Mom Black Bear & 3 Three Cubs

The following images were taken in The Grand Teton National Park on October 3, 2018. While I took more than 350 images, these are the ones that made the final, final, final cut. While I normally like to post only a couple of images of the same animals, I just couldn’t decide which ones to cut out further. So, you’ll just have to decide which ones you like best. 

You may find it hard to distinguish one cub from another because they look very much the same but all three are posted. 

These first photos are from when I first saw Mother Black Bear. She’s feeding on berries.


Shortly after taking those images, she decided to cross the road.

She must have thought better of it. After all, her three cubs were still on that side of the road. She turned back.

She found another berry bush and started feeding again.

Then, her cubs came into view. Each climbed the surrounding berry bushes looking for their share. There was never a chance to photograph all three of them together. Each was trying to find its own area from which to feed. However, all three are reprsented in the following shots.

Imatating Rudolph with a red leaf
One of my favorites

Below are a couple of images with Mom and one of the cubs.

Another of my favorites

Well, as I mentioned above these are only a few of the more than 350 plus images I took of them. I hope you enjoyed seeing them and found a favorite too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bill

The Grand Teton NP Spring Photos

It’s just about time for my fall trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks and I haven’t posted my spring photos from GTNP yet.  I admit, I’ve been remiss. I did post some of them in Facebook. However, as you may know, I’ve deleted most of my photos from FB for a variety of reasons.

I’m happy to report that I just added some of my favorite spring shots to the portfolio area of this blog. Look to the left panel. You’ll see, “Portfolio”. Click on it. That  will take you to those photos. Below is a teaser of what you’ll see.

Looking at You!

I hope you enjoy these photos and I’ll try to be a bit more prompt posting the fall photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bill

Vinzant / Cosnotti Memorial Jr. Golf Tournament

From August 6 through the 8th, the 48th annual the Vinzant / Cosnotti Memorial Junior Golf Tournament was held at the Sykes/Lady Golf course in Overland Park, Kansas. It is the largest tournament in the Midwest for kids ages 6 to 17. We had 398 golfers this year.

I’m fortunate to have been the event’s photographer for the past several years. It has been great fun to witness and record this event. I’ve seen several players go from just starting out to becoming excellent golfers. Some have even gone on to earn full golf scholarships.

Below are just a few my favorite shots from this year. BTW, Parents, if you see an image of your child here and would like it removed, please contact me at: billaraujo.ks@gmail.com. I will delete it from this post.

Day one was excellent even the weather cooperated

Great Swing!

 

Good follow-through!

You can see the intense concentration they have on these next few images

It’s amazing how intense these players can be. You’d think they’re not having fun but I can assure you there were many, many smiles and a lots of laughter as well.

It helps to hold your tongue just right when you swing. I know I have to…

Day two had some challenges because the weather turned on us. It rained. There was no lightning in the area so play continued. The players didn’t seem to mind. They just continued to slosh along.

Staying dry

Yes! We are having fun

Swinging in the rain, just swinging in the rain…..

There were some interesting lies

Even this Norther Flicker seemed to think so

Of course it’s about integrity and sportsmanship

Of course, this cannot be pulled off with out a host of fantastic volunteers

Explaining the rules and keeping score

There are always interesting head covers.

The younger golfers are always some of my favorite!

He actually hit the ball pretty well

At the conclusion of the tournament, everyone earned a trophy.

Everyone seem to have a great time and of course for me, it was great fun.

This could not have been done without the planning, coordination and direction from this great team of PGA Golf Professionals

Sean Chalk, PGA Head Professional;  Bess Quick, First Assistant Professional and Michael Tanner, PGA Director of Golf

All in all, I took almost 3,000 photos during the three days. Only 580 made it to the golf course website. If you’d like to see some fantastic young golfers, go to http://www.golfop.com  Click on “juniors” then on “Junior Golf Tournament”. Scroll down and you’ll see links to each days photos.

Thanks for coming by!

I know. I know. It’s not wildlife or landscapes but we did have a wild time….😜