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Photo of the week: by Jay Sheaffer

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'Visiting the Grizzly family in my retirement'

Jay and Laura Sheaffer celebrated their recent retirement from Bedford County schools (He was at Big Island Elementary; she was at Bedford Elementary.) with a 10,000 mile road trip to Alaska.  Jay got this shot of a beautiful mama grizzly watching over one of her two cubs in far northern British Columbia (just below the Yukon Territory border).    In his words:  "We pulled off the road, shut of the engine, and spent 40 wonderful minutes watching the bears grazing on the grasses and flowers.  During that time, we only saw four other vehicles.  The trio was about 25 or 30 yards from us.  I took this photo using my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikkor 55mm - 200mm zoom lens set at 175mm.  ISO was 320, aperture F5.6, shutter speed 1/500 sec."  Thanks for submitting this edition's Photo of the Week, Jay, and enjoy your retirement!