Big Brown

Ann Coates level-classic June 13, 2011

Beautiful shot with fantastic clarity and colours. #1385066

Kathy Salerni level-classic June 14, 2011

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 June 14, 2011

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

Pattie Smith June 14, 2011

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

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe June 14, 2011

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

Cathy Barrows June 14, 2011

fab...what a great op #9460289

Mike Clime June 14, 2011

Excellent capture and details, Phyllis! #9460450

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe June 14, 2011

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

Shirley A. Kinney June 15, 2011

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 15, 2011

Awesome animal portrait, definitely a fave for me Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9462226

Karen Celella level-deluxe June 16, 2011

Fabulous capture, Phyllis! #9463439

Robert R. Goodman level-addict June 20, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett June 20, 2011

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

Val Feldman level-deluxe June 20, 2011

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 detail...an amazing animal portrait beautifully captured. #9469454

Julie Burnett June 20, 2011

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 22, 2011

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

Rona L. Schwarz July 05, 2011

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

Kara L. Hendricks July 07, 2011

AMAZING clarity!! WOW! #9514395

Christopher Budny level-deluxe July 13, 2011

What a beauty! Great dof too! #9528672

Phyllis H. Burchett July 14, 2011

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

Cathy Barrows July 28, 2011

Congrats on your fab finalist #9560846

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict July 28, 2011

Beautiful and excellent finalist, Phyllis!

Congratulations!
Debby #9560962

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe July 28, 2011

Congratulations on your Finalist!!! #9560963

Mary Timman July 28, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist! #9561236

Robert R. Goodman level-addict July 28, 2011

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

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe July 28, 2011

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

Amy M. Wilson July 28, 2011

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

Carol L. Fowler July 28, 2011

Big Congrats! #9562053

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic July 29, 2011

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

UB. #9562448

Freddy Bland July 29, 2011

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

Stefania Barbier level-addict July 29, 2011

congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!! #9563065

Danny B. Head level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Beautiful capture, Phyllis! Congrats! #9563168

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe July 29, 2011

He is big...Congratulations! #9563419

Carla Capra level-classic July 29, 2011

Incredible image, Phyllis.
Congratulations.
;0) CC #9563489

Julie Burnett July 29, 2011

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Phyllis!! #9563575

Phyllis H. Burchett July 29, 2011

Thanks so much yall!!! #9563599

Leslie McLain level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congrats on a another terrific finalist, Phyllis. #9563669

Christopher Budny level-deluxe July 29, 2011

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

Gina Cormier level-classic July 29, 2011

Congrats on this stunning capture!!! #9563859

Linda Blair July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your awesome finalist!! #9564100

Val Feldman level-deluxe July 29, 2011

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 July 29, 2011

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 29, 2011

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

jo ann c. #9564283

Jessica Jenney July 29, 2011

Congratulations, Phyllis on your amazing finalist! #9564303

Patrick Rouzes level-classic July 29, 2011

AMAZING-Congratulations & good luck, PHyllis! #9564560

Courtenay Vanderbilt July 29, 2011

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

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Phyllis. #9564904

Bojan Bencic level-classic July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your finalist, Phyllis. #9564951

Leslie McLain level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Phyllis. #9565576

Courtenay Vanderbilt July 29, 2011

Congrats on your win, Phyllis! #9565714

Jessica Jenney July 29, 2011

Congratulations, Phyllis on your stunning win! #9565796

Michelle Alton July 29, 2011

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

Val Feldman level-deluxe July 29, 2011

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

Danny B. Head level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Beautiful wildlife image, Phyllis! Congrats! #9565861

Stefania Barbier level-addict July 29, 2011

gorgeous winner, congratulations!!! #9565912

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your win Phyllis! #9566022

Mary Timman July 29, 2011

Huge Congratulations on your Winner! #9566144

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congrats Phyllis on your great winner. #9566146

Karen Slagle July 29, 2011

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

Nadia Paul July 29, 2011

Just wonderful Phyllis - congrats on your win! #9566421

Pattie Smith July 29, 2011

Congrats Phyllis! #9566427

Rona L. Schwarz July 29, 2011

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 July 29, 2011

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

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna July 29, 2011

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

Renee Doyle level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Kathy Cline level-classic July 29, 2011

WOW
An incredible bear shot. We never got this close while in Alaska.
Congrats Phyllis.
#9566972

Gina Cormier level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Congrats on this fantastic winner!!! #9567005

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic July 29, 2011

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 29, 2011

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

jo ann c. #9567163

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 29, 2011

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

jo ann c. #9567170

Amy M. Wilson July 29, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett July 29, 2011

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

Kathy Salerni level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Mary K. Robison July 29, 2011

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

Merna L. Nobile July 30, 2011

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 July 30, 2011

Congratulations on this magnificent winner, Phyllis! #9568256

Gail Sullivan level-classic July 30, 2011

Outstanding work, Phyllis...congrats! #9568585

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict July 30, 2011

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

Debby #9568589

Ken Smith level-classic July 30, 2011

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

Julie Burnett July 30, 2011

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

Mike Clime July 30, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Phyllis! #9568802

Phyllis H. Burchett July 30, 2011

Thanks so very much you guys!!! #9568896

Patrick Rouzes level-classic July 30, 2011

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

Robert R. Goodman level-addict July 30, 2011

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

Cathy Barrows July 30, 2011

Congrats on your winner...love it #9569225

Mitch Spence level-classic July 30, 2011

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

Sharon Sawyer July 30, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett July 30, 2011

Thanks my BP friends! #9570136

Lisa J. Chorny July 30, 2011

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

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe July 30, 2011

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

Marcel J. Fernandez July 30, 2011

Phyllis, Congratulations on your Delightful Winner. #9570509

Lydia Williams level-deluxe July 31, 2011

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

Eivor Kuchta July 31, 2011

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe July 31, 2011

Congrats on you winner Phyllis. #9572005

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict August 01, 2011

Congratulations Phyllis on your Win!!!


Dominick #9572914

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic August 01, 2011

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

UB. #9573103

Phyllis H. Burchett August 01, 2011

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

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe August 01, 2011

Congratulations on your gold win Phyllis. #9574869

Karen Celella level-deluxe August 02, 2011

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

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic August 03, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett August 03, 2011

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

Erica Erica Murp Murphy level-deluxe August 06, 2011

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

Phyllis H. Burchett August 06, 2011

Thanks Erica! #9586308

Cindy Bendush level-classic August 09, 2011

Excellent winner Phyllis - congratulations! #9591845

Christopher Budny level-deluxe August 23, 2011

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

Lydia Williams level-deluxe August 23, 2011

Congratulations on your Snapshot feature #9622061

Stanley C. Sims August 23, 2011

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe August 25, 2011

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

Christopher Budny level-deluxe August 25, 2011

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

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Description

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 June 13, 2011

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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