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Native First Nations legend tells of a time 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.

That is the Legend of Spirit Bear. And this legend lives on…

Along the remote coast of British Columbia in western Canada there 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 ancient legend to fish secluded streams and call these special forests home. To many he’s known as Kermode Bear. But I prefer his ancestral Tsimshian name, mooksgm’ol. He is, undoubtedly, The Spirit Bear.

August 2011 footnote 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
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens

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’SDuring 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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  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Spectacular image! I love how you framed him and included a necessary part of hi habitat. A remarkable photo and a pure delight to see.

  • Thank you so much Lee-Anne. I am truly overwhelmed by your kindness and support. We only had a few minutes to spend with this remarkable creature and in that time, I took 100’s of pictures. Luckily some were even in focus and framed OK! ;-) We were lucky enough to go back a 2nd day to look for him – the rest of the group chose to do something different. But since it was just us, our guide brought us down to the stream’s edge so we could see this guy again, at eye level. But when he passed, I couldn’t take his picture… he was too close for my zoom to focus! So glad you enjoy his picture and allow me to share my memories of him.

    – Owed to Nature

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    What a great shot

  • Thank you Trudi. So glad you like him. Hope you got a chance to read my description. He’s a magical creature who deserves all the credit for making this a successful shot. (I just love the way he’s raised his front paw in anticipation of what lurks below…)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful capture Sylvia, when I visited Alaska I hoped for shots like this one,…no success ;))

  • Hello Jan. Thank you so much for your kind and flattering comments. I was overjoyed just to see him; stunned that he graced us with a few poses as he worked his way downstream. That’s why I don’t completely agree with the saying that a photographer doesn’t “take” a picture, he “makes” it. With wildlife, I feel they make, break and control photographic opportunity. But then, just more reason to keep going out there, to get to know them better and keep exploring, right! Hope you get to go back. And if you do, try to get to Gribbell Island in British Columbia. You won’t be disappointed.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 4 years ago

    A wonderful, enthralling capture and legend Sylvia…He is magnificent..!!!

  • Thank you Meg. Yes, he is magnificient creature. And I love the legend of the Spirit Bear. So glad to hear from you and know that you do too!

    – Owed to Nature

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Awww, thank you so much Joycee. He’s a special creature. I was thrilled to capture is his image and so happy to share it!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Cecily McCarthy
    Cecily McCarthyover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Lucky You!!

  • I couldn’t agree more on my great fortune to see this magical being. As for the capture, I’m grateful and flattered by your kind words and comment. Thank you Cecily!

    – Owed to Nature

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture!

  • Well, Hello and Thank You very much Gingermegs!

    – Owed to Nature

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Great capture of this very special bear, I’m proud to share the same rainforest and it’s always a wonderful treat to see one.

  • Thank you so much Pam. I am so envious… you live in a magical land. Who knew wet could be so incredibly beautiful! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • teresa731
    teresa731over 4 years ago

    Awesome capture.. how blessed you are to have such an opportunity to photograph such an amazing animal!!

  • Thank you Teresa. Yes, each creature, memory and precious lucky image of them is truly a gift to cherish. And share! So glad you enjoy him too.

    – Owed to Nature

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Super viewing – Superb Work !…..Tony

  • Oh thank you Tony! So glad you enjoy and very much appreciate your kind words.

    – Owed to Nature

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