Posts tagged British Columbia
T-44 - Transient Orca Whale Bones

Bringing an Orca Whale back to life is no easy task, but Mike and Michi have had plenty of experience. The pair have been re-articulating marine mammals at their studio on Salt Spring Island, in British Columbia for years. Most recently they have been working on T-44 a Transient Orca whale for the Telegraph Cove Whale Interpretive Centre. Which I was lucky enough to catch.

T-44 was first caught on camera in the area in 1978 and though never made a home in the North Island waters like the local residents, he was spotted a confirmed 161 times in his 32 years of life. Transient Whales diet differs from resident orca’s and they feed primarily on other marine mammals. At the time of T44’s death in 2009 he was found with two seal pup tags in his stomach as well as over 300 seal claws.  

 

 
 

Photographed April 2018 - Hasselblad X1D + 45mm Lens. 

 
 
Ringing in the New Years at Night in The Sunshine Valley
I look at my yesterdays for months past, and find them as good a lot of yesterdays as anybody might want. I sit there in the firelight and see them all. The hours that made them were good, and so were the moments that made the hours. I have had responsibilities and work, dangers and pleasure, good friends and a world without walls to live in.
— Beryl Markham
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The Black Tusk - 1740 meters. Two Days.

  It was 5:30 in the morning when the sun crested over the mountains. We'd started up to Garibaldi lake the day before and then in the depths of the night after two hours of sleep we packed up camp and set off through bear country for quite literally what felt like the top of the world. The Black Tusk.

The view was so ridiculous, and water so fresh we drank from the stream. We danced on the summit; exhausted, and freezing. Brian brewed some coffee with the last of our camping fuel, and with wet feet from the last of this year's snow we headed down on a high.

1740 meters. Two Days. Good Friends. SachinBrian and Mike.

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