Spirit Bears, BC

September 18-26, 2012 FULL Arrive in Bella Bella by 9/18, as we depart at 7 am on the 19th via plane for the boat. Departure from Hartley Bay/Prince Rupert: 9/26, we arrive approximately noon. To ensure the best instruction, bear interaction and comfort aboard our vessel this workshop will be limited to a maximum of 7 participants. Join Award winning Master photographer Charles Glatzer, for an unparalleled photographic encounter with BC spirit, black and brown bears. Having hosted over 50 bear workshops to date Chas extensive knowledge of bear (black, brown, polar) behavior translates into better imagery for the participant. Knowing what to look for ahead of time can often mean the difference in capturing a mediocre image, or the image of a lifetime. 2008 and 2009 were so amazing and productive I have chosen to do this workshops again. Using our exquisitely maintained 71 ft sailing vessel as a base we explore salmon creeks and rivers in Coastal BC to photograph the Spirit, Black bear and the Coastal Grizzly Bear in a remote wilderness area away from crowds. The photographic opportunities are amazing. This trip will give you access to some of the best bear viewing locations in the world! The fall is a time of plenty and marine mammals such as the humpback whale are a common sight. To maximize our chances of a Spirit Bear, we will utilize native built viewing platforms in certain situations. We will also explore estuaries and bays, and watch the remarkable feat of salmon spawning. This is a multi-faceted trip, focusing not only on the Spirit Bears but also on the entire ecosystem in which they thrive. We will use our vessel as a base, and a motorized inflatable to transfer people between the boat and the shore. Itinerary Sept 18th; you must arrive in Bella Bella this day to prepare for an early morning departure 9/19. This itinerary is a sample only--the exact itinerary of your trip will be dictated by factors such as weather, tides, and group interest, with the crew working within the parameters of safety, time, and the highlights of the area. Sept 19th; early morning you will be flown from Bella Bella (Inland Air) to meet the boat in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest . We will head out right away to start exploring some of the best bear viewing areas. Days 20th-25th; these days are spent exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and enjoying the splendor of the surrounding area. Opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography will occur on each day; however, please be aware that the weather conditions and the location of wildlife will dictate the frequency of such activities. We will utilize viewing platforms as well as explore salmon creeks and rivers to try and see the Spirit Bear and the Coastal Grizzly Bear. The fall is a time of plenty and marine mammals such as the humpback whale are a common sight. The boat will be utilized as a base for sleeping and eating. We will have a chance to visit natural hot springs at the end of our days so bring along your suit. Sept 26th; the floatplane will arrive in the morning for your return trip to Prince Rupert by 12pm Our itinerary is flexible. The days are long and photo opportunities are abundant. We will make every effort to put you in the right place at the right time. This is your workshop, and we aim to please. We have timed this workshop with the salmon run, and we look forward to capturing many wonderful images of bears chasing and feeding on fish. Additionallyy, this is the best time to sight and photograph wolves as they feed on the remains of salmon. What's Included . . . STL Photo Instruction The services of a fully qualified skipper and crew Use of all gear available on board All meals from Lunch Day 2 to Breakfast Day 8 (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner) Floatplane from BB and PR to vessel Accommodations (double occ) on boat and in Bella Bella on Sept 18th. What's Not . . . Transportation between your home, Prince Rupert, B.C., and Bella Bella, BC (flight from Vancouver to Bella Bella available via Pacific Coast Airlines, www.pacificcoastal.com) (return flight from Prince Ruppert to Vancouver available www.hawkair.ca) Personal belongings and equipment as per 'Clothing & Equipment' list to be supplied Accommodations in Prince Rupert if desierd after trip Excess baggage charges! Any extra personal expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of chartered or scheduled aircraft. Fee: $5,900 Deposit methods accepted; check made payable to Shoot the Light (address below), Pay Pal to info@shootthelight.com, and credit card via a phone call to our office. To sign up contact us at; office 828-891-4082 e-mail info@shootthelight.com