Grizzly bear country
This is the head of Khutze Inlet in the Great Bear Rainforest, with the morning mist rising from the mountains. Khutze inlet is a long narrow fjord off the inland passage to Alaska. The Khutze River comes down from the mountains here, fed by the spring melt of the high snow field seen on the mountain in the background. At larger sizes you can see one of the waterfalls coming down from the snowfields that feed the river. The river's estuary supports the growth of rich beds of sedge grass (the bright green flat area, best seen at larger sizes) that is a protein rich source of food for the grizzly bears after their long winter fast.
Other images from this beautiful remote area, including waterfalls coming down the avalanche slopes, can be seen here: http://goo.gl/Se35wc
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From Green and Khutze Inlets