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Black bears frequent the roadsides in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada during May and June to feast on the roadside dandelions. This photograph was taken in June 1996 on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden, British Columbia in the late evening. The bear was eating the old dandelion stems and had managed to get itself covered in dandelion fluff. The situation was a difficult one to photograph in, because the bear was not in a protected area, so I was afraid that if I allowed it to see me, it would run away. I was also dealing with traffic rushing by beside me and the low light that I had available to photograph in. In the end, I used my car as a blind and photographed overtop of the hood with a zoom lens. Each time a big truck roared by on the highway beside me, the bear would stand up and peer around, and thus the shot was born. - photographer, John E. Marriott.

Black Bear standing in Dandelion fluff (BC, Canada) by John E. Marriott
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