Renewal = Spring .

Though it’s hard to imagine, with winters icy grip, and its cold white coating of snow, just around the corner, for me when I think of renewal, I think of Spring. Spring is the time of renewal. Soon after the snow melts the wildflowers will begin to emerge and the young animals and birds will soon begin to be born. A new generation is about toย commence.

Coming soon…

…to the Spring-time forest near you.

Painted Trillium

Close up of the white petals, with the band of deep pink at each petals base, of a painted trillium.

Pink Lady among the birches.

Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid.

Pink lady's slipper orchid standing next to a small white birch tree, the hint of another flower can be seen in the softly out of focus background, along with the leaf littered forest floor. Dappled sunlight lights the foreground flower seemingly from within.ย 

The Next Generation.

And soon there will be four.

Canada goose eggs sitting safely in their down lined nest.

Close up of four off white canada goose eggs, all nice and cozy in their down lined nest.


A pair of black bear cubs and their sleeping mother.

A black bear cub stands against a tree, front paws on the rough bark, appearing to look right out of the image and directly at you. It's sibling looks up, almost as if looking up in awe at an older more experience brother, from its comfortable resting place, nestled snuggly against  their sleeping mother.

51 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

  1. I like the first flower shots with pink and white petals. With a soft darker background. Makes the flower looks fresh and captivating. Lovely…

    1. As far as I could tell she was sleeping. When I first realized they were there, she appeared to be asleep. After a short while, she sat up, looked right at me (at least it seemed so), and then after a short while, lay back down. Which was a great load off my mind. If Mama was comfortable enough with my presence I figured I wasn’t going to become bear dinner ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was able to photograph them for about 45 minutes before Mom got up and decided it was time to move on.

      1. Oh goodness, I think I would not have had the nerve to stay! Lucky you, both for running into the cubs, and also for the Mama deciding she was more interested in sleep than in lunch!

    1. Not at all, extremely lucky though. I was camping in the mountains in northern New Hampshire, and returning to my camp site after photographing sunrise, I heard a noise, looked up and there they were. To say I was a little uneasy being that close to a mother bear and her three cubs (there was a 3rd high up in the tree, not in the photo), would be the understatement of the year! But, since “Mom” was sleeping when I first saw them, and after sitting up briefly to see what the cubs were up to, laying back down, I figured I was Ok. As long as I didn’t do something stupid like try to get too close. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The bear cubs are cute. Lucky you that you could have all that time to shoot them before Mama Bear decided to move on. I really like the shot of the Painted Trillium — beautiful capture.

    1. Thank you ver much Anne. I was more than a little nervous, excited, and happy, that Mom was nice enough to let me photograph her and the kids for so long. I was doubly happy that she didn’t appear to want to get any closer to me, than I was willing to get to her ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. The wild orchids are simply YUMMY, so are your two photos of them! I admire you, Jeff, I could never ever walk in the woods where there are bears… :O

    1. Thank you very much Lucy! The trick when venturing out into bear country is to always bring someone else, with you. But only someone that runs slower than you. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. The bears were photographed using a 70-200 f4L at 200mm on my 40D. I was only about 50-75 feet away at the time. I was initially quite nervous once I realized just who was across the stream from my campsite. Since “Mom” would alternate between sleeping with an occasional glance around to ensure I wasn’t a threat, I felt somewhat safe. I was smart enough not to push my luck and try to get any closer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Silly me, I thought you were referring to your local names for both flowers. Though “Nile Flower” sure makes more sense for a flower that grows on the water, rather than one that grows in the forest.

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