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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