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Douglas Fir. About 600 years old

Ancient temperate rainforests on Flores Island, in Ahousaht First Nations territory on the west coast of Canada. #Ahousaht #clayoquotsound #temperaterainforest #earthday2018 #earthday

The habituation of these juvenile brown bear siblings to people as a result of accompanying their mother to the dump, who had now disappeared, wasn't good for them but it did provide me with a lot of entertainment observing their play at close quarters. Although they're generally fully weaned by 18 months of age, juvenile bears stay with their mother until at least the second spring of their life, but more often until they're 3 or 4 years old. At this stage their mother will drive them off so that she's able to mate again. These juveniles would have still been with their mother had she not most likely been shot by a hunter during the hunting season. 
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I became very familiar with these 3 siblings near the native village of Angoon on the other side of Admiralty island, because they were always hanging around the village dump that I had to walk past to get to the village for stocking up with food supplies. On this occasion they were having a cooling bath in a ditch right next to the gravel road. They were usually OK with me but one of them had a little more attitude than the other two. On one occasion I was inside the dump watching them and some more dump bears when he decided to start walking towards me, and when he got too close I decided to give him a quick warning squirt from my pepper spray, which I had started to carry with me. Unfortunately it was quite old and when I pressed it the "spray" was just a trickle that ran down my arm. So I climbed on top of a nearby abandoned car and eventually he wandered back to the dining area on the dump. I also carried stones in my pocket - not to throw at the bears but to toss on the ground to distract them, which always worked, rather like with a dog. On that particular occasion I wanted to remind the bear that people are dangerous, because it's more than likely that their mother had been killed by hunters because she had lost her fear of people by hanging around the dump. It's always very sad to see bears that have become habituated to feeding at dumps because it is a very poor diet compared to their natural diet.

While I've been looking back on my two decades of epic adventures in Southeast Alaska I have focussed on kayaking with humpback whales, but I also had many encounters with the terrestrial wildlife and have many bear stories. This was one of my earliest and most memorable close encounters with an Alaskan brown bear, the largest land carnivore on earth, while I was still learning how to behave around them. This was a very important learning experience because it charged me! I was up in Windfall Harbour on Admiralty Island, which has the highest density of brown bears in North America - an estimated 1600 at about one per square mile - and was photographing this juvenile chasing salmon in the braided channels of the river, but I was getting too close. The people who are most familiar with my life, including my Alaskan girlfriend then who was still on our anchored boat, know that I have little sense of personal safety, which is why I'm usually alone haha. I was clicking away and then I realised that it was no longer chasing after salmon but charging in my direction, and this was the last photo that I took before I realised that I had to respond to the impending danger. It's very easy to be detached from reality when looking through the viewfinder of a camera with only one thing on your mind. When I lowered my camera my gut defence instincts kicked in and I stood my ground in a defensive posture, pointed at it and bellowed at it to GO BACK!!!! I was always capable of a good blast and the surrounding mountains amplified it to a thunderous level. I knew that running was pointless, and a show of weakness and submission - I had to assert my authority, even if it was a bluff, and to my huge relief it worked because the bear slammed on the brakes, snarled at me and then turned around and bolted back through the tall grass. Phew!!! My heart was pounding and my eyes bulging, and after taking a deep breath of relief I was able to laugh at what had just happened. When I got back to the boat I said to my girlfriend, "You'll never guess what just happened to me".

Changing gears here in light of traveling to the west coast this weekend. I’ll be posting photographs of #muirwoods from 2016. See you soon San Francisco and Portland!
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#fern #foliage #green #texture #temperaterainforest #naturephotography #leaves #nationalpark #fresh #shadow

I managed to (slightly) conquer my fear of heights last weekend at
Kew Gardens 🌴
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#kewgardens #botanicalgardens #palmhouse

Pacific Northwest

Finally made it to Olympic National Park! Such an incredibly beautiful place. I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time! #natureisbeautiful #olympicnationalpark #getoutside #travelbug #temperaterainforest #soulfood

Baby waterfall!

The extraordinary Spirit Bear or Kermode Bear. Found only in British Columbia this is not a polar bear but a black bear. But if both parents have a mutation in a gene that affects pigment production their cub have white fur! Some locals believe they are supernatural animals. Photo by Marko Dimitrijevic. #markodimitrijevic #britishcolumbia #greatbearrainforest #greatbear #amazingnature #bears #blackbear #spiritbear #grizzly #grizzlies #grizzlybear #pacificrainforest #temperaterainforest #rainforest #bcrainforest #orso #orsobruno #ours #medved #kermodebear#oso #blackbear #blackbears

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