Mamma Bear

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Lens: 600.0 mm f/4.0
  • Focal Length: 600mm
  • Shutter: 1/800 sec
  • ISO: 1250
  • Aperture: F/6.3

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This Photo's ID: 4667

Field Notes Print Info

I came across the bear and her cubs in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains National Park.

I was out early, and had already seen a bear or two, but nothing I could really photograph. So, I was pretty happy to stumble upon this little group.

When I arrived, the sow, (henceforth “Momma Bear”) was crossing the street. The cubs were safely up a nearby tree and she was busy feeding out in the field. Of course, when bears feed it’s tough to get a shot. They aren’t posing and you can wait 10 or 15 minutes between VERY fleeting opportunities.

Fortunately, I had my eye to the viewfinder when Momma Bear decided to look around. I quickly popped off as many shots as I could at 10 frames a second, hoping to get something cool. Little did I know at the time that she had – very briefly – opened her mouth! (The camera blacks out during the actual exposure, and at 10FPS it’s sometimes hard to know for sure what you have). It was only open for 2 of 10 frames that second, but I LOVE the look!

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3 Responses to Mamma Bear

  1. robin says:

    Your work is always amazing I love telling everyone about your web site and the stories that go with it
    I look forward to the next month i did not get to see July cause i lost my dad it was a very hard and crazy but seeing it now made up for it
    I am glad I signed up for your emails to remind me cause I did forget
    Thanks for all the love and the dedication of work you do in your photos

  2. Patricia Whitlow says:

    I love your pictures. Wish I had gotten interested when I was younger and could get around. Keep them coming and enjoy our wonderful and beautiful planet.

  3. Al W. Reed says:

    Great shot! You are fortunate that she didn’t open her mouth to taste a human limb!

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