One of my most recent delights, a walk in the woods, was the surprise provided by Seminole State Forest on a revisit after a decade. Walking the Florida Trail south from Cassia to the Bear Pond Trailhead, the perfect weather made for an easy pace and plenty of photographic opportunities. The moment I froze with my camera, however, was the moment I saw the bears.
Paul and I had just come around a corner, turning from a narrow trail onto a broad road, where I saw the most amazing sight: the hind end of a mama bear vanishing into a thicket of myrtle oak and Chapman oak, with her tiny baby cub, no bigger than a raccoon, nipping at her heels.
I stopped short and held my breath. Three beats, and they were gone. A magical moment in one of the most likely places in Florida to see the Florida black bear in the wild, Seminole State Forest.