Waiting for the grizzlies

Khutzeymateen Inlet, British Columbia, Canada - June 2014

I’m heading up to Banff National Park tomorrow and the recent warm weather has me thinking about bears.  It’s far too early for them to wake up so I don’t expect to see any.  It did prompt me to look at the photographs from watching this mother Grizzly with her cub during a visit to the Khutzeymateen two years ago.  I can’t wait to see bears in both places starting later this spring.


2014 © Christopher Martin

2014 © Christopher Martin

Khutzeymateen Inlet, British Columbia, Canada - June 2014

A wary mother Grizzly checks for trouble further down the Khutzeymateen Valley

149 responses

  1. Farsil

    The last photo is very breath-taking ❤

    February 13, 2017 at 4:01 pm

  2. dwikipedia

    brother bear?

    December 24, 2016 at 4:37 pm

  3. Holy cow those are some intense photos! you got so close

    July 8, 2016 at 4:18 am

  4. Bears are amazing creature.. but don’t mess around, they would chase you till you run out of your breath and climb the three, even then, they would still be waiting for you to see if you would come down. By the way share my Link http://goo.gl/qdc3i4 with your followers, I have interesting blog waiting for you. Keep up good work.http://goo.gl/uBEx60

    April 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

  5. Pics r fantastic bro..

    March 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

  6. Beautiful!!

    March 19, 2016 at 11:23 am

  7. Sarah

    Beautiful 💖

    March 19, 2016 at 1:24 am

  8. Beautiful clicks Christopher

    March 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

  9. great shots. i like it.these photos make us remember nature

    March 18, 2016 at 9:51 am

  10. Nice Photos

    March 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  11. Beautiful photos, what amazing experiences you get photographing nature. Love it!

    March 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  12. Beautiful Post And Photos, Good For You

    March 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

  13. Beautiful Photos, I Like It

    March 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  14. Incredible shots!

    March 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  15. Beautiful Pictures ♡

    March 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  16. Very beautiful shots! It shows how beautiful nature can be! And by the way, please follow me and comment and like my posts! 🙂

    March 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

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  18. ojehomoncom

    Nice job

    March 12, 2016 at 3:19 am

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  20. Nice shots! The closest I’ve seen is a black bear.

    March 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm

  21. Bears! That is amazing!

    March 10, 2016 at 10:56 am

  22. Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing the beauty of our world and the creatures that inhabit it.
    I just subscribed today and I look forward to your posts

    March 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm

  23. wow beautiful pictures, i’m a big fan

    March 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  24. great photography, these photos are so amazing and interesting!

    March 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm

  25. Beautiful photographs! Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff!

    March 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

  26. great photos

    March 9, 2016 at 10:13 am

  27. Great shots. I only dream of be a wildlife photographer. With those nearly fill the frame shots, about how far away where you? What power of zoom where you using (including camera zoom multiplier)?

    March 9, 2016 at 7:35 am

    • Hi – at the closest I was ~25m away as I was on a small boat and my guide approached the Bears slowly from the water. I used a 500mm lens on a full frame dSLR camera.

      March 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

  28. alixrb

    Oh my gosh, these are beautiful!!

    March 7, 2016 at 5:11 am

  29. Wow, stunning pictures! I can imagine that you love to photograph them! I love the pictures. Not just the vivid colours and wonderful animals, but also the lines. Especially in the last picture. Great composition!

    Happy Monday and kind regards,

    March 7, 2016 at 12:04 am

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  31. Amazing photographs! 🙂

    March 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  32. Gente fiz um blog tudo sobre a vida de casada que tiver enteressado pode fazer perguntas ta

    March 4, 2016 at 6:48 am

  33. que bella es la naturaleza y lo que hábitat en ella ,cuidarla es nuestro trabajo lindas las fotografías.

    March 4, 2016 at 4:47 am

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  35. Oh great pictures especially capturing them midway through their chewing. THank you for sharing these.

    March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

  36. That looks like a cute teddy bear! 🙂

    March 3, 2016 at 10:26 pm

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  38. Amazing pictures! I always find it inspiring to see animals in their natural habitat. How long did you have to wait for these bears to show up? Did they react to you at all? Please check out my blog as well! http://www.simplybee.org

    March 3, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  39. wifeblah

    I will be terrified getting that close too close to them. Other than wonderful photos.

    March 3, 2016 at 2:06 pm

  40. Wow. Amazing Photos!

    March 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm

  41. Those are some amazing pics! How did you get so close?

    March 3, 2016 at 7:56 am

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  43. the cuteness! i think the bear is my boyfriend’s spirit animal lol. i might have to crochet a bear now. lol

    March 3, 2016 at 3:19 am

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    jes jej fil ar bjrnene

    March 3, 2016 at 12:58 am

  46. Wow absolutely breathtaking shots! Kind of reminds me of a real life version if the animation brother bear! Love it!

    March 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm

  47. Jenna

    So great! Thank you!

