Full Circle with Baby Bear Counts One: Gobble, gobble, gobble

When I was young I used to find a thicket of these in my neighborhood, sit in the shadow of the vines, and eat grapes.

These are tiny and tart, but the intense grape taste makes them delectable.

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We called them “Fox Grapes,” According to Wikipedia:  There is ample evidence that the labrusca was growing wild in North America centuries before the Europeans discovered the continent.

If a wild grape is growing, a turkey is going to find it.

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And bears will follow…

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Surprise!

Baby Bear Counts One-Publishing Day!

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Baby Bear and his patient Mama are back,

and now it is autumn in their forest home.  As baby bear counts from one to ten the weather grows colder. Like all the other animals in the woods, the bears are alert to signs of winter coming.

Walking in the woods this morning with my new MerryMakers plush bear cub, I saw signs that the season is changing everywhere I looked.

The ferns are turning yellow.

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The fall flowers are blooming

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The acorns are ripe and falling from the tree.

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And the leaves are turning color.

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Full Circle with Baby Bear Counts One: Part 5

You’ve seen cattails, right? They are in many roadside wetlands and frankly, they don’t look that appetizing.

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catailsBut, according to a site called Eat The Weeds , the Cattail is such a useful plant that “It is said that if a lost person has found cattails, they have four of the five things they need to survive: Water, food, shelter and a source of fuel for heat—the dry old stalks. The one item missing is companionship. ”

Since they already have a cozy den, plenty of water and each other for companionship,  Mama and Baby Bear are digging the starchy roots to add to their Getting-Ready-for-Winter diet.

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It is a muddy job and the Cub leaves the work to Mama Bear

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While he pays attention to noises coming from beyond the reeds.

What could they be?  Stayed tuned for Part 6…

 

Full Circle with Baby Bear Counts One: Part 4

Bears are great climbers.

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Look at those claws!

Two cubs were orphaned when their mother was killed by a truck. They were  brought to the office of Oregon’s State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Colin Gillin, where I was able to videotape them.

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Bears climb trees to escape danger and to find food.

My cub climbed the tree to confront two squirrels

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My 1st sketch didn’t have him in the tree  so I revised to show him climbing.

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But the perspective seemed weird, for both the bear and the squirrels, so I revised again.

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And then again, to show the cub’s whole body.

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Finally I was able to carve the block…

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Print it and paint it.

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