Some Bears :)

by Gary Luker November. 15, 2019 315 views

After a trip to Yellowstone Park to photograph all the magnificent wildlife there, I still needed some Bear and Wolf photos to add to my "catalog" of American wildlife. I found the ideal place for Bear viewing in British Columbia, Canada. We booked a week at a wonderful lodge in Bear country about 300 miles north of Vancouver, BC. The lodge is located in the huge Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Great Bear Rain Forest,,a beautiful rugged place perfect for Bears. Every year in Fall, the Salmon run on the rivers in the area attracts the Bears from the mountains down to feed on the Salmon and fatten up in preparation for their long Winter naps. And that is the time for viewing and photographing Bears. I will have to present these photos in about 4 segments..Let's go..

My best pictures were taken from a drift boat as we drifted through and past the Bears, sometimes getting uncomfortably close :)

Here is an example of the spawning Salmon the Bears were feeding on.

The Bears would come into the river to snatch the fish and either munch on them there or carry them onto the shore.

Overlooking the feast were others, like this Golden Eagle, waiting their turn at the leftovers.

We viewed This young Grizzly from a distance and he put on quite a show,,funny show,,romping through the river trying to snag a Salmon which were all around him, but he was apparently still in training ! He finally did get the prize as shown.

So this was a wonderful opportunity to photograph these 300 pound beauties along and in the Salmon-filled rivers and allowing us to pass among them..more to come.

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Fernando Bourgon 6 months, 1 week ago

#1I hope you weren't too close smile . What envy you give me to enjoy those moments. In Spain it is very difficult to have encounters with bears in freedom. They have been hunted a lot and are very suspicious.

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Gary Luker Replied to Fernando Bourgon 6 months, 1 week ago

A telephoto lens helps a lot, Fernando grinning But we did get quite close at sets of photos may show that.  It really is exhilarating to be around these 300 pound beasts knowing that they can quickly destroy you if they want to. And, as the guides reminded us, you cannot outrun these big bears...even an Olympic runner cannot outrun them ! and if you can climb a tree, they can climb the tree what to do ?  after a quick prayer,,you talk to the bear, calmly and without movement. The idea is to show them you are not a threat. The guides all had some stories of bear encounters. One fellow told us how a bear confronted him on a remote trail and he said he calmly told that bear all the jokes he could think of ! smile

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Benny Law 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating! Must have been quite an experience. Looking forward to your next post.

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Gary Luker Replied to Benny Law 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Benny,,,and yes more to come. I'm sorting through a lot of photos grinning

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Russell Smith 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Great photos and it sounds like it was a great experience :)

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Gary Luker Replied to Russell Smith 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, it was great..I'm ready to go back !

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Tsao T-F 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Good shoots!

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Gary Luker Replied to Tsao T-F 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you..

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Sherry Hill 6 months, 2 weeks ago

these are incredible photos.. what an experience, from the bears to the salmon to the eagle.. i'd be so in awe of it all.. beautiful!

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Gary Luker Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Well you sum it up pretty well Sherry..It was an incredible experience ! so awesome to be that close to these huge bears.  I learned a lot from our guides about the Bears.  They speak about them as we would speak about Raccoons in our back yard :) As you'll see in subsequent photos, we encountered a big brute of a bear while on a hiking trail in a remote area. Our guide was a "Bear" expert and she was intent on us having the experience of a close encounter, which means stepping aside and letting a Bear pass us by !! It was amazing (scary), but she was completely at ease as she talked to the bear and told us to stay very still...but the Bear ignored us and disappeared into the woods. grinning Whew...

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Sherry Hill Replied to Gary Luker 6 months, 2 weeks ago

wow.. i can't wait to see more photos and read the stories you have.. i know what you mean about growing accustomed, but not complacent with your wildlife.. i've been close to bears [black bears] but never seen one in the wild.. grizzlys just grab my attention tho.. so massive..

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