The New Democratic Party followed through on one of its campaign promises and announced that they are banning grizzly bear trophy hunting in British Columbia, which will take effect on November 30, 2017. Individuals will still be able to hunt grizzly bears for their meat and environmental groups are concerned about this loophole.
I recently spent a week photographing grizzly bears. They are beautiful animals and it was a humbling experience. There is a strong argument for stopping the hunt:
1.) Bears are vulnerable – nine of the province’s fifty seven grizzly population units are listed as threatened.
2.) Sound science says the hunt can’t be maintained – more bears are being killed than government quotas allow.
3.) Living Bears are worth more – bear viewing companies directly employed an estimated 510 people in 2012, in contrast to hunting guide outfitters, who created a mere 11 jobs.
4.) Grizzly bears are an integral part of the ecosystems where they live
5.) The vast majority support a ban – eighty seven percent of British Columbians want the trophy hunt banned in the Great Bear Rainforest. Eighty per cent of residents want the ban extended to the entire province.
You can see my grizzly bear images and purchase prints here.
The Johnstone Strait area gets over 150 cm’s of annual rainfall. It creates a very lush and green environment. This photo was taken in the village of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island which is the home of the U’mista Cultural Centre and museum. It has an amazing collection of First Nations potlatch artifacts. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The most commonly employed hunting technique of the Great Blue Heron is wading slowly with its long legs through shallow water and quickly spearing fish with its long, sharp bill. It’s the largest North American heron. As I was watching this heron, I noticed it was very patient and consistently catching small fish. Click on an image to see a larger version.
I spent a few evenings taking images of an adult osprey as it was feeding on fish. It would fly just off the shore as the tide was coming in, looking down for fish in the water. The pattern it was flying reminded me of the circuit planes fly around an airport. The osprey would fly downwind over the ocean and then turn upwind as it hunted for fish. By flying into the wind it could fly slower and hover more easily before diving into the water feet-first to grasp its prey. When it caught a fish and began to climb it also shook itself like a dog when it steps out of water. The osprey is the only bird of prey that feeds exclusively on live fish. After catching a fish it carries it headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible. I feel truly blessed that this beautiful raptor let me spend some time with it. Click on an image to see a larger version.
I spent some time revisiting my images from Iceland and I came across this photo of a mare with its foal. The foal was very shy, skitterish and suspicious of the human with a camera. The foal was always within close proximity of the mare. Originally the photo was larger and horizontal, I cropped it closer and I’m happier with the new composition. Click on the image to see a larger version. To purchase this fine art print see here.
The Facade Festival is an immersive and dynamic projection mapping experience which transforms the Robson Street facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of five Vancouver based contemporary artists. Click on a photo to see a larger version.
When I took this image at Jökulsárlón it was cold, windy, cloudy, overcast, dark and the light was very flat. When I looked at the image of the Arctic Terns resting on an iceberg I thought the photo might look better if I converted it from colour to black and white. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I don’t collect comic books, but this store is always fun to visit. The walls are covered in comic books, graphic novels, collectables, toys, posters, t-shirts, memorabilia and sports cards.
I’ve always been visually drawn to the overhead trolleybus wires at intersections in the downtown area. Some are quite simple and others are very complex, especially if there is a lot of buses coming from a variety of different directions and if they have to turn at the intersection. I was looking for an intersection where I could get a photo of the wires without any buildings or trees in the background, which can be kind of tricky. This is my first attempt, but I know I can do better in the future.