Photography Lessons – Patience and Persistence

I’ve learned a lot of photography lessons this summer.  The first two are patience and persistence.  These occurred many times on my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in mid-June with Ocean Adventures. The most memorable one was when we were on the zodiac for six hours one afternoon. We had a very hearty lunch (I think Trish knew it could be a long afternoon on the zodiac) and started cruising around the inlet to see what we could see, hoping to spot a couple of grizzlies we’d photographed the previous day.

1pm - cruising around the inlet

1pm – cruising around the inlet

We continued on for about three and half hours, just enjoying the scenery, and every once in awhile we (there were seven of us on the zodiac that day) stopped the motor on the boat and just floated and listened to the birds. It was very peaceful.  Eventually we spotted one of the grizzlies!

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Now, our Eric, our guide, was determined that we could find one (or maybe both) of the grizzlies again before going back to the boat for supper.  We continued our tour of the inlet, watching an eagle try to swoop down on a Merganser Duck chick (it was eventually successful), while being very quiet and moving very slowly so as not to disturb any bears that may be in the vicinity.  Eric’s persistence paid off, and at 6:30 we came upon the same grizzly…

grizzly checking us out

Patience and persistence pays off at 6:30pm.

We spent about half an hour watching the grizzly with Eric expertly maneuvering the zodiac so everyone could get the photograph they wanted.  Sometimes I would put my camera down and just watch the bear. grizzly looking at us

grizzly eating grizzly eating grass - bum shot grizzly in the grass At about 7pm we headed back to the boat for supper (and maybe more importantly, a much needed bathroom break!).

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

It was a memorable day and the lessons that patience and persistence pay off is one I remember now when I’m trying to get certain shots (I spent about an hour photographing the sunflowers in my previous post).

Fuzzy the Young Grizzly

This is Part 3 of my adventures in the Great Bear Rainforest.

We spent two nights at our first anchorage. This was one of the views…

beautiful spot to anchor - taken from the zodiac as we go looking for bears.

We found Fuzzy the three year old Grizzly Trish and Eric have been following since he was a wee cub (Fuzzy is the name they’ve given him).  He’s now weaned from his mother and is left to fend for himself (although we found his Mom in the estuary in the same inlet – pics to follow in a later post). Bears are protected from hunting in this particular inlet so they are not quite so skittish around people. Fuzzy seemed perfectly aware and content with our presence.  So, I felt comfortable, too. Trish and Eric have been visiting this inlet for many years and I’m sure the bears sense that they are a non-threatening presence.  It was a very unique experience to be able to not only have time to take pictures, but also to just stop and watch a bear in its natural environment.

Fuzzy is a little fuzzy here..but he's a beauty

Fuzzy is a little fuzzy here..but he’s a beauty

Fuzzy near the shore

Fuzzy near the shore

Fuzzy from the side

Fuzzy from the side

Perspective from the zodiac

Perspective from the zodiac

“If You Go Out In the Woods Today”

I am terrified and fascinated by bears.  If I sleep in a tent at a campground where there could be bears (and it’s been a few years since I’ve slept in a tent), I don’t sleep until the sun comes up.  I hear every noise – every squirrel scurrying up a tree, every coyote howling way off in the distance miles away (but it sounds like it’s right outside my tent!), the pine trees rustling in the wind.  I hear it all.  But even though my heart was pounding for hours on end and I only slept a few hours at most, I sort of loved it!

On this trip to Jasper, I camped with my parents in their trailer, and I slept well every night! We did a lot of day trips and spotted bears four separate times.  I was able to take pictures three of the four times.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen bears so close and it was one of the highlights of the trip for me.

Eating buffalo berries on the side of the road

mmm…buffalo berries

staying close to Momma

Digging for food

Check out that claw!

There is a bear in the woods today