Along the remote shores of British Columbia in western Canada lies the Great Bear Rainforest. This forest of trees and water is home to one of the largest concentrations of coastal brown bears (Ursus arctos horribilis). Also known as grizzlies, these coastal inhabitants grow much larger than their inland grizzly cousins who don’t have the bounty of the sea to fatten them up each year.

We visit in September, sailing out from Bella Bella to make our way up to Gribble Island. Along the way we pull into secluded inlets where we find bears busy splashing, swimming and diving for salmon. Fishing is second nature for these bears and a key source of high quality protein that attributes to coastal grizzlies growing larger than their inland cousins.

After a day of steady rain, the skies clear over Mussel Inlet, reflecting the brilliance of lush forest on the surface of clear water. The sun shines bright and it’s one of those days where you’re just happy to be alive. Well, maybe not exactly for this poor fellow who just looks soggy and not too happy about it either…

Shot handheld using: Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, Exposure 1/400 sec at f/7.1, ISO 500

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Bears of the world September 22 2010

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Wild Nature Photography Wet September 2010

During 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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  • jaffa
    jaffaover 4 years ago

    oh wow, what a shot and I so jealous. I would love to visit British Columbia.

  • I hope you get your wish Jaffa! And if you do, make sure you spend time on the water. Where roads end and wilderness takes over, find yourself a sailboat and explore the hidden coves and inlets where the only two-legged creature you’ll find is a curious bear standing up to “greet” you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous capture! We are going to BC in September this year, I’ve got to put this on our to see list!

  • I hope you make to the Great Bear Rainforest. Such beautiful unspoiled wilderness. You won’t be disappointed. September is when I went and found it to be a wonderful time of year there. Just don’t forget your rain gear… there’s a reason they call it a rainforest! Thank you for your wonderful comments Peter.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Very nice capture…love it

  • MANY Thanks Larry!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 3 years ago
    • Nicely done.
  • Thank you Bradley. Greatly appreciate and value your comments.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding this to Beautiful BC
    Great moment here!

  • My pleasure to join the group. Thank you for your wonderful comments!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture of this great looking bear. BC has so much beauty to be seen.

  • This was my first – and hopefully the first of many – trip to BC. You are so right. Truly beautiful country. Getting such wonderful comments from someone who knows that beauty from living it, your comments mean a lot. MANY heartfelt thanks for your words, fave and watch!

    – Owed to Nature

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