creature and magnificent capture of her, Phyllis! The detail is quite awesome...what a great photo trip this was! #9509633

Kara L. Hendricks 7/7/2011 4:43:20 PM

AMAZING clarity!! WOW! #9514395

Christopher Budny level-classic 7/13/2011 8:46:25 PM

What a beauty! Great dof too! #9528672

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 7/14/2011 6:12:18 AM

Thanks Val, Julie B., Emile, Rona, Kara and Chris! #9529466

Cathy Barrows 7/28/2011 6:45:58 PM

Congrats on your fab finalist #9560846

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 7/28/2011 6:56:58 PM

Beautiful and excellent finalist, Phyllis!

Debby #9560962

Agnes Fegan level-classic 7/28/2011 6:57:04 PM

Congratulations on your Finalist!!! #9560963

Mary Timman level-classic 7/28/2011 7:18:32 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist! #9561236

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 7/28/2011 7:26:57 PM

A big congratulations my friend,WTG Phyllis!!! #9561343

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 7/28/2011 7:47:23 PM

Congratulations Phyllis! That silver button looks so good on this image. Good luck in the finals. #9561553

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 7/28/2011 7:56:44 PM

Huge congratulations on your outstanding Finalist, Phyllis!! #9561626

Carol L. Fowler 7/28/2011 9:19:21 PM

Big Congrats! #9562053

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 7/29/2011 12:54:51 AM

I am putting my money on First Place Gold, Phyllis. Hope the judges agree. CONGRATZ on the Finalist!!!

UB. #9562448

Freddy Bland 7/29/2011 1:42:53 AM

Outstanding Finalist, Phyllis!!! Many congratulations!! #9562493

Stefania Barbier level-classic 7/29/2011 5:07:02 AM

congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!! #9563065

Danny B. Head level-classic 7/29/2011 5:31:27 AM

Beautiful capture, Phyllis! Congrats! #9563168

Linda D. Lester level-classic 7/29/2011 6:08:48 AM

He is big...Congratulations! #9563419

Carla Capra level-classic 7/29/2011 6:17:12 AM

Incredible image, Phyllis.
;0) CC #9563489

Julie Burnett 7/29/2011 6:29:55 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Phyllis!! #9563575

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/29/2011 6:35:19 AM

Thanks so much yall!!! #9563599

Leslie McLain level-classic 7/29/2011 6:48:25 AM

Congrats on a another terrific finalist, Phyllis. #9563669

Christopher Budny level-classic 7/29/2011 6:58:13 AM

I think we'll see it again! Congratulations! #9563755

Gina Cormier level-classic 7/29/2011 7:10:26 AM

Congrats on this stunning capture!!! #9563859

Linda Blair level-classic 7/29/2011 7:35:26 AM

Congratulations on your awesome finalist!! #9564100

Val Feldman level-classic 7/29/2011 7:36:29 AM

Huge congratulations, Phyllis! She looks so incredibly realistic, I'm expecting a warning growl from my speakers!! :) All the very best in the upcoming round! ~Val #9564106

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 7/29/2011 7:45:08 AM

Thanks so very much for your comments everyone! Val, your descriptions are always the best. #9564182

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 7/29/2011 8:04:24 AM

Congratulation on this awesome finalist
Phyllis and so very well deserved!

jo ann c. #9564283

Jessica Jenney level-classic 7/29/2011 8:12:04 AM

Congratulations, Phyllis on your amazing finalist! #9564303

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 7/29/2011 9:11:08 AM

AMAZING-Congratulations & good luck, PHyllis! #9564560

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 10:25:00 AM

Fantastic Finalist Fillis! Ha, just had to do that! Congratulations and well deserved! #9564864

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 7/29/2011 10:37:57 AM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Phyllis. #9564904

Bojan Bencic level-classic 7/29/2011 10:48:05 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, Phyllis. #9564951

Leslie McLain level-classic 7/29/2011 1:14:58 PM

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Phyllis. #9565576

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 1:29:46 PM

Congrats on your win, Phyllis! #9565714

Jessica Jenney level-classic 7/29/2011 1:42:14 PM

Congratulations, Phyllis on your stunning win! #9565796

Michelle Alton 7/29/2011 1:44:22 PM

Perfect capture, Phyllis! Such amazing clarity and intensity. Congratulations! #9565813

