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Holly Bear with her Biological Cub (Holly also adopted a yearling, abandoned cub this season)

Read a Cam Op’s Poem Inspired by Holly Bear

Suzie/CamOpEle was inspired by Holly and her biological cub from the Brown Bear Cam. An accident in taking a snapshot led to an image of the future and this poem by Suzie.

Suzie writes, “When I froze the image and took a pic with my Snagit program, the double image appeared. I kept looking at it, thinking it looked as if the liitle cub had grown in the double exposure and Holly’s double exposure image looked like she was leaving. I wrote this poem trying to imagine what Holly would feel and say to her cubs about having to leave them.”


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  • JoeBear

    That is wonderful Suzie!

    • suzie2013

      Hi JoeBear,
      Thank you :) I know I lend some Human emotion to it , but I hope Holly would feel it is at least somewhat accurate- that she does all she can. Thank you too for all the videos you share with us- I often don’t see them now that I’m a CamOp

  • Juergen

    if you allow me Suzie, i give you a big hug for doing this poem!!
    TY much my dear friend!

    • suzie2013

      Hi Juergen,
      A hug is always welcome. So glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you for all the beautiful GIFs you post for us as well

  • Ballpark Frank

    I just wanted to extend my gratitude to Explore.org and the cam operators for bringing Holly and her cub’s story to the world. Some may voice concern about anthropomorphic attributions of human emotions to wildlife, but anything that builds a greater connection between humans and wild bears is to be treasured. Wild bears have needed a reliable source of positive P/R for a long time, particularly in light of the careless behavior of humans that enter the wild ill-equipped to function appropriately in bear country. If bears could speak English, they would express their gratitude personally. Instead, they treat us to the precious images we have been seeing this morning!

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      Well said!

    • suzie2013

      Hi Ballpark Frank,
      I agree with Explore.org- Well said ! Thank you for being here expressing your thoughts on and for the bears

  • SweetPea

    Thank you for the beautiful picture and poem.

    • suzie2013

      Hi SweetPea :)
      You’re very welcome. As I said above, the picture and the poem just seemed to come to me like that. I actually have been feeling sort of sad about how young the cubs are when the mom turns them out, but now I feel like I understand it a little better- the instinct part of it…

  • Jeanne_FL

    Hi Suzie. Not only was your photo incredibly unique, but you expressed your thoughts about it very beautifully.

    • suzie2013

      Thank you Jeanne_FL,
      The photo emerged just like that when I took it- I’ve never seen anything quite like it

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006450047456 Patty

    Very lovely poem

    • suzie2013

      Hi Patty,
      Thank you :) I just looked at the picture and it seemed to write itself

  • OBXdreamer

    The poem was just perfect! I love the photo as well. I thank Explore.org and everyone associated with it so deeply for all the peace and restfulness you bring to me. I lost my oldest daughter last November, and my husband January this year, both to cancer, and every day now is a new day without them. So today is my first Oct. 8 without them. It’s been and is still so hard but I absolutely love coming here to the peacefulness and the unbelieveable beauty Explore and our wonderful cam ops provide daily. The cam ops are truly artists (and poets too!!). You never know who you are touching and who you are helping so always keep that in mind! And even more importantly helping remind people and encourage to protect this wonderful planet we are so privileged to inhabit. thank you so much!!

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      So sorry for your loss <3

      We are glad that you've found enjoyment and solace from the cams.

    • suzie2013

      Hi OBXdreamer,
      I’m sorry not to respond to your post sooner, but it was so moving you have been on my mind for days and I didn’t want to respond in haste. First of all, I too am so sorry for your loss, it just seems it would be overwhelming at times. I am thankful for every day we CamOps and Explore.org can find the scenes of beauty that create the sense of peacefulness you describe. I hope that will continue to be of help to you and I wish you the best

      • OBXdreamer

        Hi Suzie,
        Thank you for your kind words. :-) I, like so many others, would love to see the bears and Brooks Falls first hand, but that’s pretty much out of the question, but there’s nothing wrong with being all cozy at my pc with a cup of coffee and going along with all the wonderful cam ops for the trips you take us on each day. I absolutely meant it when I wrote that you all are true artists…the scenes you find for us to look at are just amazing. I never knew anything like Katmai and it’s bears existed. And there is humor too in watching those darling cubs..How adorable and heartwarming are Holly and her crew! Thank you for all that you do!

        • suzie2013

          I hope you don’t mind, OBXdreamer, but I shared with my fellow CamOps what you wrote. We all feel very privileged to operate the cams and find the scenes you talk about. There is always a sense of wonder at what we are doing and sharing with the viewers. What a wonderful community this is- so glad you are a part of it. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I appreciate very much too the kind words about my poem

          • OBXdreamer

            I don’t mind a bit!! :-) Getting all excited about polar bear season starting up. Have a great day! :-)

  • antiquelfc

    That was the most Beautiful poem , brought tears to my eyes! TY Cam-op

    • suzie2013

      Hi Antiquelfc,
      Thank you for your kind words. I am just so touched by Holly and her cubs’ story this year…

  • Ivymoss

    Great poem Suzie! It brought tears to my eyes too! ♥ Thank you for sharing it!

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