Bears in the Tree, Oh My

9.25.2011


We had a wonderful little get away trip this weekend.  Great weather, shopping and a little surprise.
On our drive through the north Georgia mountains all of a sudden the traffic came to a crawl. We really thought there was probably an accident ahead so we sat and crawled along. Then the traffic started moving right passed what was holding it up in the first place. We finally saw what was slowing us down all that time. A black bear family was sitting up in a big oak tree right beside an antique mall and lots of folks were stopping and taking pictures and of course I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots, too. I couldn't believe I was this close to bears.

 This is mama bear and this huge old oak tree is right beside this transformer.

She appeared to just be eating something in the tree.


This is one of the two fuzzy cubs. I didn't get a picture of the other one. It was up a lot higher.
What was so funny is the antique mall right beside this tree had "bears" in their name. I can't remember what it was though.
We have been driving through these mountains for over thirty seven years and this is our first bear sighting.

A peek at something that came home with me.

 Lots of loot at super prices came home with us and I will be sharing the finds in upcoming posts.
Mr. Savvy who cannot stand to shop was a real trooper on Saturday especially after the car navigation system was carrying us all over the place and in circles. Ugh! We did have a wonderful lunch after it took us the wrong way though so thank you, lady in the box. (our name for the navigation)

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Enjoy your Sunday

32 comments:

  1. Wow. What great shots. Hope you had a zoom lens and were a good distance away..LOL.

    We have sightings like that here in Central Florida.. they LOVE to get into peoples trash.

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  2. That is crazy! We have had lots of bears around here too. That must have been so exciting and a little scary to see them this close. You captured great shots.

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  3. That's quite a sighting! Good thing you had your camera handy. Those bears were free entertainment for everyone! You picked the perfect weekend to go to the mountains. the weather has been so pretty.

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  4. Wow! That is so cool, Kim! I get very excited to see wild animals... even though in my neck of the woods that usually just means deer or coyotes. Can't wait to see your new finds :)

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  5. Hi Kim,

    Sounds like you had a great get away...
    Seeing a bear would stop me in my travels too! Can't wait to see your new loot!!
    Have a great day...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  6. WOW, I sure hope you weren't too close taking these shots! A hungry bear is not something to be near:):) Love the demijohn and can't wait to see the rest! Happy Sunday! XO, Pinky

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  7. Sounds like you had a lot of fun Kim! We can not wait to take the boys to the mountains when we come out visit with the in laws. We are even talking maybe having Thanksgiving there sometime. Glad you r weekend was a grand one!

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  8. Wow - that would be so interesting to see. Not something you would ever see here in South Florida.

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  9. Oh my! I'd say.. how exciting. Love when something unexpected happens. Can't wait to see your finds..

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  10. I can tell I'm gonna love your loot. That peek peaked my interest.

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  11. What a site to see Kim! Great captures. Glad you enjoyed the weekend.

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  12. Awww! The little bear is so cute! I bet the mom on the other hand might not be. Glad you had a fun get away, can't wait to see your treasures!

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  13. How funny that they are all up there. They must be hiding from something.

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  14. wow that is amazing ..I guess the bear family was very laid back ...so to speak..and not bothered at all by all the humans and our crazy driving machines

    - KAT -

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  15. Had not idea there were bears in Georgia!
    Can't wait to see what you came home with, Kim.
    xx
    A

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  16. That was quite a sighting! The are such beautiful (but stinky) creatures, but I wouldn't want to be any closer to them than you were!

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  17. Sounds like a fun trip. Love the pics of the bear. Can't wait to see all the treasures. Hugs, Marty

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  18. We have lived in our neighborhood now for 4 years. Have had two bears in the neighborhood but none that we have had sight of. So close to that transformer! YIKES.. be careful baby bears!

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  19. Kim, looks like an exciting and rewarding day. I'll be eager to see what you found. I recently found a demi John in France for 10 euros. Couldn't believe it! ~ Sarah

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  20. Wow I would have been freaking out at being that close to the bears...Not a big fan of any animal that eats meat and is big enough to consider me meat lol.

    Great story though...What town was the sighting? we have kin up in the GA mountains.

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  21. How exciting to see bears! I haven't seen any in years. We'd see them occasionally when we lived in MT. Looking forward to seeing your new shopping finds.

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  22. What a great sighting that was, close but not to close!
    I can't wait to see what treasures you brought home with you!
    I wouldn't tell you what my husband calls the "lady in the box"LOL!

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  23. I have only seen bears in the zoo, never in the wild - which I guess could be scary. Good thing that you had your camera with you for what could be a once in a lifetime shot and that you were in your car as a bit of protection.

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  24. Wow bears that it's really exating. We don't have bears here in the south of Sweden.

    Regards
    Elna

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  25. Very cool! She was a big ol' bear to be that high in the tree! How neat that you got to see it. We call our GPS Nellie the Navigator!

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  26. Kim, We used to see bears quite often when we visited the Smokey Mountains. They would always have the traffic held up for miles. The little cubs are adorable but you don't want to mess with mama bear.
    Looking forward to seeing your new treasures.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  27. I saw a black bear less than a mile from my house last week.... I need to move back to the city!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  28. Wow...what a fascinating sight...thanks for sharing this roadside adventure!

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  29. How cute! I would be so excited to see them :)

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  30. Great shots! We get bears in our neighborhood(there are woods behind our house.) Black bears are pretty harmless, but they knock over birdfeeders trying to get the seed. They're pretty skittish, though, so I've never gotten any good pics. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. You know I have never seen a bear in the "wild". It would be cool as long as there were lots of people around and they weren't chasing me! How fun for you!

    I'm lucky...my husband loves to shop as much as I do. He gets bored when I'm clothes shopping...but he likes antiques, thrifting, gift shops and malls!

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