I got back from the Great Bear Rainforest just under a week ago and I am still fully digesting the trip, and going through the many, many, photos.  Receiving my Canon EOS R as soon as I got back has somewhat thrown a wrench into my time behind the computer…but more about that later.

 

One of the reasons that I continue to love going back to the Great Bear Rainforest, is that you never know what to expect, and honestly each year is really different.

This year some of the salmon streams in the Great Bear Rainforest were impacted by lower than usual number of salmon.  This was not just caused by a lower number of fish in the salmon run, but also due to the fact that they have had very little rain to fill the streams so that the salmon can get up them.  I think it had almost been one month without any rainfall on one particular place that we visited, according to the First Nation Guide.  Therefore it seemed like this year we had to work a little harder to see the wildlife and to photograph it.

 

We were treated to a wide variety of wildlife, from Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, a Spirit Bear, Humpback Whales, Bald Eagles, Mink, River Otters, Harbor Seals and even saw TWO Sea Otters.  Some of the highlights of the trip were when we waited along a river for quite some time without really seeing anything, and then just before we were about to leave a Spirit Bear appeared…this is a good reminder of why you should “tough it out”.

 

We also had the opportunity to spend over 45 minutes watching two young grizzlies, which we assumed were siblings, wrestling in the water.  We actually left them and they were still going at it.  We went to “check out” a bay to see if there was any activity, and there were over 18 Bald Eagles in the water itself, with a bunch more white heads dotting the trees next to the bay.  And then when we went in the zodiac to check it out, we spotted a Grizzly along the shore.

 

Finally, we topped the trip off by seeing two sea otters.  It was awesome because one was really quite far north, and further north than the skipper had ever seen.  The second one was super accommodating and provided us ample opportunity to get some really great images while she cleaned her fur.

 

We came away with some really unique experiences and I am already looking forward to going back again next year.

 

Stay tuned to my Recent Photos for new photos as I have time to edit them.  And also stay tuned to my blog for my thoughts on my new EOS R.

 

Our 2020 trip dates will be released a the beginning of next year, if you would like to get your name on the priority booking list, contact me at contact@wildelements.ca for more information.

I have escaped the snow of Calgary and I am just getting ready to head back into the Great Bear Rainforest for my 5th year in a row, and to say I am excited is an understatement.

 

Under Cover

For this version of the instructional photo tour we will be taking a different route than usual, and starting in Kitimat and ending in Bella Bella.  This is a route that I have not done since 2014 (my first trip).  I am looking forward to the opportunity to seeing some areas that I have not been to in a several years, and also looking forward to checking out some of the “usual” spots.

 

And there is a reason that we do not call this trip the Spirit Bear trip, because the trip is about so much more, and encompasses all the wildlife and scenery that the Great Bear Rainforest has to offer.  Under Cover was photographed during my trip in 2017, and was taken as a Spirit Bear woke up from a nap in the woods and came back out to the water to eat some fish.  For more of the images that I have captured on my Great Bear Rainforest trips, visit the Great Bear Rainforest Gallery.

 

If you are interested in signing up for one of our future Great Bear Rainforest trips, visit my Photo Tours page for more information.  Or feel free to contact me at contact@wildelements.ca for more information.

 

I am looking forward to coming back and sharing the details of the experience and some images!

I have escaped the snow of Calgary and I am just getting ready to head back into the Great Bear Rainforest for my 5th year in a row, and to say I am excited is an understatement.

 

Under Cover

For this version of the instructional photo tour we will be taking a different route than usual, and starting in Kitimat and ending in Bella Bella.  This is a route that I have not done since 2014 (my first trip).  I am looking forward to the opportunity to seeing some areas that I have not been to in a several years, and also looking forward to checking out some of the “usual” spots.

 

And there is a reason that we do not call this trip the Spirit Bear trip, because the trip is about so much more, and encompasses all the wildlife and scenery that the Great Bear Rainforest has to offer.  Under Cover was photographed during my trip in 2017, and was taken as a Spirit Bear woke up from a nap in the woods and came back out to the water to eat some fish.  For more of the images that I have captured on my Great Bear Rainforest trips, visit the Great Bear Rainforest Gallery.

