Michele Barker Photography: Blog https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog en-us (C)Michele L. Barker Photography mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:49:00 GMT Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:49:00 GMT https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/img/s/v-12/u1023468850-o613327250-50.jpg Michele Barker Photography: Blog https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog 120 80 The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog decorate their Christmas tree https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/12/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-decorate-their-christmas-tree Christmas was almost here! Bear and Dog were excited to get the Christmas tree inside and start decorating it.  Bear got the tree settled and put the lights on it.

Once the lights were all set, Dog could now help with the rest of the decorations.

Dog decorated the bottom part of the tree, while Bear  decorated the higher spots.
 
With the tree all decorated, it was time for the star to be placed on the tree top.  Bear carefully climbed up the back of the tree with Dog on his shoulders and the star in his hand.
 
Once they were up high enough Bear passed the star to Dog, and Dog placed it carefully on the top of the tree.
 
 
After they were safely down, Bear turned on the lights.  Dog could not believe how beautiful the tree looked.
 
 
Next, Bear put the room back together and placed the presents under the tree.  It was now time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
    From Bear and Dog
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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) Bear Christmas decorate Dog tree https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/12/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-decorate-their-christmas-tree Tue, 24 Dec 2019 18:43:24 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog paint their Giant pumpkins https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/10/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-paint-their-giant-pumpkins It was a rainy and chilly fall day.  Bear was reading and Dog played with his ball as the warmth of the fire filled the room.

As Bear finished reading, he came up with an idea.  "Let's paint the pumpkins!" Bear said to Dog.  Dog was so excited he could hardly wait.  Bear cleared off the table, got out the paint supplies and moved the pumpkins. 

Bear explained "Painting can be messy, we must cover ourselves up just in case."

Dog got all covered up and was ready to start painting.  Bear got the blue paint ready for Dog as it is his favorite color.  Dog tried really hard to not get paint everywhere.

But no matter how hard Dog tried, he got it all over himself.  It was a good thing Bear had me cover up, Dog thought to himself.

Bear put his pumpkin on the table so it would be easier for him to paint.  He chose to use the red paint to try to make it look scary.

Once the paint was dry, Bear put the pumpkins back on the stands.  With the paint supplies all picked up, Bear and Dog settled in and talked about how much fun it was to paint their Giant pumpkins.

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/10/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-paint-their-giant-pumpkins Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:14:39 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog grow Giant pumpkins https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/9/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-grow-giant-pumpkins Fall had arrived, and Bear couldn't believe how fast the summer flew by.  Other than enjoying their time camping, they hadn't ventured out much.

Bear and Dog were really excited as they had planted seeds to grow Giant pumpkins, and it was now time to harvest them. They could hardly believe their eyes!! The pumpkins were HUGE.  Bear had all he could do to get the biggest one on the wagon.

"Look what we grew." Bear said to Dog.  Dog jumped up on the wagon in excitement. It was fun spending time working in the garden together.

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear camping dog pumpkins https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/9/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-grow-giant-pumpkins Sat, 28 Sep 2019 20:12:31 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog stay cool at the ocean https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/7/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-stay-cool-at-the-ocean It was a very hot day,  "it feels like it is 100 degrees," Bear said to Dog.  Bear decided it would be a good day for them to go to the ocean.

When they arrived, Bear and Dog investigated a tidal pool.  Bear put on his sun glasses so he could see into the water better.

Bear spotted a couple of chairs that they could sit in to enjoy the view and the cool ocean breeze.

They sat for hours relaxing and watching the waves crash on the shore.

It was a great way to stay cool on this very warm summer day.

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear dog maine ocean summer https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/7/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-stay-cool-at-the-ocean Sun, 21 Jul 2019 15:29:15 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog get a Bee Hive https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/6/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-get-a-bee-hive Bear was remembering back to the day that him and Dog were watching the Honey Bear movie.  Bear had told Dog that one day they would have their own bee hive.  

That day had finally come!  Bear loaded the bee hive on the back of the wagon.  Some bees were already buzzing around.

