“Like a true nature’s child,
born to be wild.”
The wild grizzlies in these photos were photographed in The Knight Inlet in British Columbia Canada. The inlet is contained within the largest temperate rain forest on earth and has a thriving grizzly bear population.
The bears live in a remote location reachable only by float plane or small boat. We viewed bears from open air wooden platforms that are approximately 12 feet above the bears. The platforms are similar to bird hides familiar to bird watchers. Access to the platforms is carefully limited and regulated. Platform visitors are accompanied by guides. Purposely approaching wild grizzly bears without such precautions would be extremely dangerous to both humans and bears.
The bears, like this juvenile, are quite focused on consuming salmon and have devised an ingenious fishing method,
they submarine with their eyes open under water, and their ears above water, so they can listen above, as they hunt below.
They take a lot of time out from gorging to bicker and play.
Cheers to you from the stunning wild grizzlies of The Knight Inlet~
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Wow. Nice to see this wild creature. 🙂 Thanks for posting these pictures. 🙂
Thank you more for appreciating the bears~
Wonderful, Cindy! Carefree & happy!! 🐻
Thank you! I was surprised they spend a lot of time playing which doen’t really fit with their public perception~
We could take lessons from them 🙂
I try to absorb the lessons all the time from wild birds and animals about how to live in a precarious world.
Wonderful to see the bears in the wild through your eyes and your camera lens.
Happy, peaceful, playing grizzly bears. If you google image search grizzly bears most of the images you see are snarling, furious bears. It’s good to know they are more dimensional than this.
I think people also interpret grizzly as grumpy which doesn’t help. 🙁
Great camera work! I’d never seen grizzlies’ submarine-like fishing technique before, so I learned something new here. No need for tools. Now that is ingenious! And that last image of them at play… so adorable! Thank you. <3
I had never seen or heard of this submarine behavior either but they do it constantly. They clearly enjoy their swimming pool!
Wonderful!!!! Keep picturing the wild.
Thank you for the encouragement!
Ah Cindy, another wonderful post. Fresh salmon from the waters there are hard to beat but truly a different method of fishing. Well done capturing it. I do have some fond memories of my time in Canada. Thanks for taking me along. 😀 xx
Thank you more for joining me Lea. It makes the experience better. <3
Great experience and excellent company Cindy, what more could one ask for? <3
You got your motor running ~
Lovely bears. I’ve tried catching salmon that way. It doesn’t work whilst in the bath. 😀 😀
Bummer! You may need to expand your aquatic horizons and attempt something more like a pool!
OK, I’ll take that as my cue (runs away in shame). 🙂
cute teddy bears
They are indeed~
What a marvellous set-up – to think you were just 12 feet away from these glorious creatures.
It is absolutely amazing to have grizzly bears look you in the eye!
Wonderful to see the bears up close like this, thank you so much for sharing ☺🐾🐾
Thank you more for appreciating them!
Amazing experiences Cindy. They look so beautiful and I love to hear, that they are taken good care of and are protected against stupid humans 🙂
Amen to that & thank you. We killed all of them in California and they are our state mascot.
Very sad to hear that Cindy, what a shame…
Amazing! I love these.
So pleased you do & thank you~
Thank you Duncan & cheers to you~
wow, what a powerful experience, cindy.
It is. We had visited before for a day trip and always wanted to go back and stay. It is an amazing wildlife experience.
Stunning pictures, Cindy.
Thank you beary much! 🐻
This is so beautiful.Amazing work!
I am honored. Thank you kindly~
What wonderful creatures: we love bears! Pip and the boys
Bears are beautific, so pleased you enjoyed them~
Yikes, 12 feet up from grizzlies is rather close. I do not recall whether grizzlies climb trees, but the black bears around us do. Do not take your lunch with you.
Despite popular lore grizzlies can climb trees. They could attack us in the platforms but they are too busy eating and playing.
Your photographs are amazing, Cindy. 🙂
I am humbled. Thank you Ranu~
Interesting to see the activities. It is amazing that they are designed to fish even they are land animal. How they spent time indicates their intelligent. Thank you for sharing where you took these shots. Some pictures appear that you were not too far above the bear. I felt that could be a dangerous approach. You were on the safe platform that was good.
It is a fine line. On the one hand it would be foolhardy to to approach wild too grizzlies closely, on the other hand the popular lore about grizzlies is exaggerated, unless of course, you happen to experience bad luck, but, such is life. The best strategy is to follow safe bear viewing guidelines.
Very nice Cindy, just as long as he does not have in mind a photographer for lunch! 🙂
I think he finds salmon far tastier!
