Mornings in the Khutzeymateen Inlet in northern British Columbia are mesmerizing – so breathtaking that you feel you might still be asleep.
Waking in my ship’s cabin, I immediately began to feel the anticipation of the coming day when I would get the chance to see and photograph grizzly bears.
But as soon as I climbed the polished wooden ladder to the main deck of the ship I was awe struck by the impressive scenery. The fog laid low on the water, gently wrapping her fingers around the old-growth forest.
In the quietude, we boarded the zodiac and puttered into the estuary, the mother ship slowly disappearing into the morning mist, while the lightest of rain fell.
I took this time to get to know the place, to watch and listen, and imagine what it must be like to waken here every day. While the main purpose of the trip was photographing the bears, I spent these mornings making landscape images too.
This is the kind of place that gets into your soul. Between the trusting nature of the grizzlies here, the glassy water reflecting the dense forest, the mysterious morning mist, and the quiet serenity, it’s a place that makes you feel it’s importance.
I made all of these images with my Canon7D and the 24-105 lens, hand-held (since we were in a moving boat).
And I still have more to come!