Slowly making my way home but thought I would post some pics of our home for the trip as well as some of the people and gear...
The Ocean Light II which was our base for the trip. We used the zodiac for runs to shore and also as a shooting platform for some of our time spent with the grizzlies.
People and their gear...
We always hear people talk about how rough one can be with cameras... this is by no means too rough but as you can see in the following pic there are several bodies laying on the log. At least 6 times while sitting on this log cameras were knocked off the log and on to the ground.. not a long fall but the grass was wet and the ground was covered with water puddles, rocks and mud. Just an average day for camera abuse out here.
This is Steve, an engineer from Alberta and a semi-pro photographer who loves bears and the wilderness. If you are ever in Banff chances are you will see some of his photo prints for sale in the local shops. I took this pic cause Steve is a towering man but as gentle as a giant. He kinda looks like a cuddled up bear here but as always, his camera is ready and close by.
Mike and Toukie, again... I don't pretend to know how to photograph people
Brian Faulkner, one of the men instrumental in the development of the Great Bear Rain Forest... the fight for its protection continues and Brian is still at the forefront with Ian.
Tom, our captain, and Brian on board Brian's boat Achiever. National Geographic shot an amazing show on this region called "Last Stand of the Great Bear". Brian and his boat played a large part in the making of this film.
Getting out while the getting is good. As mentioned we were stuck on the boat for an extra 2 days due to weather so when we had the slightest break we got out. This was one of 2 planes sent to get us.
Some eagles... as always eagles are abundant on the west coast... here are a few shots only. These first 2 were shot at 3200 ISO but I think they set the right "feel" for a temperate rain forest on a gloomy fall day.
And a few of the salmon run. Keep in mind this was a bear outing with a little time spent on whales as well. Any other wildlife is a bonus but we didn't always stop for it. The run was a perfect example. Although there would have been some amazing shots taken of the salmon run these shots would have come from prime bear feeding pools. We didn't get close to them however as we may have cut off paths to the pool for bears and would have stopped bears from coming to the pools so instead we waited a ways off for the bears to approach the pools. With this in mind salmon shots were a bonus.
Pacific salmon, unlike Atlantic salmon, only spawn once and then die right after. By doing so they replenish the forest with vital nitrogen from thier decaying bodies. It is now known that this nitrogen, collected while spending years feeding in the ocean, boost to the trees lining the creeks and rivers plays a vital part in the health and growth rate of not only the animals but also the trees and other plants. A fitting end to such an important species.
Next up will be random animals and birds from the trip and after that I will post bears and whales.
Canon 7D + 50D + EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM + EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Pelican // Black Rapid // Think Tank // Manfrotto // Garmin
Reflections On Canadian Wildlife