This adult Black Bear has been in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a few mating seasons as evidence by his many scars on his face from encounters with other male Black Bears. I have photographed numerous bears and each one has had his own unique behaviors and habits. This bear was content with me slowly following him during his day time search for food. I consider it both a privilege and a honor to be able to share the woods and photograph such a beautiful animal.
Canon EOS 1D MK3, EF 400mm F2.8 USM L lens, 1/4 x Canon Teleconverter, Gitzo Monopod