Along the remote coast of British Columbia in western Canada lies the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest areas of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world. It’s here that a mysterious black bear (Ursus americanus kermodei) walks out of Native legend to call these special forests home. Legend says when Earth was covered in ice, Raven the Creator changed the land to a beautiful green. But to remind us of when Earth was pure, clean and covered with snow and ice, Raven went among the black bear and turned every tenth bear white.
This is Spirit Bear. And if you don’t head the lesson of his legend, well, this proud Spirit will blow you a raspberry and say “Hey, no messing with my rainforest!”.
I encourage you to read National Geographic Magazine’s August issue which has two feature articles on this grand creature and his land. First is the cover story The Wildest Place in North America – Land of the Spirit Bear. Second story educates us about threats to his habitat in Pipeline Through Paradise.
Shot handheld using:
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 220mm, Exposure 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800