    March 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

  48. mountyboy

    Absolutely Awesome Photos,thank you for sharing

    March 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  49. kristenm

    Wow! I really love these pictures! Very beautiful!!!

    March 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  50. Love these pictures! I was in Banff a few years ago, just want to go back!

    March 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm

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    March 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

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  53. Just wonderful and interesting to learn how you got to photograph the bears. I have always wanted the opportunity to do so. These are fabulous shots – love bears and to see them beautifully portrayed in their natural environment is extra special. Thank you!

    March 2, 2016 at 8:59 am

  54. Beautiful photos !!

    March 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

  55. Vagrantgirl

    Excellent shots!! I will be so scared to do the shoot!

    March 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

  56. Fabulous shots! Love the one with green in his mouth! Haha,

    March 2, 2016 at 2:00 am

  57. Interesting

    March 2, 2016 at 1:22 am

  58. very nice scenery.

    March 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

  59. Great shots!

    March 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm

  60. Wow, another amazing experience! I am curious, how close do you get for your pictures? And do you ever think you could be in danger?

    March 1, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    • In this place, the Khutzeymateen Provincial Park in northern BC, you visit by boat and don’t make landfall. So all of the encounters are from a zodiac or from the deck of a sailboat so although I can be quite close, it is not dangerous. The gentleman who is the guide and captain that I tour with has been in that inlet every summer for 35 years so his experience keeps things safe and prevents encounters from escalating in a bad direction.



      March 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

  61. Such beautiful pictures! All of them are so beautiful!

    March 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm

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    March 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  64. Totally awesome.

    March 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

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    March 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

  67. Grandtrines

    Reblogged this on Still Another Photoblog.

    March 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  68. Canada is that green right now? And people deny climate change. tsk tsk. Beautiful shot though sir!

    March 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    • Hi,

      These images were from June 2014 north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. It has been a mild February in Alberta, where I live, but it’s not that lush in either place right now.

      I certainly accept climate change as fact but it hasn’t accelerated that fast here yet.



      March 2, 2016 at 7:21 am

  69. What a spectacular opportunity to view them in their element. The color vibrancy and contrast between the green, lush grass and the velvety brown fur. Beautiful! Best of luck at the Banff National Park!

    March 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

  70. David Adhola

    These are awesomely taken pictures. They show a true appreciation of nature and especially the endangered bears. I’m a nature lover and an environmentalist myself, and I’ve really loved the shots

    March 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    • Thank you David! They are amazing animals and the love the momma a have for their cubs is deeply moving to watch.

      March 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      • David Adhola

        I have a passion for ecological diversity and these pictures just amaze me…

        March 17, 2016 at 2:20 am

  71. Gorgeous pictures, in May of 2015 during the journey between Banff and Jasper we spotted a Black Bear to the side of the road and managed to capture some video footage which was one of the most incredible moments of my life. Such a frightening animal from what we see on our TV screens but in the wild they look so innocent.

    March 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  72. Ricky Pearl

    Lovely…especially the bear munching on grass.

    March 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

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    March 1, 2016 at 9:58 am

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  76. Beautiful shots. Absolutely love them!

    March 1, 2016 at 6:09 am

  77. khushboosawlani

    Amazing pictures!

    March 1, 2016 at 3:56 am

  78. Amazing grizzly pics. They def outclass mine taken optimistically from the back of a 4WD!!

    March 1, 2016 at 3:04 am

  79. Great Photography!!

    March 1, 2016 at 3:01 am

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  81. amazing job buddy

    March 1, 2016 at 2:15 am

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  83. Amazing photos !so impressive.

    March 1, 2016 at 12:12 am

  84. Stunning! If you look at them they seem so sweet but actually they’re one of the most dangerous animals! Would someone check out my new blog frankmalgar.wordpress.com?

    February 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm

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    February 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm

  86. Wow! Very awesome and clear photos!

    February 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

  87. Incredible photos! But, I’m scared sh!tless when it comes to bears. You’re a brave one.WHY DID I LOOK AT THESE RIGHT BEFORE BED?!?!?

    February 29, 2016 at 11:23 pm

  88. These are amazing!

    February 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm

  89. stunning pictures. I am so jealous you have seen these. On our trip to Yosemite we were hoping to spot one but they were all hiding 😦 !

