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Hot and Itchy... this poor little black bear looked kind of miserable... it was only (supposedly) about 68F up on top of the mountain, but for the elevation it was pretty warm. This fellow was just hanging out having a good wallow and  bum scratch on one of the remaining bits of snow bank. He was scaring the tourists a bit, but he showed absolutely no interest in me at all.  American black bear,Geotagged,Summer,United States,Ursus americanus Click/tap to enlarge

Hot and Itchy...

this poor little black bear looked kind of miserable... it was only (supposedly) about 68F up on top of the mountain, but for the elevation it was pretty warm. This fellow was just hanging out having a good wallow and bum scratch on one of the remaining bits of snow bank. He was scaring the tourists a bit, but he showed absolutely no interest in me at all.

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  1. A bear in snow(!) in July. Feels so weird to me. Posted 4 years ago
    1. It's high enough up there that there are permanent snowfields - one step below a glacier, they don't flow, but it's rare to never that they completely melt away. The road to Sunrise usually even cannot even open before the end of June because of the amount and longevity of the snow. It will close again in just a few months - often as early as mid September, when it begins to snow again. Summer is an exceptionally short season up there. Posted 4 years ago
      1. Sounds like Northern Europe, where you have to put an alarm clock as to not miss "summer".

        A little lower in Northwestern Europe, we're breaking one record after the other this summer. We've been having non-stop sunny days from May. No rain for 2 months, a record-breaking drought. Close to the hottest temperature ever today (37c). We broke the record this week on the hottest night.

        In my nearly 40 years here, I've never ever witnessed a summer like this. We are used to a handful of sunny days mixed with lots of rain, and typical summer temperatures of 18-25c. Consistent hot and dry days for months is absolutely unheard of.
        Posted 4 years ago

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The American black bear is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most common bear species. Black bears are omnivores with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food.

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded Jul 27, 2018. Captured Jul 26, 2018 16:02 in Wonderland Trail, Ashford, WA 98304, USA.
  • X-E2
  • f/9.0
  • 1/180s
  • ISO200
  • 560mm