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Encounters with Wild Brown Bears – Part 1

A pair of the Wild Brown Bears on the side of one of the lakes captured by NaturesLens guest Trevor during the Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Outward Bound

As a keen wildlife photographer, I am always looking at ways to challenge myself so when Sean Weekly told me of availability on a trip to Finland to photograph the Wild Brown Bears, I jumped at it. I had met Sean on Skomer Island back in 2016 photographing the Atlantic Puffins & learnt so much in that short time I was confident that I would enjoy the trip even though it was my first organised wildlife trip.

An image of one of the Wild Brown Bears captured by NaturesLens guest Trevor during the Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

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Further encounters with the Wild Brown Bear – Part 2

An image of a large adult wild brown bear as he walks adjacent to the lake photographed during the NaturesLens photography holiday to photograph the Wild Brown Bear

This is part two of my blog about my encounters with the Wild Brown Bear of Finland – if you have missed it, please read part 1 here.

The amazing environment that the wild brown bears are found within photographed during the NaturesLens photography holiday to photograph the Wild Brown Bear

Night 4

Night 4 for me was a bit of a bust from a bear perspective. I chose to go into a single man hide for the night & was quietly confident of some good results. However, it was not to be as the wild brown bear sightings were too far away although there was some amusement as a very large male brown bear approached a nearby hide & the occupants started to panic as they were ‘over lensed’ for the shots & great panic ensued as the bear serenely walked past!

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Sorcha’s view of the land of the Wild Brown Bear

A portrait of one of the juvenile wild brown bears photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

I was very excited waiting for the day I was to head off to on an adventure to see &, hopefully, capture some images of the wild brown bears of Finland for myself. I had previously spent a wonderful weekend with NaturesLens on their “Birds of Prey Workshop” prior to going abroad, this was primarily to help hone my, admittedly, very basic photography skills when it comes to wildlife & the capture of images of nature.

After this taster I was keen to get going on my wild brown bear trip & to try out my newly acquired skills. The time soon came & I was in this wonderful boreal location where wild brown bears were to be found & it was just beautiful; watching the sun rise, set & rise again in a few hours in the land of the “midnight sun”, lakes with mist gathering & the white balls of cotton grass seeds swaying in the breeze.

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Wild Brown Bears in Black and White

Amongst the cotton grass, a young Finnish Brown Bear stands on his back legs captured during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Prior to my trip to Finland to photograph the Wild Brown Bears, I knew that I wanted to come away with a series of compelling & interesting black & white photographs.

With wildlife photography you can use monochrome to highlight the details of the animal or draw your viewers eyes directly to the subject of your image.

B&W images are also useful in turning distracting backgrounds into a dark uncluttered one. Probably the biggest reason I love shooting this way is that it keeps you focused on the actual composition & texture of the photo. It allows you to focus on shapes, light, shadows, lines, & small details allowing for a more interesting image. That is why some photos look more convincing & compelling in black & white than colour.

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Wolverines & Brown Bears of the Taiga Forest

A wolverine stood on the edge of the Taiga Forest amongst a field of cotton grass

It was not all about big Brown Bears during the Finland Photography Holiday in the Taiga Forest; we had opportunities to see other species too & this included the rather rare & elusive Wolverine!

A wolverine stood on the edge of the Taiga Forest amongst a field of cotton grass

Once abundant in numbers, the wolverine is now a very rare animal due to over-hunting. However it was certainly one of the main highlights from the Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday.

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Possible return to the Ice Bears of the Yukon

A Pair Of Sparring You Grizzly Bears On The Banks Of The Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

Although the 2018 trip to photograph the Ice Bears is already full – there is a possibility of us running the Ice Bears of the Yukon photography workshop again in 2019 or 2020, as with the 2018 trip there will only be a tiny number of places available, if you would be interested in joining one or other of us on this photography workshop deep in the wilds of the Yukon, then get in touch & we can send you details.

An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Of The Yukon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

The itinerary & dates would be very similar to the 2018 trip, so view the event page for those details – we will likely have to get a booking in at least 18 months – 2 years in advance, the window for this type of photography of the Ice Bears is a matter of only a few weeks.

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Announcing a visit to photograph the Grizzly Bears of the Taku River in British Columbia

Both a Grizzly Bear & a mature Bald Eagle on the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

We are pleased to announce a new photography holiday for August 2018, & to bring you a special offer in the form of both a reduced price & a reduced deposit for the period between Christmas & New Year. Why not head to British Columbia  with us in August 2018 for our new 11 day Grizzly Bears of the Taku River, British Columbia Photography Holiday, where we will transport you in by helicopter to a remote camp on the bank of a beautiful river – right in the heart of bear country? We virtually guarantee that you will return from this trip with a portfolio stuffed to the brim with fantastic images of adult bears, the younger bears, the landscape & more besides.

