Daily Dose of Beauty, March 23rd

 

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

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