Nursing Mama Bear

Nursing Mama Bear with Two Cubs, Lake Clark National Park, AlaskaJust when I thought this mother bear and her two cubs were going to disappear into the forest, she plopped down and began to nurse. The cubs couldn’t get enough, even after a morning of eating fish and what seemed like massive quantities of grass. But then again, it’s that time of year when it’s all about fattening up as much as possible before hibernation. It was nice to get a front row seat to this intimate behavior.
Nikon D810 with Nikkor 70-200mm lens (at 175mm) ISO 800, f/5 at 1/250th of a second

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  1. Rick Derevan October 9, 2017 at 11:39 pm #

    Fantastic. What an experience and thanks for sharing.

    • Sean Crane October 10, 2017 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks Rick.

  2. Sue October 9, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    Momma looks as though she is at complete ease, but with claws at the ready in the unlikely event . . .

    What a swell photo, Sean. I love the green hues in the backdrop. The coats on all three bears appear to be robust for the winter they will soon face.

    You must have felt privileged to experience such an event and to come away with an amazing souvenir, not to mention your life – we are talking a momma bear with her two young cubs.

    • Sean Crane October 10, 2017 at 11:26 am #

      No doubt Sue. But as long as she always knew where we were, no problem. Now if I tried to sneak around and get a shot from behind…

  3. Denise October 10, 2017 at 2:39 am #


    • Sean Crane October 10, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks D. I’m sure you can relate these days.

  4. Peter Butterfield October 10, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    —– Comfy sylvan glade
    —– For bonding and nourishment
    —– This future is ours .

  5. mom October 10, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    Awwwww. Very sweet.

  6. Amanda D October 10, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    This is beautiful, thank you! I am going to share the link to this in a Natural Birth group I belong to, they will love it 🙂

    • Sean Crane October 10, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks Amanda. Hope they do.

  7. Susan Rubeo October 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to get this photo what an amazing shot of Momma
    Bear & Cubs
    You always show as the Best

    Aunt Sue

  8. Angelina October 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

    Amazing! Surrounded by so many beautiful textures!