BABY BEAR PICTURES
Bears like in our cute bear images have always played a massive role in our culture. Our affinity with the wide-eyed honey guzzling cartoon led many of us to have their miniature stuffed versions by our bedsides all through our childhoods. The term ‘bear hug’ for us means a generous and tight embrace, though most of us would shudder at the idea of a bear actually hugging us. From the threatening grizzly bears to the mysterious polar bears, we have inculcated bears in pretty much every aspect of our day to day lives. My trip to the Alaskan wilderness had a similar purpose. I wanted to capture bear photos for my contemporary art prints. I never thought I would get to photograph baby bear pictures and also the interaction with their mother as well.
THE BIG BROWN BEAR
With my mission of photographing bear photos, I did some research on the species that would help me understand their behavior. The Kodiak bear, also known as the Alaskan brown bear, are residents of the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in southwest Alaska. Recognized as the largest subspecies of the brown bear, they are one of the two largest bears alive today. The polar bear is the other. Omnivorous in nature, the Kodiak bears feed on berries, plant roots and shoots, small mammals, fish, calves of many hoofed animals, and also carrion.
Every spring, bears as seen in our grizzly bear picture mark the boundary of their territory by scratching bark, rubbing trees, or even biting large pieces from the trunks of trees. As autumn arrives, the bears accumulate large amounts of fat to prepare for their hibernation during the winter months.
Cubs are usually born around this period after 6 to 9 months of gestation.
With my camera equipment rearing to go, I was all set to take bear photos for my contemporary art prints. It was around 4 pm and the afternoon sun glistened on the turquoise water, sending out pearl-sized bursts of light in all directions. On the grassland that sat neck to neck with this water body. Two bear cubs made the most of their playtime. Visible only from time to time in the grass that was almost as tall as them. They tossed and tumbled over one another. Their playtime was interrupted ever so often by the cautious glance of their mother. She was relaxing only a few feet away. With the risk of not moving too close, I continued to photograph the baby bear pictures.
Raising two young cubs in the Alaskan wilderness is a grave challenge for a mother bear when it comes to feeding as well as protecting her children. Male bears are a constant threat and can kill the cubs if the mother is not vigilant. During mating season, male bears try to mate with every female bear they come along, in an attempt to pass on their DNA. This is dangerous for a mother with cubs, as she cannot reproduce while she is still nursing the previous litter. This is why male bears often kill young ones. Forcing the female bear to stop lactating and shift back into reproduction mode.
A MOTHER’S INSTINCTS
Everything around was silent, except for the sound of my shutter. And of course, the occasional grunt of the mother bear herself. I was getting the most adorable baby bear pictures while the cubs were busy playing. Suddenly, the mother jumped up on her hind legs and began to scan the horizon. She looked fierce and incredibly alert. She must have heard or picked up the scent of a male bear lurking around. I was too close to the mother to get her into the frame. However, I took this baby bear picture instead. The little one now stood on its hind legs, mimicking his mother. I was surprised by his intelligence.
Right after I captured this picture, the family fled to safety. I held my ground, curious about the danger that caused the mother to turn tail. After precisely five minutes of waiting, I saw him. A big brown bear lumbering his way through the grass, heading right towards where the family had previously been. I was left amazed by their ability to sense danger at such a large distance.
BABY BEAR PICTURES FOR HOME DECOR
• 8” x 12” in
• 17.5” x 26.25” in
• 23.5” x 35.25” in
• 35.5” x 53.25” in
• 43.5” x 65.25” in
• Black Frame
• White Frame