Concerned that Dog may get stung, Bear took one of his old straw hats and covered it with netting to help protect Dog.

Now that the wagon was loaded and Dog was ready to go, they headed out to find a good spot to put the bee hive.

After walking for a bit, Bear could see the perfect spot just ahead.

Bear unloaded the bee hive and got it in place.  Now him and Dog could have all the honey they wanted.

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear bee hive dog maine https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/6/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-get-a-bee-hive Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:25:23 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog's last day in their Mountain Den https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dogs-last-day-in-their-mountain-den Bear and Dog spent the winter high up in the mountains.  It had been a rough one.  There were many snow storms and the temperatures were frigid.  They did not venture out much and stayed close to the den.

Spring had finally arrived and the snow was beginning to melt.  As morning came Bear could feel the warmth of the sun reaching into the den.  He knew their time on the mountain would be over soon. 

Bear started a nice fire for them to warm up a bit.

Later that morning Bear and Dog headed out to check a small pond that they would need to cross on their journey back down the mountain.

As they got close to the pond Bear could see open water near the edge.

Just then Dog jumped off the sled and ran toward the open water.  Bear yelled "Stop" and Dog stopped just at the edge.

Bear cautiously made his way over to Dog.  He explained that the snow & ice may not be safe this time of year around water. You must always be careful. 

With the temperatures warming up and the ice melting on the pond, Bear knew it was time to leave their mountain den.

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) Bear and Dog den mountain spring winter https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2019/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dogs-last-day-in-their-mountain-den Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:48:00 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog get their Christmas Tree https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/12/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-get-their-christmas-tree Bear could hardly believe that it was almost Christmas.  The year had gone by fast.  It was a year ago Christmas day that Bear had set out on his journey to get Dog.  Bear grabbed the sled and axe and headed out with Dog to get their Christmas tree.

Dog waited patiently as Bear chopped down the tree.

With the tree all loaded up on the sled it was time to head back and decorate it.

Bear chuckled as Dog got tangled in the lights while trying to help put them on the tree.

Bear and Dog finished off the day by having their Christmas picture taken.

Merry Christmas Everyone!  From Dog and Bear.

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) Bear Christmas Dog Xmas https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/12/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-get-their-christmas-tree Sat, 22 Dec 2018 21:25:30 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog get ready for Winter https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/11/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-get-ready-for-winter A small unexpected snow storm reminded Bear that winter would be here soon.  He headed out to finish chopping up some wood.

Dog thought he was helping by sitting on the wood that was in the wagon.

Soon Dog was bored and wandered off to play in the snow.  "What's this?" said Dog "Could it be my beach ball that I lost this summer?"  Dog tried and tried to dig it out of the snow but it was stuck.

The ball was frozen in the snow.  Bear had to get out his shovel to try to dig it out.

After what seemed like forever to Dog, Bear was able to break the ball free from the ice.

 

Dog played with the ball until it was time to go inside.  This time he brought it in so it wouldn't get stuck in the snow again.

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) Just a Bear and his Dog https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/11/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-get-ready-for-winter Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:53:29 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog go on a Balloon Ride https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/8/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-on-a-balloon-ride It was a cool and sunny morning.  The wind was calm and with no storms in the forecast, it made for a perfect morning for a balloon launch. Bear and Dog got up really early to go to a local park for a balloon ride. This was a new adventure for them as they had never been up in a balloon before.  They arrived at the park to find out they would be going up in a balloon called 'You Rock'.

Bear and Dog checked everything out as they waited for it to be inflated.

Once the balloon was ready to go, Bear and Dog climbed into the basket.  They could hardly wait to take off!  They were going to launch first, as the other riders for the 'Stars and Stripes' balloon had not shown up yet.

The balloon began to lift off the ground and away they went.

Bear and Dog were very excited as the balloon went higher and higher.  They were amazed at everything they could see from above.

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) balloon ride Bear and Dog https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/8/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-on-a-balloon-ride Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:00:00 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog go to the movies https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/8/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-to-the-movies It was a lazy, rainy day.  Bear and Dog were anxious to get out.  Just then Bear came up with a great idea.  Lets go to the movies! One of Bears favorite movies was playing.