    February 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm

  90. Stunning shots… great work done.

    February 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  91. jobleyy

    You are good at your job..awesome

    February 29, 2016 at 9:43 pm

  92. Wow…It must have been such a wonderful moment for u 🙂

    February 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  93. Lovely photos

    February 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm

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  97. Awesome

    February 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm

  98. Precioso…bonitas imagenes

    February 29, 2016 at 4:38 pm

  99. that is really cool those are great pics

    February 29, 2016 at 4:27 pm

  100. Beautiful pictures!

    February 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  101. Great photos, may I ask what lens you are using?

    February 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    • Hello – thank you. During that visit, I used mostly the Canon 200-400 f/4 lens. The only other lens was the 24-105 f/4 which was used for the last image in that series.


      February 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm

  102. danieldegg

    Great shots! Beautiful

    February 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

  103. Admirable talent and cool nerves!

    February 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  104. twinklestarbykelly

    These are gorgeous photos 🙂

    February 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

  105. Woah, amazing shots! So great to see such beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

    February 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm

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  107. Wow so cool!

    February 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  108. 👍🏽🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻

    February 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

  109. Anonymous

    beautiful photos just incredibly beautiful

    February 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

  110. Love the photos.

    February 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

  111. Wayne Holmes

    Amazing shots! Makes me despise these four walls even more! I gotta get outside. Yet…here I am.

    February 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

  112. Beautiful photos =)

    February 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

  113. sueashby7

    This photograph is absolutely amazing. I love all wildlife, including bears and you have captured their moody behavior perfectly. I am looking very forward to a lot more visits to your blog.

    February 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm

  114. Very Awesome photos!

    February 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  115. Wow! Amazing photos. I adore the last one. Such incredible animals. You are so lucky to be able to get so close to them.

    February 24, 2016 at 2:43 am

  116. Great shots of the bears in the landscape

    February 23, 2016 at 7:06 am

  117. I like all the photos but especially the wide shot of them in their habitat.

    February 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

  118. That’s interesting because I have been thinking a lot about bears recently and hoping to see them in Banff/Kananaskis this year. Your wonderful photos remind me of that other great place!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

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  120. Absolutely stunning. Such powerful and amazing animals. I would have loved to have been there with you!

    February 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm

  121. Have a great trip! Banff is definitely on my bucket list destinations

    February 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    • Thank you. I did – found a wolf pack taking down an elk which was amazing. I hope you scratch a visit off of your list sooner than later.

      February 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

  122. Karmughil Vannan

    Spectacular Photography and Amazing Grizzlies! 🙂 🙂 P.S. my photography works on Twilight Times on my blog http://www.authoringlife.wordpress.com/twilight 🙂 Hope you would like it. 🙂

    February 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  123. Yup! We start dreaming about those grizzlies about now. They are such amazing creature. Wonderful shots!

    February 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

  124. Love these pics and the story. Outstanding!

    February 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

  125. Amazing pictures! Enjoy your time in Banff, we will be there in June for the first time and I am really looking forward to discovering it!

    February 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

    • You will love it. June is one of the best times to visit Banff. Make sure you explore Kananaskis as well – the area around the Highwood Pass is magic!

      February 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      • Thank you! We have a long list of to see and to! We are flying to Edmonton and driving to Victoria over 10 days!

        February 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      • What a great trip! A lot of ground to cover in that time – enjoy all that you see!

        February 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

  126. Awesome photos!

    February 21, 2016 at 8:35 am

  127. Amazing – each one of them!

    February 21, 2016 at 8:03 am

  128. janvdijk9464

    Reblogged this on janencarinvandijk and commented:
    Beren op visitie leuk he!

    February 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

  129. Andrea

    So very beautiful!

    February 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

  130. janvdijk9464

    dit zijn prachtige foto’s echt heel mooi en beren zijn toch mooi he. gr jan en carine

    February 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

  131. anroworld

    Wow, shots are great! How did you manage to get so close to them?

    February 21, 2016 at 6:15 am

    • Same question here! I guess it’s through special camera affects or so.

      March 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      • Hi Anro and Noor – No special camera effects :). The Khutzeymateen is a provincial park set up to be a Grizzly bear sanctuary. The bears there have never been hunted or harmed by humans so they by and large ignore them. I go there with a guide who knows many of the bears and their histories. We never make landfall and all encounters are from a zodiac boat. That allows us to get quite close without stressing the bears. When they show any discomfort or deviation from their natural movement or behaviour, the guide (who has been there for 6 months every year for 36 years) leaves. I wouldn’t want to visit these amazing creatures in this location any other way.

        March 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      • Wow! That’s really interesting to know!
        It’s really amazing that animals who are faced to no human harm, they act friendly and trusting! The world of animals is so interesting!

        March 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

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