Wildlife photography of a mother Coastal Brown Bear and her three cubs on the shore of Hallo Bay in Alaska’s Katmai National Park

A family of Coastal Brown Bears contentedly digs for clams on a breezy spring beach of Katmai National Park’s Hallo Bay. Until the great Alaskan salmon runs begin in late June, the Coastal Brown recover from winter hibernation by eating sedge grass and clams. When the Salmon arrive from the sea and surge up the rivers to their ancestral spawning grounds, the bears abandon digging and browsing to gorge on them, rapidly building fat reserves for the long, dark Alaskan winter to come.