Some years back, I traveled into the wilds of the Central Coast of BC with my friend and guide Douglas Neasloss, now chief of the First Nations’ community Kitasoo GitGat, in hopes of finding and photographing the elusive White Spirit Bears in their natural habitat. We were skeptical after running into 4 others on their way home from unsuccessfully searching for these elusive bears for four weeks. By some miracle, we found them.
When I got over my initial fear and began to relax, I discovered that I was in the midst of thee most exquisite landscape I had ever witnessed, standing 5 feet away from the most beautiful 700 lb white mama bear and her two 1 year old baby black cubs. For some reason, us being there didn’t seem to threaten her at all. As the days unfolded, I began to see the similarities between the mama bear and her cubs, and my own personal situation being a single parent with two small children. My struggles were her struggles and vice versa. To my surprise, I also began to see my strength and beauty reflected in hers.
That simple fact touched me deeply. I felt such a compassionate connection with her and saw the love in her eyes when she looked at her cubs. There seemed to be a mutual respect between us. I suppose there was a reason she let us spend three days in and around her and her cubs while she taught them the laws of the land and the skills of salmon fishing. Perhaps she felt the connection as well and it somehow helped us both not feel quite so alone. I am drawn to helping preserve this tenuous landscape and the last of our large beasts.
What seems to touch me most in today’s world, is both how we as a human race have greedily burned through thousands of years of natural resources in less than 100 yrs, and how we can be so negligent with our beautiful natural world, which I believe is our true source of fulfillment.
In all its magnificence, our beautiful planet is asking for nothing but to be cherished, protected, and its balance respected.
I believe we all need to do our part .