Amazing bear photos by Dawn Brown of New Sharon

At the state of Maine sportsman’s show in Augusta, I was astonished to see the outstanding photos of Maine black bears by Dawn Brown of New Sharon. You’ve really got to check these out which you can do on her website HTTPS://BEARTODREAM.NET.

Dawn cares for bears at her home and is a real enthusiast for them. She is also a bear behavioral researcher. I have honestly never seen black bear photos as amazing as these. You can purchase these photos on Dawn’s website.

Here’s her explanation of what she does: “I have been caring for and observing Maine bears for near 2 decades. It is a dream come true, and oh how the bears continue to teach me throughout this amazing journey.  I have been so blessed to see their instinctive development, and key behavioral patterns that I have witnessed and documented over the years: single cubs, sibling units, and adopted siblings, and yearlings. Over the years I have indeed gained a better understanding of them. It is an honor to know  – that so few out there – will ever be able to see what I have – real time =  I am truly  more grateful than words will ever say.”

You have to be impressed with Dawn’s enthusiasm for black bears. In her own words, “I love photographing the very bears that I have cared for and observed over the years, and look forward to the continued journey, and though I am just getting going with selling/marketing my photographs, I do understand it takes time to get established.”

I encourage you to check out Dawn’s photos sometime soon, and help her get established!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.