In late May every year, grizzly bears gather at the Khutzeymateen Inlet in northern British Colombia to gorge on sedge grass. When they arrive they are thin and hungry - they have just slept for 4-5 months without eating. By the time they leave, they will look more like that grizzly that we have come to know ... and fear.
At least this was the impression I arrived in Khutzeymateen with. I assumed grizzlies were scary and mean, and that photographing them would be an exercise in terror. I couldn't have been more wrong! With grizzlies, it's all about the food, and your attitude. If they are well fed and you respect them, they will invite you into their world. And what an amazing world it it.
My friend David DuChemin and I spent 3 days among these gentle giants. Often spending hours just sitting and watching in pure wonder. There wasn't a single time we felt in danger. More often than not we felt humbled, awed, and privileged.
The Khutzeymateen Inlet is a treasure. It's unlike anywhere I have ever traveled. Steep valley walls, snow, ice, water, bears. Regular readers of my blog will now how much I love Yosemite. Sorry Yosemite, you have nothing on the Khutzeymateen!