A few shots from my trip to Bella Coola to photograph Grizzlies. These guys were 2 of 3 two year old cubs and there was a little sibling rivalry over the dead fish. The salmon run in the Atnarko River was almost over this year compared with 2017 when the rangers estimated there were 1 million fish consisting of all 5 salmon species. The salmon runs do vary from year to year. I also included a shot of an old cabin in the Bella Coola Valley, A Haida Nation totem and a shot from up on the Chilcotin Plateau in all its blazing autumn colour. Some of the bear shots were taken from the raft where were allowed to use tripods as mono pods.
A fascinating series of photos - and in combination with the interesting note an exemplary contribution here on PF. Once again! The well chosen main photo shows a little story of jealousy - with no bigger harm. All the other photos are worth seeing and the two landscape pictures simply are gorgeous and inviting. What a wonderful and obviously unspoilt nature!
Greetings from sunny and rather cool Germany!
What a wonderful series! I had no idea that there were Grizzly photo tours in Bella Coola. Did you take the ferry? I would be unable to choose a favorite although the chase scene is one of the most active and the only one that shows a fish. The bear peaking through the fall colors has great color contrast and he seems to be looking right at you. #3 has such an air of hopeful anticipation that it makes this fellow seem charming. The mossy cabin is greatly enhanced by the mountains with their dark clouds. The bear peering at the water is clearly on the hunt. The single bright-eyed fellow peering over his sleeping companions really makes the shot special. #7 reminds us that these fellows are not cuddly. The Autumn color is the best posted this year, it would be a favorite for me all by itself, as would most of the other shots. The last image shows the bear in excellent close-up detail. The totem is perfectly framed and one of the most unique totems I have seen. Is is new? We didn't see it when we took the freedom road to Bella Coola....and then happily took the ferry out. we were clearly unready to face that road again. It has been wonderful seeing your work again. HLJ, Pat
Dyerco (2019/12/08 20:55:28): Hi Pat
We drove up to Bella Coola over two days. We stayed in Williams Lake and drove west on Highway 20 the second day. It did allow us some time to stop for photos along the way. Thanks for your kind comments. The raft trips that we took were based in Hagensborg about half way between Bella Coola and the 20 mile hill in Tweedsmuir Park. There are also rafting trips if you stay at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge but the cost is quite a bit higher. Each rafting trip cost $175 Cdn. plus GST of 5% and they last about 2-3 hours. Morning tours are generally the best.
Awesome series, it is such an incredible experience to see them in the wild, especially when they congregated at the river during the salmon run season. It is hard to predict when the peak will be. Each year is different and we can only be there for a few day and you have to plan it way ahead of time....
We were pretty lucky we have seen many when we were in Alaska, both grizzlies and black bears...
Absolutely great series. The #8 should deserve a pano version for sure. All the pictures with the bears are also fascinating.
A bit dangerous no ?
Dyerco (2019/12/08 20:57:33): I did try a pano but I guess my megapixel count was too high because it threw me out and I thought I had lost the whole post. When I went back to gallery the images were there minus the pano.
What an impressive series. Very often they look so "cute" but in some of the images I rather stay away from these guys as far as possible. Especially in the photos 6 and 7 I get goose bumps. No teddy bears - haha.