Val Feldman level-classic 7/29/2011 1:45:37 PM

You are just amazing - photographer extraordinaire! Am I making you blush?? :) Huge congratulations, Phyllis - a beautiful Gold Winner! #9565823

Danny B. Head level-classic 7/29/2011 1:50:26 PM

Beautiful wildlife image, Phyllis! Congrats! #9565861

Stefania Barbier level-classic 7/29/2011 1:57:59 PM

gorgeous winner, congratulations!!! #9565912

Agnes Fegan level-classic 7/29/2011 2:12:31 PM

Congratulations on your win Phyllis! #9566022

Mary Timman level-classic 7/29/2011 2:42:32 PM

Huge Congratulations on your Winner! #9566144

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 7/29/2011 2:43:08 PM

Congrats Phyllis on your great winner. #9566146

Karen Slagle level-classic 7/29/2011 3:34:25 PM

Congrats Phyllis on both your winning images. The details in his face are incredible. #9566358

Nadia Paul level-classic 7/29/2011 3:46:15 PM

Just wonderful Phyllis - congrats on your win! #9566421

Pattie Smith level-classic 7/29/2011 3:48:23 PM

Congrats Phyllis! #9566427

Rona L. Schwarz 7/29/2011 4:05:58 PM

I knew we'd see at least one "bear" winners, Phyllis!! This one's a favorite (like all the others)! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GOLD WINNER! #9566503

Debra R. Harder 7/29/2011 4:24:56 PM

WTG, Phyllis! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER! Deb #9566624

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/29/2011 4:25:42 PM

Fabulous winner! WTG Phyllis! :-) k #9566633

Renee Doyle level-classic 7/29/2011 4:29:26 PM

WTG Phyllis!! Congrats on this excellent winner!! #9566663

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 7/29/2011 4:38:37 PM

Congratulations on your second place winner, Phyllis. He is beautiful. #9566729

Kathy Cline level-classic 7/29/2011 5:18:08 PM

An incredible bear shot. We never got this close while in Alaska.
Congrats Phyllis.

Gina Cormier level-classic 7/29/2011 5:23:14 PM

Oh great. I have to follow the licking dog!! lol

Congrats on this fantastic winner!!! #9567005

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic 7/29/2011 5:41:45 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful WINNER Phyllis! What a great shot! #9567117

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/29/2011 5:50:23 PM

Congratulations on your 2nd Place Gold Winner Phyllis.. I love it!

jo ann c. #9567163

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/29/2011 5:51:25 PM

Congratulations on your 2nd Place Gold Winner Phyllis.. I love it!

jo ann c. #9567170

Amy M. Wilson 7/29/2011 6:55:52 PM

Huge congratulations on your FABULOUS Gold winner, Phyllis!! #9567379

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/29/2011 7:10:46 PM

Thanks so much for your wonderful (and comical) comments everyone!!! Congrats to all the June finalists and winners! #9567436

Kathy Salerni level-classic 7/29/2011 10:37:10 PM

Huge congrats on this well deserved Gold Winner, Phyllis! #9567930

Mary K. Robison 7/29/2011 11:03:11 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your well earned Gold Winner, Phyllis!
Marvelous capture of this beautiful bear! #9567980

Merna L. Nobile 7/30/2011 12:02:01 AM

Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it. Congratulations, your entry was very special and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Merna Nobile #9568094

Alan L. Borror 7/30/2011 2:13:21 AM

Congratulations on this magnificent winner, Phyllis! #9568256

Gail Sullivan level-classic 7/30/2011 5:24:46 AM

Outstanding work, Phyllis...congrats! #9568585

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 7/30/2011 5:25:06 AM

Hardy congrats on your win, Phyllis, for this awesome image!

