The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. Wildlife Viewing Algonquin offers good opportunities for wildlife, and is unequalled in Ontario for seeing moose. Moose viewing is best in spring, early summer and during the mating season in late September. White-tailed deer and bear also inhabit the Park. Algonquin is famous for its Wolves which are heard but not often seen. More than 260 bird species have been recorded in the Park. Many southern and overseas birders make special trips to Algonquin just to see northern specialties such as the Gray Jay and the Spruce Grouse, not to mention the rich variety of warblers or Algonquin's most famous bird of all -- the Common Loon, found nesting on just about every lake. Over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers are located within the park. It is the oldest provincial park in Canada having been established in 1893. Additions since its creation have increased the park to its current size of about 7653 square Kilometers. Photos from Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada
Great Bear Rain Forest
Pictures from the "Great Bear Rain Forest" located on the coast of British Columbia, Canada The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the "Spirit Bear", is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the north coast of British Columbia, and noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the "blond" brown bears of Alaska's “ABC Islands” than other members of their species. Because of their ghost-like appearance, "spirit bears" hold a prominent place in the mythology of the Canadian First Nations of the area. A male Kermode bear can reach 225 kg (500 lb) or more, females are much smaller with a maximum weight of 135 kg (300 lb). Straight up it stands 180 cm (6 ft) tall.
Profile & Awards
December 2007 .... Bill was honoured with Honourable Mention with National Geographic Magazine, International Photo Competition. His winning Image of a Great Blue Heron in conflict with a Mallard Duck. The HM was very meaningful to Bill and feels Very Honoured to be recognized with such an amazing Competion. With over 148,000 entries Bill feels like a First Place winner. More COMING SOON hopefully!
Grizzlies of the Khutzeymateen
Each year, for a Month straddling May and June , the Grizzly Bears of British Columbia's KHUTZEYMATEEN Inlet gather to eat fresh sedge grass on the estuary and at the mouths of several rivers along it. This remote inlet, Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary When the Bears come down to feed , the Mountain Tops are stll draped in winter snow down to waters edge in places. Beyond the wet sedge meadows, are Valleys, one of the planets few remaing Temperate Rain Forest !