Spirit of the Great Bear Rainforest by Owed to Nature

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In a mist of rain along the western shores of Canada’s British Columbia, a Spirit lives in deep forest. A land so remote there are no roads, no runways, no railroad tracks. The only way to get there is with a boat small enough to hug the narrow passages inside the Inside Passage and sail 2 days north of the similarly isolated town of Bella Bella.

This area, called The Wildest Place in North America – Land of the Spirit Bear by National Geographic, is The Great Bear Rainforest. This is where First Nations’ legend speaks of how Raven the Creator turned one of every ten black bears white to remind Man of when the world was peaceful and pristine, covered with ice and snow. This is what the Gitga’at have known to protect with silence. By only speaking of “mooksgm’ol”, no word of a white bear reached beyond the Gitga’at and neighboring bands for centuries. But today, not only is their secret out but it is threatened by a Pipeline Through Paradise.

So now, we speak of Mooksgm’ol and hope. Hope that by sharing his legend, we can protect this remarkable wilderness. Hope that pieces of Earth can endure peacefully and unspoilt. Hope that we maybe so lucky to one day gaze into thick forest and see his Spirit emerge.

Leucistic black bear or Kermode Bear, Ursus americanus kermodei
Gribbell Island, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 75mm, ISO 400, Exposure 1/100 sec at f/5.0

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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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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    How sad xx

  • Yes, it tugs at my heart thinking how callously people still feel the Earth must be used to be worth anything. Sailing to this area was a supreme privilege, seeing this bear the ultimate honor. It’s incomprehensible to me how it’s very existence can be reduced to a set of numbers on someone’s risk assessment report… Thank You Lynn for your support.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 2 years ago

    What a very good post my friend…I certainly hope they won’t go ahead with the Pipeline…I’m so sick of this world of men trying to destroy every thing of beauty and nature,’s all about greed and destruction…They just don’t want to leave anything untouched…it angers me so much …I’m all for preservations…Great image you have capture here!!!

  • Thank you Lorraine. As much as I’m filled with wonder and awe by the unparalleled majesty of wildness, I’m overcome by how unthinking, self-centered and destructive most humans are. If people would only devote a fraction of the money, time, energy and interest they put into “Virtual reality” into ACTUAL reality, we wouldn’t have such dire problems. So ridiculous for supposedly intelligent creatures…

    – Owed to Nature

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 2 years ago

    Hold that hope…. This is a beauty, Sylvia, & as compelling an argument as I’ve seen. Looks like a watercolor.

  • Thank you so very much Sheila. Hope is a wonderful thing. Change would be spectacular! Love your observation as everything in the Great Bear Rainforest is truly created and colored by the nature of water. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithabout 2 years ago

    Wow !!! I heard about the Spirit Bear many times…Awesome capture!!!

  • I’m happy I can say he lives in forest as well as in the lore of First Nation legend. Every time I see his image, I’m still amazed at my luck to meet him in person. Thank you so much for your welcome and lovely comments. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    I think man’s greed will be there undoing, once destroyed will never be put right again , it’s the same all over the world, rain forest being destroyed etc , lets hope and pray man will come to their senses before it’s too late xx

  • Well said Lynn. Fingers crossed there will be more voices like yours to turn things around, as you say, before it’s too late. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Very nice capture Sylvia

  • Thank you so much for your welcome, comments and fave Larry!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on a well deserved feature,

  • Great Thanks and appreciation for featuring this image Robert. In so many ways its special for me so this honor makes it even more so… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your two features my friend….

  • Oh thank you Lorraine. Especially with Earth Day just a week away, it’s even for special. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Marie-Eve Boisclair
    Marie-Eve Bois...about 2 years ago

  • What an absolute thrill and honor Marie-Eve! I can’t thank you enough. Especially as Earth Day draws near, this magical creature tugs even harder at my heart and memory. Getting to share his story, his legend and his image is truly a gift and privilege. Thank you so very much. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • ╰⊰✿ℒᵒᶹᵉ Bonita✿⊱╮ Lalonde✿⊱╮

    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ ˚ .ღ 。
    ˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…just sprinkling a little Love on your page. ~♥~˚ ✰* ★
    / \ ˚. ★ ˛ ˚♥ ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღWonderful precious picture it is so very sad how man is destroying animals territory for the sake of greed and lining there pockets with fool mans money. i agree with Poete in what she has written why can they not let the animals be they have done so much in this world even our waters polluted ect ect..i watched a show tonight with people who save animals ect from being killed relocating them ect..and there were this big size turtle they pulled out of the water all tumors on him from infected water from garbage waste,poisons ect ect..they operated and got tumors off and released him somewhere else the turtle..They had relocated alot of animals was sad even to see the monkeys kept in captivity for using them to do tricks cheating them out of a healty life they would take them and try to rehabilate them but some it was too late..All this sadness me even for this precious bear aw hugs.He is precious and this truely is a wonderful capture Beautiful and precious this bear is aw hugs..i wish people would stop destroying mother earth and the animals they affect by there own greed i wish i could reverse the role and see how man would feel ref his home being destroyed its so so sad…Wonderful picture and capture wonderful write up..I pray for the animals to be safe and to preserve our Rainforest for all animals to be safe..Wonderful colour and framing precious..hugs.

  • Oh Bonita, Thank you so very much for your kind, generous and caring comments. I wish more people felt the compassion and thoughtfulness that you do. It doesn’t make any sense not to. After all, it is not somebody else’s Planet Earth we may destroy. Everyone and everything needs the land, sea, air and a place to call home and for all, that home is this singular planet we share and call Earth. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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