 

If you are interested in signing up for one of our future Great Bear Rainforest trips, visit my Photo Tours page for more information.  Or feel free to contact me at contact@wildelements.ca for more information.

 

I am looking forward to coming back and sharing the details of the experience and some images!

The first week of August we had the opportunity to spend a week on a sailboat exploring the coast of British Columbia from the Johnstone Strait to the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. What I enjoy about this trip is that each section of the ocean we explore seems to bring a different photographic opportunity, and we never knew what to expect.


This is the third time I have been on this trip, and this year it provided many different highlights than the previous two trips.

 

Of course a staple of visiting this area, is the opportunity to photograph the Orcas (both resident and transients) that travel these waters.  We had a few days where we were able to photograph them, with the highlight being when there was a triple breach of three different orcas in succession.  But besides the photographs it is always just amazing to be around such magnificent creatures (and ones that I don’t have the chance to see everyday living in Alberta).

 

 

Pigging Out

Another highlights of the trip were the Sea Otters.  Not only are Sea Otters adorable, but this year they provided us with a great deal of variety in the photographic opportunities.  We were able to capture them wrapped in kelp, moms with pups, gathering and eating sea urchins, and even a brief attempt at mating.  It doesn’t matter how many times I see Sea Otters, they still give me the “awww” factor, and I get bored.

 

We also had a great time attempting to photograph both Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, and Dall’s Porpoises as they rode the bow of the sailboat, it is incredible how fast they are able to move.

 

In addition to the above we also had many Sea Lions, Humpback Whales, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, and Black Oystercatchers.

 

There was certainly no shortage of wildlife variety on this trip, and there was hardly a dull moment.  This trip continues to rank up there with one of my favourite trips that we offer.

 

There are still two spots available next year, and a priority booking list for 2020. Feel free to contact me contact@wildelements.ca for more information about this trip.

The first week of August we had the opportunity to spend a week on a sailboat exploring the coast of British Columbia from the Johnstone Strait to the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. What I enjoy about this trip is that each section of the ocean we explore seems to bring a different photographic opportunity, and we never knew what to expect.


This is the third time I have been on this trip, and this year it provided many different highlights than the previous two trips.

 

Of course a staple of visiting this area, is the opportunity to photograph the Orcas (both resident and transients) that travel these waters.  We had a few days where we were able to photograph them, with the highlight being when there was a triple breach of three different orcas in succession.  But besides the photographs it is always just amazing to be around such magnificent creatures (and ones that I don’t have the chance to see everyday living in Alberta).

 

 

Pigging Out

Another highlights of the trip were the Sea Otters.  Not only are Sea Otters adorable, but this year they provided us with a great deal of variety in the photographic opportunities.  We were able to capture them wrapped in kelp, moms with pups, gathering and eating sea urchins, and even a brief attempt at mating.  It doesn’t matter how many times I see Sea Otters, they still give me the “awww” factor, and I get bored.

 

We also had a great time attempting to photograph both Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, and Dall’s Porpoises as they rode the bow of the sailboat, it is incredible how fast they are able to move.

 

In addition to the above we also had many Sea Lions, Humpback Whales, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, and Black Oystercatchers.

 

There was certainly no shortage of wildlife variety on this trip, and there was hardly a dull moment.  This trip continues to rank up there with one of my favourite trips that we offer.

 

There are still two spots available next year, and a priority booking list for 2020. Feel free to contact me contact@wildelements.ca for more information about this trip.

Death Grip

 

Due to a cancellation, there is now one spot available on the 2018 Into the Great Bear Rainforest trip.  More information is available on my photo tours page.

 

There are also two spots available on the 2019 trip as well, more information is available here.

 

As always, feel free to contact me for more information, contact@wildelements.ca.

 

PS – I promise we only serve fresh fish on the boat, unlike the one being carried by this Spirit Bear.

Loving Life

Our 2019 Photo Tours are now available for public consumption.  In 2019 we have some new and exciting trips focused on the coast of British Columbia.

