Is Mom OK? by Owed to Nature

Ursus maritimus, Cape Churchill, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
50% of profits from sales of my Cape Churchill images is donated to Polar Bears International.

Polar bears are dedicated mothers. They need to be. Odds are against all young wild animals. And the challenges her cubs face are growing each day, with each (imperceptible to us, yet) escalating change in the climate.
But kids have a way of transcending the problems of the world… Oh how I laughed at the moment I came upon this image while reviewing my shots of this family… Apparently parenthood gets to even the most dedicated mother. But this polar bear Mom shows she knows how to kick back, lovingly tell her kids they’re making her crazy and make them wonder “Uh-oh! Is Mom OK?”

I get quite a kick out this photo. It reminds me why I love photography, the magic of a moment frozen in time, a moment so special you need the blink of a shutter to see it…
Captured by: Canon EOS Digital Rebel (the original!)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens

Featured by the groups
Bears of the World December 31 2010
You Big Softy March 24 2012

’SDuring an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Janice!

    – Owed to Nature

  • steppeland
    steppelandover 4 years ago

    [chucle] looks like she’s drunk here lol – just LOVE your polar bears shots, my friend – but, what else is new ;)

  • Awww, THANK YOU so much! I know it was pure luck that I “clicked” when I did and caught this fleeting moment when both Mom and cub were acting a bit drunk! ;-) I love the pure fun, exhilaration and truth I get from wild creatures and wild places. So gratifying to know that my images might be able to capture and pass on some of their spirit and magic… Heartfelt thanks to you my friend!

    – Owed to Nature

  • VanillaDolphin
    VanillaDolphinover 4 years ago

    This is a very beautiful picture! An instant fav!

  • Thank you very much. It’s beautiful at Cape Churchill. And the polar bears are magnificient, so, like you, I came back with lots of images (2,500+) as my souvenirs!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot, great composition and the lighting is fabulous! Wonderfully done.

  • Thanks. Though I feel the bears deserve all the credit for the composition. And that lighting… ah, I so wish I could turn it on at will. That’s totally a wonder of nature. I’m just lucky to get to the right place at the right time and have an active trigger finger for my camera. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 4 years ago

    This is just too cute. I would have loved to be able to see the polar bears and have a snap happy time. Great captures of these beauties!

  • Snappy happy is right when spending time with these wonderful creatures. The only thing that slows down your snapping is the race between your fingers and your camera battery to see which goes numb first. ;-) But each moment – especially the fun surprise ones like this – are more than enough to warm your heart and make you forget the cold. Thank you Jaclyn!

    – Owed to Nature

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsabout 4 years ago

    So cute! Excellent capture! Outstanding!

  • Thank you very much James!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Jacque for the honor and Feature! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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