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Mama Bear and Cubs

Mama Bear and Cubs
Photo Information
Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-21
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Full of tenderness -2- / Pleine de tendresse -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-01-08 18:47
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is not an easy task for a Mama bear to catch fishes to feed the cubs. She is very protective and will keeps her cubs close by at all time, however, she needed to feed herself and the cubs, so she had to leave them nearby to go fishing. There are many other adult bear around, the male bears will kill or hurt young bears. Mama bear with cubs will general try to stay away from others, but at this time of year, during salmon run, they need to feed as much to get their body fat before the winter return and they need to go in hibernations. Generally the bear will eat at the river, but bear with cubs will take it back to the cave or secluded place to eat.
Photo quality is not great due to low light down in the river between hills and thick vegetation.

Photo taken at Anan Creek, located on the Tongass National Forest (35 miles) South East of Wrangell, Alaska, accessible only by boat or float plane. Anan Wildlife Observatory is world renowned for its extraordinary bear viewing opportunities. Home to one of Southeast Alaska's largest pink salmon runs, it attracts a significant number of bears, both black and brown, as well as hundreds of eagles, seals and other wildlife that rely on the salmon as a major food source.

It is a short walking distance from the dock to the viewing area, there are rangers in the front and in the back with weapon, just in case. We had to make lots of noise to scare them away. Usually they are busy fishing, and they avoid people, but occasionaly you will come too close and have to back away and wait till they leave. We have a viewing platform and we stay inside a camaflage hut down near the river to see them catching fishes.

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Amazing scene Way! GREAT photo! Excellent composition, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness!

A work of documentary art, Lim Way, capturing a familiar scene from the life of black bears, describing their natural environment, rainforest, where rocks and logs are covered with lichens, mosses and ferns. A full, round, perfect job. Wonderful what you share with us today, friend ...

A big hug from Argentina


Hello Lim
What an spectacular show.
Nice natural ambiance.
Great light and tonal range.
A true pro work.
Best wishes,

Hello Lim,
Nice to see you back again with a astounding picture.It's not an easy task to capture such Mama with her little ones.It's really dangerous.
But well captured.Credit goes to you to show us such beautiful one.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Lim
照的清晰 很漂亮的一母子熊
這種場面非常的壯觀 照的很自然
光線亮麗 小熊很可愛 這鏡頭真是百年難得一見
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hallo Way
It is great to once more see a photo from your hand and lens. So here's the family know. What a nice and unique moment that you caught really well. I like the expressions on all of their faces. This is a fantastic shot. The natural colours in this image is very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-09 11:45]

Hi Way,a pic with bears in its behavior is very very rare,a great pearl in the today gallery,magnificent capture with the usual special quality! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-09 23:10]

Beautiful frame of this family of Bear...good composition and colors. tfs.

Hello Lim,
An outstanding capture with great perfection,lovely composition of this Mama bear with her cubs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-10 11:37]

Hello Way,
Beautiful photo of this family of bear. Nice natural colours in splendid light. Excellent sharpness and a great composition.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Way

Beautiful scenery of Mommy Bear and her cubs, fine POV obtaining her
glance on you (protective to her cubs), and the way there are framed
it gives dynamism to the image in a full of tenderness photo, TFS


This is a great shot!
Great composition with the treelog and the big stone pointing
in different directions. With the wonderfull bears sharing a moment
with you (and us now!)
You are very skilled shooting landscapes, and this to me is a landscape including intresting annimals! Good colors!


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