Always great photos Cindy. I always enjoy looking at them and the fine detail. Thanks.
Very pleased you like the 🐻🐻🐻 Wally and hope you are well my friend~
Thank you, I am.
It doesn’t look dangerous on your pictures.
The bears are focused on the salmon which is good~
Such wonderful captures of the Grizzlies Cindy! Thanks for an other song to stay with me all day!!
Grazie! Lou Reed’s Wild Side would have worked too~
The song is stuck in my head now, but it was worth it to see these beautiful photos.
I am so glad about the bears. Song sticking is annoying though. You may have to tune in to something different to clear it out~
Cindy…your posts on the wild bears are thrilling! What a marvel of nature you are experiencing first hand.
It is so encouraging for both of us to see healthy wild animals for a change~
There goes my salmon 🙂
I’ve fished with Alaskan Brown Bears (biologically the same as Grizzlies). We were after trout, they were gorging on Sockeye. Somehow, they knew and paid us absolutely no mind. No competition. It was very humbling to be on the ground with them all around and knowing that we were not at the top of the food chain. It is something I will never forget.
Yes. I have seen a fair number of wild grizzlies and experienced all of the emotions you mention. Luckily they either moved away or looked at me and go on about their business.
Absolutely amazing photographs!!!
Humbled & honored~ <3
Can’t imagine being there watch the bears. 🙂 Well captured! I like the third especially.
Thank you for the post, Cindy! 🙂 Btw, I’m back from my vacation, need plan for the next trip. 🙂
Looks like you had a wonderful time. Such a bother to have to unpack just to repack! 🙂
They are so incredibly interesting, and beautiful, and especially I know to photograph as you did so well. Thanks for all the info too, (where located, etc.) and how you captured these awesome photos, Cindy.
Awww, so motivating and encouraging! Thank you Joyce & cheers to you my friend~
I shared your last post (of the bears) on Facebook, and also sent the link to my 3 siblings to enjoy looking at your photos and posts. I think they will enjoy it too. They are not bloggers but they love looking at photos of wildlife, birds, etc. Hope you don’t mind my sharing it. Enjoy the time in B.C. 🙂
You are most privileged. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you more for appreciating Cynthia and be well my friend~
What a magnificent animal and you got some great photos of them.
That is the perfect word for them. They are magnificent.
Preocuparea Ta, pentru splendoarea Naturii este este un dar minunat!
Te apreciez și te admir cu toată ființa mea!
Felicitări din suflet.
Opera Ta este un Sincer Omagiu, adus CREAȚIEI!
Te îmbrățișez, emoționat!
Onu. Acesta este un așa fel de tine. Vă mulțumesc pentru natura iubitoare! Îți mulțumesc pentru bunătatea ta. Fii bine prietenul meu.<3 <3 <3
Cindy, nu am cuvinte pe măsură, prin care să-mi exprim emoția de a fi comuncat,fie și virtual, cu tine.Sincer, ar fi fost deosebit pentru mine, să ne fi cunoscut!Dar dacă puterea gândului este atotputernică, iar dorința este o formă de gând, sper să se petreacă această minune,fie și în clipe de vis!
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More beautiful photographs of the majestic grizzlies – thank you, Cindy!
Thank you for supporting the grizzlies. They need us! <3 <3
They do, indeed! The California grizzly, which was the “golden bear” that marks that state flag, is now extinct…we must preserve the bears that still exist!
Yes. I couldn’t agree with you more. Our follies regarding wildlife are legion and must stop~
Fabulous shots, Cindy. Love your title. 😀
I was considering Lou’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” Hey hon………
Both are such great songs. 😎
They are but I had to go with my best choice of what the bears would prefer……
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The bears and I thank you beary much for your support!
It must have been absolutely great to have observed these bears in their natural surroundings!💐
Yes. It was an incredible experience to see them happy, healthy, wild and free~
Nature has such beauty and you have captured it to perfection. Beautiful pictures
Ah, I’m honored. Thank you~
Sad that you don’t have any Grizzlies left in California. After seeing your wonderful pictures I am definitely going next year!
Wonderful. We picked the smaller, less expensive family operation and we very happy we did. I thought the viewing platform was better and there max 4 people on the boats, 6 on the platform, which gives you a more wildlife with less people. If I want to see people I can go to NYC!
Thank you for bringing me so close to these amazing animals! Nice shots!
Glad you paid them a visit!
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The spirit of the bears thank you Sharon for all you do for the wild ones. Sincere gratitude to you from me for your advocacy on behalf of all creatures great and small. <3 <3
The grizzlies are magnificent, as are your photos.
It was such an honor to look into their wild eyes~
I can only imagine.
