My favorite wilderness anywhere is Canada’s Great Bear Rain Forest. Home to bears, whales, wolves and eagles it truly is a paradise on Earth. It is also home to the world’s only population of “Spirit Bears”. Numbering less than 200 these bears are a genetic phase (double recessive gene) of black bear. While it’s tempting to ask what is so special about these bears since they really are just a weird black bear, something special seems to happen when they emerge from the green of the forest. Maybe it’s the fact that they are so rare, maybe it’s their beauty. The only thing I’m certain of is that seeing a Spirit Bear in person is one of nature’s great privileges.
The Great Bear’s waterways provide a fertile home for humpback whales. As we transited between different locations along the Inside Passage looking for bears it was common to see lunge feeding and breaching alongside the boat.
A week in a place like this is never enough. An added bonus this week was getting to photograph bald eagles. Next time I hope to find coastal wolves!