Glacier field from above

Glacier field from above

Daily Dose of Beauty: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.

March 23rd, 2020

Today we arrive in Bella Coola, British Columbia in the vast country of Canada. Flying in, we see a glacier field inching its way to lower elevations where the thaw will release its contents into the many rivers of the province’s west coast. This is wild, remote country with a sparse population of survivalists – both human and animal.

Bella Coola Grizzly Bear

Bella Coola Grizzly Bear

On a rainy morning we meet our first such resident. He looks just as annoyed by the rain as we are but that thought is quickly overshadowed by the sight of his damp fur coat, his claws and … that nose! So large and powerful, leading him to salmon while also alerting him to our presence.

Bella Coola Grizzly Bears

Bella Coola Grizzly Bears

Up the river, we find another pair of mates chilling on the riverbed stripping the dead salmon of their last delicious bits. The smaller, seated bear makes eye contact as that telltale grizzly hump protrudes above his head. I see you. I feel you.

Let’s take some lessons from them today. Be the bear in this fight. Find happiness in solo pursuits and, if you’re safe at home with a partner, stay connected and united. And stay away from everyone for a few weeks. Bears do it for a whole season and so can we, especially with gadgets and technology to still bring us together.

I’ll leave you with a photo of one of the cabins at the Rip Rap Campsite. The place is spectacular, located right on the Bella Coola river with a viewing platform where you can drink wine and watch the wildlife go by. It doesn’t get much simpler or better than that.

Until tomorrow,
Kelly

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This post is also part of this week’s Lens Artists challenge: A River Runs Through It

44 comments

      1. Stunningly beautiful and brings out strong feelings of protecting our planet. When will we wake up??
        Thanks, yvonne

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  1. Forgot to tell you the other day how much Joyce and I have enjoyed your new contribution to a moment of joy in our new “look but don’t touch” daily life! Both of my guys picked a couple treasures…Pop

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    1. Aw, that’s very sweet. Thank you, D-Pop! And “look but don’t touch.” Perfect description. I might steal that and use it in a later post. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. Always great to connect! ♥ Hi, Joyce!

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  2. Thank you, Kelly for sharing these precious captures in the wild, remote country! That shot of the Bella Coola Grizzly Bears, Wow!!
    “Bears do it for a whole season and so can we…” A wonderful lesson!

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    1. Thanks, Tina! I’ve missed photo challenges. Looking forward to participating more. Funny thing about the cabins — the one we were staying in had a heavy wood front door about a foot thick. Definitely grizzly proof! Great to hear from you!

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  3. Sipping wine and watching the wildlife stroll by. Hard to beat as a way of self-isolating, Kelly. 🙂 I can hardly wait for five the wine (or is that four) to do likewise. I’m pretty sure that the deer will cooperate even if we have to forego a grizzly for now. Thanks. Looking forward to the next posts. –Curt

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  4. Great message to go along with the photos of this wondrous place. I have never forgotten the cabin you guys had there, all the nature surrounding you, and the great post you wrote!

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  5. More bears! So cool. I’ve not often seen them in the wild, but did from time to time when I lived up north.
    Often I’d be in camp alone all day and the guys taught me how to use a gun. I decided I was more scared of guns that I was of bears.
    Alison

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