A young Grizzly Bear alongside the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

You will be completely immersed in the world of the Grizzly Bears of the Taku River from the moment you arrive, living within their forest environment from dawn until dusk. Bears of all ages, both male & female, will be present throughout your trip, so there are hugely diverse bear photography opportunities for you to utilise including the chance to photograph adorable grizzly cubs as they explore & learn to survive.

A pair of young Grizzly Bears leaping into the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography HolidayBoth a Grizzly Bear & a mature Bald Eagle on the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography HolidayAn immature bald eagle lands on a rocky bank in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp, which is beside the Taku River, are included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible. The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip which offers you another unique view of the landscape.

Our camp is that remote, that we fly in by helicopter, seen here hovering above the Taku river in British Columbia - just part of the experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

The nature of the trip means group sizes must be kept small to allow for the best possible experience for photographer & animal alike, so booking early is essential.

Just an example of the amazing Grizzly Bear photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Other trips to this venue are typically charged at £7999 for 6 days in the bear camp, we have negotiated a special rate allowing us to include 8 full days in the bear camp for the same price.

… The best part of this, we require a smaller deposit than normal to reserve a place – normally we require 20% – in this case, until 1st January 2017, the deposit is locked in at £1250.

Grizzly Bears of the Taku River Proposed Itinerary

04-Aug-18 – Day 1: Travel from UK to Whitehorse, arrival in Whitehorse & overnight.
05-Aug-18 – Day 2: Early shuttle bus transfer to Atlin (1.5 hours) & helicopter trip to our remote bear camp where your bear photography adventure begins.
06-Aug-18 – Day 3: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
07-Aug-18 – Day 4: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
08-Aug-18 – Day 5: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
09-Aug-18 – Day 6: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
10-Aug-18 – Day 7: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
09-Aug-18 – Day 8: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
10-Aug-18 – Day 9: Grizzly bear photography at our remote bear camp in the wilderness.
11-Aug-18 – Day 10: Morning flight by helicopter to Atlin & shuttle bus transfer back to Whitehorse.
12-Aug-18 – Day 11: Travel to UK.

More Grizzly Bears of the Taku River, British Columbia Images

A Grizzly Bear eating berries from one of the trees that border the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday A Grizzly Bears following a successful fishing excursion in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday A mature Grizzly Bear rubs itself against one of the trees that border the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday A pair of Grizzly Bears sparring in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday   All our photography opportunities are supervised & conducted in safe manner, enabling you to gain a stunning portfolio of bear images from the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday All our photography opportunities are supervised & conducted in safe manner, enabling you to gain the best from the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday  An immature bald eagle takes flight from the bed of the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday  Freshly prepared salmon, just one of the meals that nature & the Taku river provides on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday  Our camp is so remote, that we fly in by helicopter - just part of the experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday  The cabins that make up the camp border the Taku river in British Columbia, whilst they are basic, they are clean & comfortable - accomodation for the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Announcing a visit to the Ice Bears of the Yukon

An Atmospheric Image Of A Bear In The Landscape Of Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

We are pleased to announce a new photography holiday for October 2018, head to a remote river in the Yukon with us in October 2018 for our new 12 day Ice Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday, we will transport you in by helicopter to a remote camp on the bank of a beautiful frozen river – the specific conditions & sub-zero temperatures in & around this river transform the endemic grizzlies into ice bears, as their fur becomes frozen & frosted; completely changing their appearance as photography subjects.

A Close Encounter With A Grizzly Bear Covered In Ice Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

We can virtually guarantee that you will return from this trip with a portfolio stuffed to the brim with fantastic images of adult bears, their behaviour, the landscape & more besides.

One Of The Grizzly Bears Emerges From The Fishing Branch River Covered In Ice Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a journey to a national park in the Yukon region, Canada’s wildest & most unspoilt territory, to capture awe-inspiring images of the native grizzly bears as they feed on spawning salmon. This natural wonder only occurs for six weeks of the year, so the lucky few who get to witness this event will take home memories to treasure for years to come.

An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Of The Yukon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible. The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip which offers you another unique view of the landscape.

An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Rests During A Snow Shower Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

The nature of the trip means group sizes must be kept small to allow for the best possible experience for photographer & animal alike, so booking early is essential.

A Pair Of Sparring You Grizzly Bears On The Banks Of The Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

This trip is on the web site now, priced at £8499, however, we only have space for 2 photographers to join our exclusive group – the dates of which are 4th – 12th August 2018.

Ice Bears of the Yukon Availability Update

This photography holiday is now full, should you wish to participate in a future scheduling of the Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday, please contact us here & we can add your name to our waiting list.

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