"A movie about a cat" thought Dog.  This should be funny!

"What's this? There is a bear in this movie as well?" said Dog  "Why yes" said Bear "It is a honey bear."  Dog chuckled as the funny looking cat knocked him right off his feet and into all the honey pots.

Then the cat got his foot stuck in one of the honey pots.  Dog chuckled again.

With most of his honey pots knocked over, he headed out to find more honey.  High up in a tree the bees were buzzing around. Bear explained to Dog that you need to look for bees if you want to find honey.

Jackpot! Look at all that honey.  "Yum" Bear thought.  Then Bear told Dog that one day we will have our own bee hive.  Then we can have all the honey we want.

Just then the honey bear slipped and fell right into the honey.  Bear and Dog laughed, and laughed throughout the rest of the movie.

It was a great way to spend a rainy day.

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear dog honey movies https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/8/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-to-the-movies Sat, 04 Aug 2018 21:37:04 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog go to the lake and fireworks https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/7/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-to-the-lake-and-fireworks It had been really hot so far this summer. Bear thought it would be a good idea to take Dog to the lake to do some fishing.

After catching several fish Bear and Dog headed back. With the raft secure on shore, Bear put the fish they had caught back in the net to keep them cool in the water. 

They sat for a bit enjoying the cool breeze that was coming off the lake. Bear had a big surprise for Dog planned later that night. He could hardly wait to tell Dog. 

It was finally time to head back.  Bear was going to surprise Dog by taking him to watch the fireworks!  Bear knew that Dog may be scared of the loud bangs that the fireworks make so he brought Dog's blanket to wrap him up with to help with the noise.  As they waited for it to get darker, Bear explained all about the fireworks and how beautiful they would be.

It was finally dark enough for the fireworks to begin.  Dog was amazed at all the colors and his blanket muffled the loud bangs just enough.  Bear was very proud of Dog for being brave.  It was a perfect way to end the day.

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) Bear Dog Fireworks Lake https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/7/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-to-the-lake-and-fireworks Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:05:02 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog go Camping https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/5/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-camping Memorial weekend was finally here. It was the first big camping weekend of the year for Bear and Dog.  Bear had found a great spot earlier in the year and couldn't wait to go camping there.  After setting up the camp, Bear and Dog sat by the pond enjoying the view.

After relaxing for a bit, Bear tossed the ball around for Dog.  Dog loves to play fetch!

All the running around made Dog very hungry and thirsty.

Soon it was time for Bear to get the campfire going and cook up a fish he had caught earlier.

After supper Bear toasted up some marshmallows for him and Dog.

It was the perfect ending to the day!

 

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear and dog camping https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/5/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-camping Mon, 28 May 2018 19:12:43 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog Climb a Mountain https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-climb-a-mountain It was a beautiful warm and sunny Spring day.  Bear loves to climb and thought "What a great day to climb a mountain!".  Bear and Dog headed out to climb to the top of Bear's favorite spot and have a picnic.  Upon reaching the top they were surprised to still see a little snow left.  But with the warmth and sunshine it was melting fast. 

After resting a bit and eating some berries and kibbles it was time to head back down the mountain. Bear secured the rope and him and Dog made their way back down. Once they had safely reached the ledge below they took a moment to catch their breath and look back at what they had just accomplished.

 

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear climbing dog mountain spring https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-climb-a-mountain Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:11:55 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog test out their new Raft https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-test-out-their-new-raft Bear had been working very hard building a new raft for him and Dog.  After a lot of hard work it was ready. As Bear was loading up the raft, Dog begged Bear to let him bring his favorite blanket along.  Bear couldn't say no!

This was the very first raft Bear had built.  He was excited that it had turned out so well. But he did notice the raft was a little tippy, especially when Dog moved around. 

Bear and Dog were having so much fun, Bear didn't realize how late it was getting.  It was getting dark, and Bear was happy that he had thought to bring the lantern along.  He moved Dog's blanket to the back of the raft so more light would show, and they started their journey back.

