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Where I’m At
Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, Courtenay, BC 18 - 20 May 2013
Canada Day Market. Campbell River, 01 July 2013
Summer Market, Qualicum Beach BC
04, 11, 18, 25 July, 01 August 2013
Courtenay Market Day, Courtenay, BC 20 July 2013
Comox Nautical Days, Comox, BC 03 - 05 August 2013
Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, Nanaimo, BC 01 - 03 Nov 2013
Dickens Christmas Craft Faire, Courtenay, BC 08 - 10 Nov 2013
Kris Kringle Craft fair (www.kriskringle.ca) Parksville, BC 14 - 17 Nov 2013
Comox Mall, Comox, BC 04 - 24 Dec 2013
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Ben Davies Financial Planning, Beaufort Ave, Comox BC - Various Images in an Ongoing Display
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, Comox Valley, Small Road, Courtenay, BC - Prints & Books available for sale
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Tag Archives: Great Bear Rainforest
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Here is a shot taken along the BC coast in the Great Bear Rainforest a couple of years back. It shows a spirit bear early one morning enjoying himself searching for crab apples amongst the wild crab apple trees that surround one of the many coves in the area. Note how his front left paw holds the branch down whilst he checks it over. We had been out watching this bear since first light and were fortunate to see him not only looking for late fall apples but also saw him catch a number of chum salmon to supplement his breakfast.
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This is a popular scenic art card shot showing Shearwater Marina covered in an early winter snowfall a couple of years ago. Shearwater is a small community on Denny Island, close to Bella Bella on the BC coast in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. A popular destination with boaters in the summer, not too many people who don’t live there year round get to see it like this very often.
This Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was photographed in an inlet adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest on the BC coast back in September. It was part of a group of twenty or so all feeding in the same vicinity in a narrow channel. It was amazing to see them all taking a breath on the surface almost in unison and then as if being choreographed, they would all disappear at the same time. Whilst stopped in our boat, this one breezed down our starboard side and the took a dive right in front of us, thus enabling such a great angle for the shot.
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Here is a spirit bear shot taken last month in the Great Bear Rainforest. With the dry summer, the passage of salmon along the rivers was slow in many places and the river that is home to this bear was no exception. He was the only kermode bear spotted this year up to that time, on that river, when normally two or three have been seen by mid-September. He is a bear that is familiar to me though, I first got to photograph him back in 2009 and as always it is great to see he is still around and to get to photograph him again. More shots of this guy both from 2009 & 2012 can be seen here in the spirit bears gallery.
I spied this black bear looking out through the bush to see if it was safe to come on to the river and fish for salmon. When I looked at the shot afterwards his eyes seemed so sad and concerned, yet looked as if they could tell a thousand stories too. The photograph was taken in the Great Bear Rainforest on the BC coast in the middle of September. Salmon were running on the river, but the water was low so there were not as many as I had seen in previous years at this time. More black bears will be added to the ‘black bear‘ gallery over the next few weeks. Oh… and yes, he did get some salmon!
Over the summer we ran a free to enter prize draw in which visitors to the site were asked to vote for their favourite image on the site, (not including the image on the ‘About‘ page!). All voters were entered into the draw to win a free, limited edition, signed 8 x 10 print of the winning image.
The overall favourite image as voted for by visitors to the website was the print ‘Black & White’. Taken in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on the BC coast, this image portrays black and white spirit bears fishing for salmon and was also featured as the cover for the book Encounters! The Wonders of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
The prize draw winner, as drawn by Ben Davies, of Ben Davies Financial Planning in Comox, was Barbara Fulton from Vancouver. Barbara will receive one of the only 25 remaining available, signed limited edition prints of Black & White.
Congratulations to Barbara and watch out for future events here on stevewphotography.ca.
Fall is coming fast in Northern British Columbia. A week ago as I jumped on a boat to explore the BC coast around the northern parts of the Great Bear Rainforest, signs of fall still looked to be far away, but upon my return inland late yesterday, I instantly noticed how much the trees had started to change. They are now a mixture of light greens, to yellows, to brilliant gold, especially when the sun shines through them. The plants along the road have changed too and some are now an array of pinks, bright reds and purples. It truly looks very special. As an added reminder fall is coming, the signs from the provincial park campgrounds have been removed and the gates locked and the temperature reading on my car in the pullout along the Skeena river, were I camped for the night last night, read zero degrees at 6am this morning!
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The grey wolf of the BC coast has been said by many and is claimed by some biologists to be a unique sub-species of wolf, worthy of it’s own designation – the coastal grey wolf. Regardless of its name, one thing this sub-species very much has in common with all the other wolves across North America, in fact the world, is the unwarranted and awful hatred and treatment it receives from mankind. For some inane and prehistoric reason, wolves seem to be hunted to close on extinction for next to no reason at all, other than being wolves, it’s crazy. I got to see this guy wandering along the rocks of a small island in the Great Bear Rainforest and we followed him by boat on his walk for about twenty minutes and respectfully kept our distance to around 200 metres plus, in the hope he would not flee. Some more of my wolf encounters can be read in the book Encounters! The Wonders of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
I got this picture of a spirit bear mom and her yearling black cub in the fall last year in the Great Bear Rainforest on BC’s northern coast. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that some people claimed this spirit bear wasn’t ‘white’ enough and asked to be taken to find other less dark bears! More spirit bears can be seen here in the Spirit Bear Gallery.
Sandhill cranes pass over my home in the Comox Valley, BC in the spring every year as they migrate from California and Arizona north to nest and have their young. You will often hear them before you see them – a sedge of sandhill cranes will make a tremendous noise when they are calling as they pass overhead. Last spring I went out and observed a large group of them circling directly over my house for quite some time, they will often do this to gain altitude to continue on their journey, especially if they have to get over mountains etc.
Although the majority of the migrating birds will go as far north as the Arctic tundra, some stay on the southern BC coast and also in select locations within the Great Bear Rainforest, were I have seen several mating pairs, who incidentally will mate for life.