 

All trips can be found on my Photo Tours page.

 

As you will notice a number of trips are already sold-out, this is the result of people who were on the “Priority Booking” list for these trips, and received the first right of refusal to sign-up for the trips.  If you would like to be added to the Priority Booking list for 2020, or if you would like to be placed on a cancellation list for an already sold-out trip, please contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca.

 

These spots probably won’t last long, so contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca if you are interested in getting more information or if you are interest in signing up.  Sign up now and you will be Loving Life like this Sea Otter.

Jumping for Joy

Update, this spot has now been sold, however there are still spaces available on the 2019 version of this trip.  More information can be found on my Photo Tours page.

 

Good news for anyone that is looking to explore and photograph the Johnstone Strait area of British Columbia, we have one spot available on the trip 2018 Marine Mammals Instructional trip from August 1 to 10, 2018.

 

Details can found on my photo tours page.

 

Or you can view more details in the trip brochure.

 

This Jumping for Joy Image was photographed during my 2016 trip.  If you would like more information, or would like to join me this summer, contact me at seminars@wildelements.ca.

Breathtaking Breach

Are you looking to capture stunning images like the one in this post? Are you looking for a great photography adventure in 2019?

 

We are currently working our way through the priority booking list for all those that requested “first right of refusal”, and once that is complete we will be posting the trips online, hopefully in early February.

 

For those of you who are not aware, we allow clients to sign up to our priority booking list, more details can be found in the Priority Booking section of the Photo Tours page.

 

Once 2019 is available, we will begin to take names for our photo tours in 2020.

 

To see many of the great images that I was fortunate enough to capture on our trips over the years, visit my Journeys gallery.  Feel free to contact me for more information on any of our photo tours contact@wildelements.ca.

Breathtaking Breach

Are you looking to capture stunning images like the one in this post? Are you looking for a great photography adventure in 2019?

 

We are currently working our way through the priority booking list for all those that requested “first right of refusal”, and once that is complete we will be posting the trips online, hopefully in early February.

 

For those of you who are not aware, we allow clients to sign up to our priority booking list, more details can be found in the Priority Booking section of the Photo Tours page.

 

Once 2019 is available, we will begin to take names for our photo tours in 2020.

 

To see many of the great images that I was fortunate enough to capture on our trips over the years, visit my Journeys gallery.  Feel free to contact me for more information on any of our photo tours contact@wildelements.ca.

Good news for those that are looking for a late November trip, we have added a new trip to the roster for 2018 the “Kluane-Haines Explorer”, and there are spaces available.

 

View from Above

This trip starts off in Whitehorse in Canada’s North, and splits time between exploring Kluane National Park, and photographing the Dall Sheep that traverse the mountainside in this breathtaking environment.  This is followed by visiting Haines, Alaska, where you will spend several days along the river that is still open, and photographing the thousands of Bald Eagles that migrate to these open waters.

 

More information about this trip is available on my Photo Tours page or contact me contact@wildelements.ca for more information.

 

We are in the process of finalizing all the details of 2019 trips, and will be contacting those on the priority booking list soon about securing your spot.

Good news for those that are looking for a late November trip, we have added a new trip to the roster for 2018 the “Kluane-Haines Explorer”, and there are spaces available.

 

View from Above

This trip starts off in Whitehorse in Canada’s North, and splits time between exploring Kluane National Park, and photographing the Dall Sheep that traverse the mountainside in this breathtaking environment.  This is followed by visiting Haines, Alaska, where you will spend several days along the river that is still open, and photographing the thousands of Bald Eagles that migrate to these open waters.

 

More information about this trip is available on my Photo Tours page or contact me contact@wildelements.ca for more information.

 

We are in the process of finalizing all the details of 2019 trips, and will be contacting those on the priority booking list soon about securing your spot.

I’m just arriving back from the Great Bear Rainforest trip of 2017, and it was another one to remember.

