An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
– Martin Buber
I’m not a vegetarian. I like crispy bacon and juicy steaks and bison burgers and chicken fajitas, and I’m not opposed to people who hunt in order to have meat in their freezer, but I am strongly opposed to hunting for sport. When I went on my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia in June 2013 with Trish and Eric of Ocean Adventures (http://www.oceanadventures.bc.ca/), we anchored in inlets where hunting was not allowed. We watched bears from a respectful distance (from the safety of the zodiac), and I was amazed just how calm and peaceful they were with seven people documenting their every move. We had the privilege of witnessing a wild animal in its own habitat far off the beaten path. To take pictures and have mementos of these amazing, living breathing animals seems so much more satisfying than hunting for sport. (I still am deathly afraid of running into a bear while camping or walking in the woods, though!!!).
It’s been exactly two years since the trip. It was on this trip that I really started to pay attention (and learned the lesson of patience) when taking pictures of animals. (I do take pictures of people, I just don’t post them here!) Anyway, here are a few more pictures from the Great Bear Rainforest – someday I’d like to go back!