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Under heavy rain with a Grizzly

Swimming in the rain - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I am traveling back from Prince Rupert right now after my trip into the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary.  We were in there for four nights and had an amazing time.  My high hopes were exceeded in every respect and I will have a lot more to share once I’m back home and can work through the images.  This beautiful bear is called Blondie due to her colouring as a cub and the stray tufts that remain behind her ears now that she’s an adult.  She mated for this first time this year so cubs are expected next year.  We were able to watch her on a few separate occasions and she was a favourite amongst us.  She’s a bit of a wild one  but on this day she was cowed by the weather, as were we.  The rain fell hard early, kept going strong all day and stayed late.  We spied her walking along the exposed rock during low tide.  She headed towards the estuary and our guide, Dan, who has been taking people into the Khutzeymateen for the last 35 years, got us into the zodiac boat and we paralleled her travels for over a mile.  This was one of two times where she elected to swim past a steep section of rock.  With the raindrops bouncing off the water, the image gives a feeling of the inlet on that wet day.

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17 responses

  1. Pingback: A Grizzly on the move | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Can we all talk about how perfect this picture is?

    August 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    • Thank you Sarah. It was a magical place – the rain dancing on ocean was a wonderful bit of luck.

      August 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

  3. love this shot…look forward to the stories and photos to come.

    August 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    • Thank you Jane. I should have a few more stories out over the next week or so.

      August 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

  4. What a precious shot … can hardly wait to see the rest of them.

    August 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  5. I have looked at a lot of bear photos and I’ve never seen anything like this. Beautiful. That must be just an amazing place.

    August 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    • Thank you Lyle. You would love it there. I’ve never been to a place where bears can be watched for long periods undisturbed (both them and me).

      August 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

  6. Wow! I just love unexpected shots of wild animals, that are not just perfectly posed glowing locks and cover girl looks! This is an amazing photo that captures an animal that is often feared, looking a little vulnerable and cold, just surviving in a natural setting. The surface of the water is really unusual in this frame as well, rough and dirty like her fur, I love it!

    August 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    • Thank you for commenting Anna. I’m glad you enjoyed this image. Have a great day.

      August 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

  7. Amazing capture!

    August 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  8. Can’t wait to see all your photos. What a wonderful experience.

    August 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    • It really was. One of the best wildlife experiences with each encounter I had there.

      August 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

  9. I love bears. I love this photo too:)

    August 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

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