Bears of Taku River

Taku River in the Northern British Columbia was my August 2016 target and the first encounter with wild brown bears (grizzlies).  I took the part of the workshop organized and run by Brad Hill (www.naturalart.ca) and was waiting for this opportunity since mid 2015.  I have joined the group of other 7 photographers from US and France in Whitehorse in Yukon from where the 'expedition' started. The place, Taku River valley, is in remote part of BC, a 40 minuts helicopter flight from Atlin.  The camp itslef is run by Phil and his crew, a super nice and professional team that accommodated our needs for the next 5 days (www.nakinaadventures.ca).  The place, the nature and setting is very nice and allows for a close/intimate time with nature.  While I was again unlucky regarding the animals (after the warm weather of Yellowstone) the local team and our guides tried everything to make our stay comfortable and successful.  Normally, more than 10 different breas are feeding on salmon in the river.  However, this year the low salmon numbers and earlier than normal appereance of berries in the forest resulted in lower than usual showings of bears.  Regardless, I had opportunity for a thrilling experience of photographing and observing several beautiful animals, as well as getting to know behaviours of these fearless mammals.  We have also spent some time discussing new photo equipment, exchanging our experience and other useful tips.  Brad is extremely knowledgeable in nature photography and photo processing, and was sharing his knowledge with all of us.  I have left the site full of new experience, knowledge and unforgeteable moments.  From Taku, I have left to meet my wife in Vancouver and join my best friends from Poland to stay on Gabriola Island visiting our friends who we met in UAE many years ago.  Our adventures on the vancouver Island will come soon in the next blog.