At this time last year, I was anticipating my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in northern BC.  I had lots of conflicting thoughts – did I make the right decision in choosing this trip to celebrate a momentous birthday?  I wanted to do something outside my comfort zone, but at the same time, why didn’t I just choose to lay on a beach somewhere?  I’ve never slept on a boat, heck I’d never been on a boat for more than a few hours at a time, why did I think I’d like to spend a week on a small boat with five people I’ve never met before?  There was gear to be bought, had to get a tetanus shot, and plan how to deal with my diabetes. More than once I thought should I really do this?  But by then the trip was paid for, flights were booked to Prince Rupert, and the excitement of doing something different and going somewhere off the beaten path outweighed the fear and doubt.  I had a churning, upset stomach the morning we got on the float plane to meet the boat in a tiny aboriginal fishing village called Hartley Bay (of course, being on the float plane and hitting pockets of air, did nothing to quell the butterflies in my stomach!) But, once we met our hosts, got settled on the boat, and were off on our adventure starting down the Douglas Channel it really was amazing and it really was everything I’d hoped it would be.

Scenes like this, the calm water, and the reflections of the forests of trees and snow-capped mountains, were well worth the doubt and the anxiety before the trip!

entering anchorage in the Great Bear Rainforest

Taking A Moment

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
― Henry Miller

great bear rainforest taking a moment 2 Great Bear Rainforest taking a moment

These are two of my favourite pictures from my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest last June. I’ve posted them before, but these jumped out at me again when I was looking through my photo library.  We spent a lot of time at this waterfall in an inlet that was difficult to get to which made it an even more special place.  We really had the time to stop, put our cameras down, and just drink in all the scenery around us.  Sometimes when I’m taking pictures I have to remind myself to do that.  Sure it’s great to have photographs marking a moment in time or reminding you of places you’ve been, but to stop and look around and remember how you felt when you were in that moment in time or in that place, is part of the experience, too.