Amazing and beautiful shots, Cindy. You can really see how individual each one is. I esp. love the blonde-faced one. 🙂
I nicknamed her blondie and she was so beautiful. She had a blonde cub too.
Sweet! She is indeed a beauty.
Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you more for appreciating the bears!
That’s so cool to be able to get up so close.
That must have been so fascinating to observe!
So different behaviorally than usually portrayed. They were playful and placid. They clearly loved swimming and eating, both of which I can well relate too!
Grizzlies are amazing! Thank you for sharing those cool photos of them, Cindy!
They are magnificent creatures aren’t they! So pleased you like them~
Great pictures, all of them, but the 4th image really showcases both their strength and flexibility!
Yes, we named her Blondie and she is a beaut!
Fab photos and post again Cindy! 🙂 <3
Merci beaucoup mon ami~
De rien Madame❣😘
These are amazing photos. What a great opportunity to see these animals safely and yet closely.
We are resting up now as these were long arduous days, but so worth the incredible experience~
It looks like it!
Si el oso es grandioso!
Cutest submarine ever. 💛
We all love the furry submarine!! <3
These give out the feel of crispy fresh air and clean clean water – no wonder the bears love it all 😀
They stay in the pool all day. Who knew how much they love their bath time!
Cindy, what a wonderful experience to see the grizzlies in the wild, so close! Stunning photos and I really get a feel for their characters – some cute enough to want to cuddle! Not a good idea…
Yes, they look deceptively warm & fuzzy don’t they. Explains the origins of the teddy bear~
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Born to be WILD
The bears and I thank you!
I think John Kay would approve!
Oh wow, great shots Cindy and very interesting to see their funny-looking method to pick out their tasty salmon meal 😉
Wonderful photos, I think grizzly bears eat lambs and kids as well as fish? I sang about a shepherdess in my Haugtussa cycle and she has to guard her flock against foxes and bears. I draw out storyboards for my songs and these photos would have been really helpful 😊. You go on some great adventures Cindy .
Thankfully there are no lambs or kids where these grizzly bears live. Deer and Moose would be on the menu though. Your story boards sound like they would make an interesting book. I hope you are keeping them.
You are brave. Even with a lens that keeps you away from the grizzlies! Love the title and the song. <3 Great photos as always. xox
Today we were hiking and there was fresh bear scat every few feet. It is more intimidating when hiking on our own.
Oh my! 🙂 True adventurers! Did you see any bears?
We did but only a 🐻 butt in hasty retreat! 🙂
How truly wonderful. <3
They are divine creatures. I knew you would love them too~
#3 is fabulous, Cindy (love them all, though)!
We named her Blondie. She is quite the looker!
These are beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing this trip with us all! The personalities of these individual bears come through in their pictures. Great job!
I noticed the personality differences too. Some looked quite mellow and others very fierce, some shy, some boisterous~
Ah cud hardlee tell th’ see any diffrens in them thar b’ars cuz ah wuz runnin’ so hard mah eyelids wuz flappin’ most th’ time….. Great pics, Wild Thang…, you made mah heart sang… Hahahahahha !!!!!!! 🙂 G’nite Cuz 🙂
They are bearilicious!
(image source google)
Amazzing photos, thank you or sharing
Glad you like the furry ones & cheers to you~
Wow Cindy. Gorgeous photos. I bet this was thrilling to be so near to the bears. I’m feeling the call of the wild myself. 🙂
I hope you answer the call and go somewhere that is wildly wonderful~
Thanks Cindy. Me too!
Amazing photos! I am so glad you explained the viewing situation because I could not imagine how you did this safely!
Now we are staying in rented house on north Vancouver Island and hiking trails everyday where there is fresh black bear scat every few feet. This scares me much more than the grizzly viewing. The people who live here are quite accoustomed to them though~
Yes that would scare me too! Be safe and enjoy!
Beautiful pics of some wonderfully awesome creatures, Cindy.
So happy you see the bears as I do Jack & cheers to you~
Fantastic bear pictures! The third one is my favorite.
We called her Blondie and she is gorgeous!
Absolutely stunning! You have to be dedicated to do this trip, which is what makes it that much more special. What a delightful experience to be so close to the grizzlies. Fantastic photos, Cindy.
It is exhausting but exhilarating. Your day starts at 6:30am and you are in the boat and field for 10 or more hours straight each day. You have to wear survival suits. It is worth it though, to see these creatures in abundance in their natural world.
Such remarkable pictures, Cindy. Thanks, too, for answering my question before I asked it – about your location as you took these photos.
I am happy you are interested and care. Be well Cynthia & cheers~
They look tame but know they are far more vicious than I care to even think about.