Debby #9568589

Ken Smith level-classic 7/30/2011 5:47:07 AM

Excellent work, Phyllis. Congrats on the gold! #9568699

Julie Burnett level-classic 7/30/2011 5:52:48 AM

Congratulations on this awesome Gold Winner, Phyllis!! #9568729

Mike Clime level-classic 7/30/2011 6:37:36 AM

Congratulations on your winner, Phyllis! #9568802

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 7/30/2011 7:13:57 AM

Thanks so very much you guys!!! #9568896

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 7/30/2011 7:31:11 AM

Congratulations on your incredible Winner, Phyllis! WTG! #9568964

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 7/30/2011 7:51:08 AM

A big congratulations,Phyllis.WTG my friend!!!! #9569064

Cathy Barrows 7/30/2011 8:46:02 AM

Congrats on your it #9569225

Mitch Spence level-classic 7/30/2011 9:38:35 AM

Congratulations to you, Phyllis, on your great winner. #9569365

Sharon Sawyer 7/30/2011 2:01:53 PM

WOW!!! Amazing capture, Phyllis! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved Second Place Win!!! #9569780

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/30/2011 4:24:32 PM

Thanks my BP friends! #9570136

Lisa J. Chorny 7/30/2011 6:53:02 PM

Great shot, Phyllis! Congrats on your winner :) #9570421

Ellen Hodges level-classic 7/30/2011 6:55:53 PM

Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Phyllis!!! #9570425

Marcel J. Fernandez level-classic 7/30/2011 7:59:29 PM

Phyllis, Congratulations on your Delightful Winner. #9570509

Lydia Williams level-classic 7/31/2011 7:00:07 AM

Wow, that's an awesome shot..congratulations Phyllis! #9571192

Eivor Kuchta level-classic 7/31/2011 8:25:54 AM

I wouldn't mess with her! Excellent capture, and congratulations on your winner, Phyllis! #9571335

Emile Abbott level-classic 7/31/2011 2:55:35 PM

Congrats on you winner Phyllis. #9572005

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 8/1/2011 12:28:55 AM

Congratulations Phyllis on your Win!!!

Dominick #9572914

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 8/1/2011 2:52:12 AM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S.......on this terrific Winner!!!!

UB. #9573103

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 8/1/2011 5:10:49 AM

Thank you so very much everyone!!! ☺ #9573516

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 8/1/2011 3:24:44 PM

Congratulations on your gold win Phyllis. #9574869

Karen Celella level-classic 8/2/2011 12:24:45 PM

Congratulations on getting this bear his well deserved gold, Phyllis! #9577182

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 8/3/2011 10:23:04 AM

Simply beautiful, Phyllis. Huge congrats on this beautiful win. #9579365

Phyllis H. Burchett 8/3/2011 12:34:56 PM

Thanks Heather, Karen and Mary Beth!!! #9579612

Erica Murphy level-classic 8/6/2011 11:00:22 AM

Such a gorgeous image Phyllis! Congratulations on your WIN! #9586069

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 8/6/2011 2:00:45 PM

Thanks Erica! #9586308

Cindy Bendush level-classic 8/9/2011 12:28:35 AM

Excellent winner Phyllis - congratulations! #9591845

Christopher Budny level-classic 8/23/2011 4:48:29 AM

Congratulations again---on the feature in the Snapshot Newsletter! #9621979

Lydia Williams level-classic 8/23/2011 5:16:33 AM

Congratulations on your Snapshot feature #9622061

Stanley C. Sims level-classic 8/23/2011 3:04:41 PM

Beautiful shot Phyliss. Love the composition and the lighting is wonderful. Outstanding capture. #9623183

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 8/25/2011 1:58:52 PM

Congratulations on your win and feature. Outstanding work Phyllis!! #9627860

Christopher Budny level-classic 8/25/2011 4:16:20 PM

...and congratulations once more...! Perhaps one more time? ;) Good luck! #9628906

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Wild Minnesota Black Bear Sow
When this Sow first appeared she was alone but later we discovered she had sent her two cubs up the tree for safety.
Despite their name, black bears show a great deal of color variation. Individual coat colors can range from white, blond, cinnamon, or light brown to dark chocolate brown or to jet black.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 500.00 mm, Model: NIKON D3S

Uploaded on 6/13/2011 8:23:54 PM

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Camera: Nikon D3s Digital SLR Camera All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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