In a very intimate scene, this mother bear lays back to nurse her spring cubs.  I feel very privileged to not only have been witness to this nursing, but to capture it on camera as well.  While photographing female bears with cubs, I saw nursings on two other occasions, but both were at a much greater distance and had the momma bear laying flat on her back. 

On this occasion, the momma bear laid back against a bank loaded with wildflowers (purple lupine) and put her feet together for nursing.

WOW!  What a scene!!

Taken at Silver Salmon Creek, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

                 All Images Copyright Marshall R. Mahler Photography 2002-2017

“A Mother’s Touch”