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for the past two months my son and I we traveled all over the United States in search of amazing photography opportunities and all-around adventure and man did we find some cool stuff this video is the first part of that expedition and a lot of you are familiar with the camera gear that I use I use a high-powered telephoto lens and a really high-resolution camera that really allows me to get really close to these animals but from a real safe distance and all of the stuff that you see in these videos was taken either from the safety of my car or from a good ways away from these animals it's always best to keep a good safe distance from any wild animals and obey all the local rules laws and regulations because they vary from area to area and it's important to remember that those rules are there to protect you and the animals a lot of people don't realize that these animals are so protective of their young for a reason there are predators that are waiting there to take their babies and if you were to separate the mother from the young you could actually be the cause of the death of those babies and I don't think anybody wants that so with all that out of the way let me show you this cool little place in the Smoky Mountains called Cades Cove if you've been there already then you know what it's about if you have it guess what you get a front-row seat so come on let's go deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains a full moon hangs in the sky while the sunrise paints the misty clouds with soft pastel pinks soothing blues and hints of purple the smokey mist that this area is well known for blankets the treeline and clings to a meadow filled with lush vibrant flowers two young deer eagerly graze on the rich supply of dew covered grasses and flowers as the Sun starts to peek over the mountains and washes over the entire valley bringing with it an incredible golden light a large whitetail male deer raises his head and fills his lungs with fresh morning air with over 200 million scent receptors in his nose this impressive buck can smell any form of danger from over a half a mile away his brain decodes the molecules floating in the air and past experiences help him determine if the scent in question his friend or foe when he's satisfied that no danger exists he wags his tail relaxes and continues grazing it is a peaceful scene in Cades Cove a 4,000 acre valley that appears to exist in a long-forgotten time surrounding the valley is a lush dense canopy of maple gum and pine trees intertwined within this beautiful forest are miles of hiking trails just waiting for exploration and it's here that we come across an animal that enjoys the simple bare necessities a young black bear at first glance it appears as if this bear has peacefully passed on but this carefully chosen piled of old rotten branches is the perfect location for a mid-morning nap not only is this spot hidden and surrounded on three sides by large fallen trees but it also has the perfect amount of soft dappled sunlight filtering down through the canopy like a nice toasty blanket and this bear is enjoying every single bit of that warmth like I said the simple bare necessities and talk about being relaxed this bear is flat out on its back with its paws on its chest in its mouth slightly open let's leave this bear to its dreams of sweet and succulent cherries and see what else we can find a little further down the trail and we find this male wild turkey who puffs up his feathers in hopes of attracting a female the lack of light in the woods isn't going to do much to show off this bird's impressive plumage he needs to move out into the meadow where the light can really help him show off his colors like this Wow take a look at this bird what an incredible display of color and when he puffs up his feathers and straightens his neck his feathers come to life with all sorts of cracks and crevices that make for one incredible amount of texture simply amazing and this bird isn't a one-sided work of art either as you can plainly see this bird's other side is just as beautiful and from this angle his feathers look like a giant chunk of burning wood the dark feathers look like layers of shiny charcoal and the tinges of red and orange look like glowing embers and you can't miss that tassel of what looks like hair coming out of this turkey's chest that is called a breast beard yep that's correct a breast beard and the older of the turkey the longer the breast beard wow what an incredible looking creature in the tall grass that fills the meadow a single crow nervously peers through the lush growth this bird knows that wide-open spaces aren't always the safest places to be a little further in the forest and we find a pileated woodpecker who was looking for a tasty meal among the old rotten tree branches this is the largest woodpecker in the United States and the abundant tree cover found here makes this bird feel comfortable enough to forage on the forest floor a little further up in the canopy and a much smaller downy woodpecker makes an appearance before fluttering off into the woods just to the left and a little further up in the