They can be~
Lindas imagens! Divertidas também!
Muchas gracias y abrazos amiga mia~
That must have been so amazing to watch them. Few people will ever get to see grizzlies in the wild. Thanks for the photos!
Thank you more for appreciating these magnificent creatures~
Wow, Cindy, just wow.
Exactly my thoughts Sheri! I love 🐻🐻🐻!
I’ve never head of viewing platforms. What a uniquely wonderful experience. Those bears do look sweet and cuddly but I know they could take you out with one swipe of their paw. Fantastic shots.
Yes, they can move very quickly and of course they are very powerful. They deserve our respect as the formidable animals they are.
Agreed! I love your attitude, Cindy.
Hello Cindy! It’s lovely to see so many grizzly bears since they are a threatened species. Thank you for showing people what we would be missing if they go extinct. Beautiful animals––beautiful pictures. <3
Yes. Seeing them in their natural environment makes even more fiercely protective of them. They are incredible creatures~
How brilliant to pair that song with the bears – perfect match!
Thank you. Such brilliant bears deserve a emblematic song~
The bears are so amazing and you can see their eyes and details like their fur so well in your photos, Cindy!
I really liked how the bears seem to be not concerned about life nor your scent upon the wind. . .
The Bear Necessities song came to mind from Jungke Book, as soon as I saw the first photo. 🙂
Oops, I scanned the comments and must have not pushed post comment and waited long enough!
Yes they were all Balloo bears and were having a beary nice day with an extended salmon brunch and dip in the pool!! 🐻🐻🐻
The strength of these animals are matched by their photogenic nature ~ and your skill 🙂 It must have been a dream watching these wild grizzlies of The Knight Inlet out there showing all the fishermen and outdoorsmen how it is done.
They are such incredible animals and to see so many of them and so many cubs in this wild remote setting is just thrilling. We had been here before, but only for a day. This time we stayed in a tiny cabin and it was an amazing experience, a gorgeous place, brimming with wild creatures. I got a message on my Sony the first day, “Your battery is exhausted!” Laughing……
This is a trip I’ve long desired to make…and to stay in a tiny cabin surrounding by the wilderness, yes, a perfect vacation for me. A drained battery is a sign of a good day’s work 🙂
When you are ready to go, let me know and I’ll tell you about the cabin. It was at the water’s edge, so when the tide was up, my sleeping side was at the waters edge. It was pretty magical….
This sounds soooooo good. Wow. 🙂
Plus, you fly in by float plane and go everywhere else by small open skiff. The photo ops are incredible. There are whales everywhere.
I want to go!!! Hmmm, looking at my calendar now 🙂 You will be my guide, correct?!?
Yes! Please do go Randall. I want you to see this.
What crazy awesome photo’s and congratulations to be guided there. Sounds like a real special opportunity. My heart beats a little faster just to think of you up in that tree stand, camera and lens in hand with these ferocious creatures lunching near. Good grief you are adventurous! Much to our pleasure 😀 xK
I just love seeing healthy wild animals in their natural environment. I feel fully alive around them and they never cease to thrill me. Only one bear looked at me like he might want to eat me. The others were just curious, and some seemed a bit melancholic. Maybe they were thinking of the long winter ahead with no spa days and no salmon brunches…..Poor bears~
Nature is beautiful
And animals are lovely
I share both beliefs whole-heartedly!
So sweet of You….. A beautiful Soul you are….. Grateful to you for having allowed me to meet you on path… NAMASTE 🙏
Visa versa 2UX2! <3 <3
Aww thank you ☺
Cindy, I have learned a lot from your blog. Now I’m risking to write in your language. I will got?
Oh I am impressed. I wish I could speak Portuguese but it is too difficult a language to pick up on a few trips. I speak Spanish & English interchangeably in Portugal. But, then, I speak English and Spanish interchangeably everywhere……Laughing!
* Oi Cindy, eu também não falo inglês, estou me utilizando da ajuda do Google. Fiz isso para facilitar a comunicação com as pessoas que não sabem o português.
Encontrei você no facebook, Estou muito feliz!
* Hi Cindy, I do not speak English, I’m using Google help. I did it to facilitate communication with people who do not know Portuguese.
I found you on facebook, I am very happy!
Sim, eu uso o Google para o Português. Por favor, mantenha comentando em Português. Isso me ajuda a aprender e praticar! <3 <3
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Thank you & cheers to you! Looking forward to being in Greece in two weeks~
THESE ARE THE BEST EVER CINDY, WELL DONE, CHINA
Your kindness is greatly appreciated! Thank you & be well.
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