 

Carryout Dinner

We were treated to the opportunity to spend time photographing three different Spirit Bears, which is always a highlight of the trip. These bears are quite rare, and exist in only a few places along the Coast of British Columbia, so the fact that we were able to spend time (more than just a glance) with three of them is really lucky.

 

We go to the Great Bear Rainforest for more than just Spirit Bears, we also hope to see Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, Humpbacks, and whatever else we come across along the way.  This is why the trip is named “Into the Great Bear Rainforest” instead of Spirit Bear Trip.

 

We had the opportunity to see a Grizzly Bear with two cubs, and quite a few Black Bears, all of which seemed to be taking advantage of the salmon (alive or dead) that were in the rivers, or that have washed up on the shore during high tide in some of the inlets.  We even saw a very unique looking Black Bear that seemed like it’s fur had a bit of white and black in it, it was a very interesting looking bear.

 

Some of the “whatever else” that we had the opportunity to photograph this year was some time spent photographing Humpback Whales (even seeing a few distant breaches), Transient Killer Whales, seeing an Elephant Seal in the distance, and a short time with Harbour Seals.   We also saw a few Bald Eagles perched in the trees,  a few Great Blue Herons, and several Pine Martens that were feeding on leftover salmon along the river.

 

This trip was like none other that I experienced in the past, and that’s why I keep going back. For the first time in the last four years I was tortured by sun, pretty much 7 full days of sunshine, with very little cloud. Which made photographing whales or bears along the water at certain times of the day very challenging. I guess all those years that I wished for a little sun while sitting in a downpour came all at once.

 

As always I was joined by an excellent group of people and welcomed by the terrific crew of the ship, these trips would never be the same without them.

 

To stay up-to-date with my latest images, including ones from this trip, visit my Recent Photos gallery.  If you would like to join us on a Great Bear Rainforest trip in the future contact me contact@wildelements.ca.

Nature’s Bridge

I’m getting excited for my fourth trip into the Great Bear Rainforest located on the coast of British Columbia.  While the Great Bear Rainforest is home to the rare, and unique, Spirit Bear, we don’t only focus on them. Instead we spend our time touring the Great Bear Rainforest for all the different species that call it home.  This includes Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, Humpback Whales, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles and sometimes even Coastal Wolves if we are lucky, and of course the Spirit Bear.

 

Spirit Kermode Bear Great Bear Rainforest

Balancing on the Rocks

What I enjoy the most about this trip is the diversity of the species that we can photograph, and that we never really know what to expect.  One year can be very different from the next.

 

I am also looking forward to trying out the Canon 400 f/2.8 L IS II lens for the first time in the Great Bear Rainforest.  The f/2.8 aperture can really come in handy on some of the low light days, due to the rains and cloud cover that are common in the rainforest this time of year.

 

To see the images from past trips (which highlights the diversity of species) check out my Great Bear Rainforest Journeys Gallery.  If you would like to get your name on the list to experience this unique location for yourself, contact me, contact@wildelements.ca.

 

Stay tuned for a post trip update.

Nature’s Bridge

I’m getting excited for my fourth trip into the Great Bear Rainforest located on the coast of British Columbia.  While the Great Bear Rainforest is home to the rare, and unique, Spirit Bear, we don’t only focus on them. Instead we spend our time touring the Great Bear Rainforest for all the different species that call it home.  This includes Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, Humpback Whales, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles and sometimes even Coastal Wolves if we are lucky, and of course the Spirit Bear.

 

Spirit Kermode Bear Great Bear Rainforest

Balancing on the Rocks

What I enjoy the most about this trip is the diversity of the species that we can photograph, and that we never really know what to expect.  One year can be very different from the next.

 

I am also looking forward to trying out the Canon 400 f/2.8 L IS II lens for the first time in the Great Bear Rainforest.  The f/2.8 aperture can really come in handy on some of the low light days, due to the rains and cloud cover that are common in the rainforest this time of year.

 

To see the images from past trips (which highlights the diversity of species) check out my Great Bear Rainforest Journeys Gallery.  If you would like to get your name on the list to experience this unique location for yourself, contact me, contact@wildelements.ca.

 

Stay tuned for a post trip update.