Spirit salmon memories by Owed to Nature

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In honor of Earth Day… a portrait of my favorite salmon fisherman.

In the remote rain forest of British Columbia, western Canada,
people of the First Nations speak of Spirit Bear.
They believe Raven, the Creator, made one of every ten Black Bears
White to remind us of when the world was pure, clean and covered with snow.

White leucistic (Ursus americanus kermodei) and North American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Gribbell Island, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada

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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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  • Poete100
    Poete100about 2 years ago

    Ooo oo…he is a cutie……

  • I have to agree Lorraine. I know he’s a majestic creature, the stuff of legends, but I too find him quite the cutie… Bears – especially white ones, showing their best side like this guy – have the cutest bums! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you so very much Larry! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    what a great looking Bear, interesting words too xx

  • How kind and generous of you to say Lynn. So pleased to know you enjoy my image and also my description. Thank you so very much my Friend!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    22 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you Konstantinos!

    – Owed to Nature

  • vadim19
    vadim19about 2 years ago

    excellent work!

  • Thank you Vadim for wonderful comments and fave! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 2 years ago
    Excellent capture! If I had one wish, it would be to undo the harm that has been done by people to our most prized possessions.
  • What wonderful words. If only more would wish as you do, we would make that wish come true. Thank You Deb. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...about 2 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC

  • Thank you Sheri. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Monica for the lovely honor! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE Features April 24th,2012

    This work is eligible to enter in our Featured Work April 2012 Challenge
    Good Luck

  • Thank You Evita! Been traveling so missed the Challenge deadline. But your Feature is a prize and a treat all the same. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    This marvelous work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    This image now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Thank You Konstantinos! Been traveling through the US Desert West for the past month where internet access has been practically non-existant. Great to come back to find to your Feature. As I get settled, I’ll be adding new photos which I hope you’ll enjoy too. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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