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear dog maine raft https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-test-out-their-new-raft Sun, 08 Apr 2018 23:29:40 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog go on an Easter Egg Hunt https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-on-an-easter-egg-hunt Easter had arrived early this year.  The skies were blue and the sun was shining.  Bear was preparing a fish dinner for him and Dog.  But first it was time to take Dog on an Easter egg hunt.  Dog wagged his tail with excitement as he waited patiently for Bear to hide the Easter eggs.

Dog was good at finding the Easter eggs.  His bucket quickly filled up!

Dog had found lots and lots of Easter eggs.  Tired from all the hunting, he snugged in close with Bear.

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear dog easter maine winter https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-on-an-easter-egg-hunt Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:59:48 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear and Dog go Fishing https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-fishing It was April and Spring had arrived. The snow was starting to melt away and the ice had melted in some of the small streams.  It was the perfect time to teach Dog how to fish, Bear thought.  As they settled in on a log crossing the stream, Dog cast his line into the water.  Within no time he caught two fish!  Bear was very proud of Dog.

After helping Dog with the net to get the fish, Bear decided to fish as well.  He quickly had a fish take his line.  Bear's eyes got big as his fishing pole bent over.  He had a big fish on the line!

Bear tried and tried to reel in the big fish, but the fish broke free. It was getting late in the day and it was time to head back.  It was going to be a long hike as they had just moved in to a new home.

Bear was so excited about the fish that Dog had caught on his very first fishing trip he grabbed the camera to take some pictures.

   

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear dog fishing maine winter https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog-bear-and-dog-go-fishing Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:38:51 GMT
The Adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog" Bear gets a Dog https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog It was a snowy winter day in Maine and Christmas was almost here.  Bear headed out to brave the storm and find just the right tree.  He wanted everything to be just right, as Christmas morning was the day he was welcoming a new member to his family.  He was getting a dog!

Bringing Home the Christmas TreeBringing Home the Christmas TreeBraving the storm this little bear brought home the tree.

Christmas day had finally arrived!  Bear was so excited to head out and pick up Dog.  It was going to be quite the hike to get him, but Bear was ready for the challenge.  Bear arrived to meet Dog and it was love at first sight!

The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"Winter in Maine can be long and stretch into Spring. This year (2018) it did just that. Taken in March after spring had officially arrived according to the calendar. I decided to have some fun with the snow banks that were still in the yard.

Excited to show Dog his new home they started the long hike back to the den.

The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"Winter in Maine can be long and stretch into Spring. This year (2018) it did just that. Taken in March after spring had officially arrived according to the calendar. I decided to have some fun with the snow banks that were still in the yard.

As Bear and Dog reached to top of a small hillside, Bear assured Dog that there was just a little further to go.

The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"Winter in Maine can be long and stretch into Spring. This year (2018) it did just that. Taken in March after spring had officially arrived according to the calendar. I decided to have some fun with the snow banks that were still in the yard.

 Continuing on with their hike they came upon their first big mountain side covered in deep snow.

The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"Winter in Maine can be long and stretch into Spring. This year (2018) it did just that. Taken in March after spring had officially arrived according to the calendar. I decided to have some fun with the snow banks that were still in the yard.

They carefully made their way down the snow covered trail with Dog proudly leading the way.

The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"Winter in Maine can be long and many times stretches into Spring. This year (2018) it did just that. Taken in March after spring had officially arrived according to the calendar. I decided to have some fun with the snow banks that were still in the yard.

As Dog reached the end of the trail he looked over the edge. Bear proudly said "The den is just below. Welcome to your new home!"

The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"The adventures of "Just a Bear and his Dog"Winter in Maine can be long and stretch into Spring. This year (2018) it did just that. Taken in March after spring had officially arrived according to the calendar. I decided to have some fun with the snow banks that were still in the yard.

 

 

 

 

 

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mbarkerphotos@aol.com (Michele Barker Photography) bear dog maine winter https://www.mbarkerphotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-adventures-of-just-a-bear-and-his-dog Sun, 01 Apr 2018 15:52:57 GMT