"Ursa Minor--Ursus Americanus on Summer Solstice"
Ahh--my little "Ursa Minor" --but not the constellation, --the bear! (Ursus americanus). This darling yearling cub sat on a branch in the forest of the Kenai Peninsula National Wildlife Sanctuary on Skilak Lake Road, back-lit and gilded by the midday sun on the eve of Summer Solstice in Alaska (June 20, 2014). We were extra watchful when photographing this darling cub from the protection of our vehicle--as mom is undoubtedly close by! Irresistible!
This was photographed during my annual "Magic of Alaska" Photography workshop and tour.
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