Do you ever get that feeling, the more we do, the more there is to do? And often, how really important things in life – like going out taking pictures – get overwhelmed by less important but more urgent tasks?
I’ve just arranged to meet up for a beer with my old buddy Chris Morgan. It was Chris who introduced me to bears all those years ago, which suddenly reminded me that I hadn’t written about my recent experiences with the bears of Katmai National Park – something that’s important to me and which I’d promised at the end of the last newsletter.
I think sometimes it’s only when we stop completely and become mindful of ourselves that we remember what is truly valuable to us.
That’s what I experienced in Alaska this year. The outside world just stopped! A great beauty of Katmai is the utter isolation. There’s no phone signal, no WiFi, no radio or TV; no newspapers or any of the “noise” that gets in the way of just being. It’s you and the wilderness … and the bears.
And boy, were there bears! I had everything, from sparring sub-adults to big lumbering dominant males to mothers with newborn cubs. On one occasion a mother left her cubs with our group while she went off fishing. Can you imagine? A bear using humans to keep her cubs safe!
It’s for these moments that I do this job. They remind me who I am and why I became a wildlife photographer; they take me back to what I value most and cherish more.
Moments – that is what we create with our cameras.