trees and we see something much different something small and black is clinging to the side of a tree two trees over and we see yet another small furry black creature perfectly balanced on a tiny tree Ridge these are very very young black bear cubs and they are in the trees for a reason the trees give these Cubs protection from predators like coyotes and male black bears who are both notorious for killing and eating black bear cubs it's time to back up and give these young Cubs some space for their safety and our own and what do you know there's mama bear now and right behind her a caravan of three tiny Cubs who stealthily hunker low to the ground and use the tangle of fresh undergrowth to conceal their presence back out in the open meadow and the long thick grass dances in the morning breeze but the birds have grown eerily quiet a quick look into the trees on the side of the meadow reveals why I think I recognize those feet they are crow's feet and I don't mean those wrinkles that sometimes appear around an older person's eyes those feet belong to a crow and I think those brown stripe feathers belong to a barn owl yep that's definitely a barn owl and it has managed to catch a good-sized crow I didn't know barn owls actively hunted and ate crows but apparently they do this owl seems to be enjoying its late morning meal of crow so let's leave it alone and see what else we can find back across the large white open meadows we move deeper into the forest a group of tiger swallowtail butterflies gather along the side of the hiking trail delicate flowers on the ground lead to a tree full of blossoms a beautiful mountain laurel creates a wonderful distraction for the eyes but my ears are telling me to look to the left because I can hear the faint sound of tiny footsteps thumping out a steady rhythm on an old rotten log I slowly look towards the approaching sound and three adorable bear cubs come marching through the forest these Cubs are busy learning new skills while they attempt to navigate a huge maze of pine cones and tree branches this fallen tree makes the perfect bridge and it helps the Cubs safely cross the giant pile of rotting limbs and make their way right back to mom who's eagerly waiting on the other side time to give these bears some space so we head back to the car for one last Drive around the 11 mile paved loop road and what do you know our two young deer from this morning they've made their way across the vast meadow and are now grazing by the roadside but something catches my eye on the other side of the road a full-grown black bear standing on its hind legs what an awesome perspective and I mean that literally it turns and looks right at our truck and I fire off a couple of shots of this beautiful bear stand meadow of flowers the early morning light really helps show off the amazing color and texture of this bears fur this incredible vantage point for the bear and all of the people watching from their cars causes what the locals call a bear jam cars back up for miles as the adult bear makes its way to the other side of the road the bear takes a few steps into the road and pauses making sure it's safe to cross wait a minute is that the mother bear I see movement in the bushes on the side of the road and turn to see three Cubs impatiently waiting by the roadside their patience runs out and one by one all three Cubs trot out in the middle of the road where mama bear is waiting they piled together a little unsure of themselves in the open road but mom's warm wet nose is all the assurance these Cubs need she sniffs each cub and gives them the occasional lick before all the cubs pile under Mom for safety she safely leads them across the road where she patiently waits at the base of a tree and that can only mean one thing it's nap time for these little cups and mama bear is telling them it's time to climb high up in the tree find a nice forked branch and take a well needed nap while she continues to forage for food the Cubs they do just that and they climb high into the tree where they stretch their little paws take up big oh I'm so tired yawn and peacefully go to sleep Cades Cove has a simply beautiful place and I think you'll agree and now I understand why everybody falls in love and never wants to leave if you do want to go I have a suggestion don't call it a Saturday there's far too many people and you might not actually make it around that 11 mile loop in time to see me the awesome wildlife which makes me to the other point if you do see some awesome wildlife keep a good safe distance the rule for the Bears there is you got to stay at least 50 yards away that's the law you should respect that and I'd like to think a lot of people for helping me with this video Jack and Dave my fellow Florida shooters it was always good time shooting with you guys Don and Caroline that run the mountain campground where my stunt at the Sun and I stayed thank you for your awesome hospitality and in thank you so much for teaching us about the wonders of Cades Cove it was great spending time with you as well and as always don't forget to click that thumbs up comment let me know what you thought of this video and until next time I'll see you later