Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – End of the Trail

Canada, Manitoba, Churchill, Underwater view of young Beluga Whale calf swimming with mother and pod near mouth of Hudson Bay

At the end of it all, I’m back where I started. Four summers ago, I loaded up the truck with 500 pounds of gear and set off for Hudson Bay, hoping to photograph the beluga whales here in Churchill, and maybe see a polar bear or two. More than two weeks of bashing myself stupid […]


2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – Once is Enough

I don’t ever need to do that again. An old Inuit hunter once told me that before you cross Wager Bay, you must confess in a loud voice all your sins. I worked my way down the list through Pride, Lust, Greed and Vanity, but I must have overlooked a few. Or maybe I needed […]


2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – The View from Above

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This changes everything. Like most boys, I dreamt of flying. My young nights filled with aerial adventures that come crashing to earth with the morning alarm. And like most men, I lacked the ambition, attention span or available stockpile of cash to make those dreams a reality. These days, most of my flying dreams are […]


2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – A Very Repulse Welcome

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I wonder who should play me in the movie. My short visit to Repulse Bay, a remote and insular Inuit hunting village perched on the arctic circle has all the dramatic trappings of good, pulp cinema. Though I’m still trying to figure what kind of story it is, or even who are the good guys […]


2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – Prisoner of the Wind

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Every time you step out the front door, you put yourself at the mercy of the elements. Traffic is snarled, flights are cancelled and you can rest assured that it’s going to rain on someone’s parade. Today seems to be my turn. For a small boat out on the water, there’s a special circle of […]


2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – Heading North

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After days of utter calm, the wind returns like a jilted lover in a country song; howling with rage, waving a pistol and busting up the furniture. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. For three days I motored north and east, making a stately five knots over glassy seas. At times, it was practically […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Away We Go

C-Dory at Marble LoRes

It’s time to go. All the same, I keep finding small excuses to stay. I need more fuel. Have to edit that video. Might need some more groceries. Facebook beckons. It’s time for lunch/coffee/a nap. With the wind and fog, I had an excuse. But the easterlies have gone and the fog is only an […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Tour the Boat

Canada, Nunavut Territory, C-Dory expedition boat trapped by sea ice on shores of Vansittart Island along Frozen Strait

This boat. This 22-foot floating fiberglass money pit. For the summer it’s my home, my office and my bedroom. It’s also my jail cell and my ticket to adventure, my shelter through the storms to come and my private little shop of horrors. I’ve often compared her to a VW camper of the sea, but […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Into the Sea

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This whole thing feels like it’s held together with baling wire and wishing thinking. But has it ever been otherwise? After all the running around, stringing wires and stowing cases, it comes down to this: will the boat float and can I make her go. I mention to my friend Chesley that it seems as […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Flying to Nunavut

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Flying north from Thompson, we leave the road system behind and head north for an hour toward Hudson Bay under skies full of promise and over miles of mosquito-plagued tundra. We land in Churchill to drop off 90% of our passengers, and pick up cargo and fuel. I study a massive polar bear carcass strung up in a […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Thompson, Manitoba

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During more than 2000 miles of driving, there are no epiphanies, just cloying little aphorisms. “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” “Sitting on the couch is free, but where does that get you.” Actually, sitting on the couch, cold martini in hand, watching Mad Men re-reruns sounds pretty good right now. So far, this trip […]


On the Road Across Canada

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It’s 2:45 in the morning, and I bolt awake, my brain spinning in full hamster-wheel mode. I am so not ready for this. But the sun comes up whether I’m ready or not. And soon, it’s time to go. My eyes brim with tears as I hold Janet in my arms. Despair grips me. Is […]


2015 Hudson Bay Expedition

Northern Lights above Expedition Boat, Nunavut, Canada

For weeks, I’ve been packing as if my life depends on it. Because, not to be a drama queen, it kind of does. How do you prepare for six weeks alone on a boat in the Canadian arctic? Most modern explorers take the travel light and move fast approach. I’m more of a kitchen sink […]


2014 Asferico Nature Photo Competition Grand Prize

Talking about pictures is often a funny thing. It’s easy to take a simple question and way overthink it. People sometimes ask me, how long did it take to get that shot? On the one hand, it’s pretty simple stuff. Something interesting happens and you push the damn button and hope for the best. The […]


2013 National Geographic Photo Contest Grand Prize

Grand Prize and Nature Winner Paul Souders, Seattle, Washington The Ice Bear Christmas came early this year, when a short email arrived announcing that my polar bear image won Grand Prize in the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest. I am looking forward to finally, after 30 long years of working as a professional photographer, visiting […]


2013 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Animals in Their Environment

Polar Bear, Hudson Bay, Canada

Polar Bear lurking beneath melting sea ice on Hudson Bay, Canada. Photographed July 11, 2012 using a Canon 7D camera, 10-22mm lens and at the end of a six-foot camera boom. Exposure 1/320 second at f/4. I had been making noise for years about going to Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears. The town of […]


Frozen Strait, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Underwater View of Walrus, Hudson Bay, Nunavut, Canada

Underwater view of male Walrus swimming in Frozen Strait, near the arctic circle in Canada’s Nunavut Territory. Photographed August 6, 2013 with a Canon 7D camera and 8-15mm f/4 lens at 1/640 f/6.3, housed in an AquaTech underwater housing. One day I was driving my 22-foot C-Dory through open water near the arctic circle, wondering […]


Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Steller's Sea Lion Underwater, British Columbia, Canada

Underwater view of a young Steller’s Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus) opening its jaws while playing on the ocean floor on a winter morning. Photographed January 19, 2009 using a Canon EOS-1Ds and 16-35mm f/2.8 lens and a Seacam underwater housing and Inon flashes. Exposure 1/125 at f/8 and ISO 320. Purchase Fine Art Print | […]


Hornby Island, Canada

Steller's Sea Lion Underwater, British Columbia, Canada

Underwater view of two playful Steller’s Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus) near Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada. “There’s a sea lion attached to my head, biting down just hard enough to get my undivided attention. Swarmed by a gang of adolescent pinniped delinquents, I feel like the new guy on his first day in prison. My last […]


Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Scuba Diver and Sea Lion, British Columbia, Canada

There’s a sea lion attached to my head, biting down just hard enough to get my undivided attention. Swarmed by a gang of adolescent pinniped delinquents, I feel like the new guy on his first day in prison. We’re out on our first day diving with Rob and Amanda off Hornby Island, a small speck […]