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Silhouette on black tip toes by Owed to Nature

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We were on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest of western British Columbia, Canada looking for “special” black bears (Ursus americanus). You see, Gribble is a special place where Spirit Bears live. Spirit Bear is the name given to 1 out of 10 Black Bears who have a recessive gene that causes them to have white instead of black fur.

So while we waited out those odds, a “regular” black furred bear emerged from the forest, followed the flowing water downstream and showed us his special grace and talent, balancing on slippery rocks on the tips of his toes.

Shot handheld using:
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens

Top Ten Winner in
Let Animals Stay Free Black Bears and Grizzlies December 2010
Challenge Accepted Balancing Act February 2012
Snaptacular Something Black April 20313

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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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Janice.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot.

  • Thank you Ann. Isn’t it fun to see big powerful creatures showing how delicate and thoughtful they can be? ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Janice!

    – Owed to Nature

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    You Entered A Challenge!
    Your Pet Made The Top 10

    “Let Animals Stay Free":

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

    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC =)

  • Totally my pleasure! Thank you Sheri! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! You are a TOP TEN challenge winner in the CHALLENGE ACCEPTED group!!
    As voted by your member peers, your submission was TOP TEN in the challenge!
    Don’t forget to go to our member chat and click watch topic to get notifications of what’s happening in our group!
    You can also go to message board

    Challenge: Balancing ACT

  • Many thanks Marcelle for such lovely news! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoabout 2 years ago

    Stunning image.

  • Many Thanks Carla! Good as this guy was on his toes, he needed to practice his fishing skills. Was great fun watching him, watching salmon swish by.

    – Owed to Nature

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 1 year ago

    Something Black Challenge – April 12, 2013!
    Click the banner to view the Challenge

  • Thank you DeeZ for this wonderful news! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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