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All Animals magazine, September/October 2018

Photo by Bill Ellis

I took this image of a brown bear and her cubs in July 2017 during the bears’ morning hunt for clams at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve on the Alaskan Peninsula. As the early morning fog lifted, the sun coming up over the mountains illuminated the bears’ glistening fur. Although focused on finding food, they glanced in my direction when alerted by another sow and her three cubs arriving on the scene. For many years, I’ve aspired to become a wildlife photographer so I can visit places that few people can get to and capture images of animals in their natural habitat. That summer, I was finally able to do that. I joined a group of about 10 other aspiring wildlife photographers at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Alaska, where we observed and photographed grand animals such as these. We also saw eagles, wolves, puffins and the occasional black bear. This location will always be a favorite of mine.

Bill Ellis, Kansas City, Missouri

Photo by Anita Page

Cuddles and her brother Yellow had been together for their entire eight years of life. When their previous owner had to enter a nursing home and give them up, the Humane Society of Lawton-Comanche County here in Oklahoma placed them for adoption—together, if possible. Each time I saw them at adoption events at our local PetSmart, Cuddles would look at me with that intense gaze, and I felt a connection.  

Our home already had several pets, and adding two older cats would be a stretch. Yet I was haunted by her beautiful face.  We kept going back to visit and, of course, they soon came to live with us. Four years later, they are a joy to all. While her brother is loud and friendly, Cuddles is quiet and regal. You must wait until she is ready before you approach her. All of the other pets love her but are a bit intimidated by her. She and her brother are inseparable and love to snuggle. Each day I get to look into Cuddles' eyes and know that we still share that understanding and connection from when we first met.

I took this photo in January 2016 at home while Yellow and Cuddles were snuggling on the bed. I like this photo because it focuses on her beautiful eyes, which I feel show intelligence and a desire to connect with me. I am very much an amateur photographer and enjoy taking photos with the pets as models.

Anita Page, Lawton, Oklahoma

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