Dave’s photography blog

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Here I talk about various different topics related to nature photography.

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What do Grizzly Bears eat in the fall other than salmon?

grizzly bear, bears, british columbia, wildlife photography, dave hutchison photography, wlidlife

Grizzly bear looking for roots, Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet, BC CANADA

While co-leading a recent workshop in the southern Great Bear Rainforest this past September, I learned something new.
A grizzly bear searching (and digging) for rice roots at Glendale Cove (near Knight Inlet), accessed from Vancouver Island.
Did you know rice roots are high in carbohydrates and protein for grizzly bears and they spend hours digging through the soil to find those special roots. Rice roots grow in most open places near the coast, including meadows, open forests, streambanks, immediately along shorelines and in estuaries and salt marshes.
Grizzlies eat the same roots the indigenous peoples harvested in the past. They usually harvested small rice like bulblets and replanted the larger “grandmother” bulb. The bulbs provided an important source of sugar and starch and were often eaten with eulachon oil or grease. Changes in access to and degradation of traditional harvest areas have limited use of this food in recent years.

Wildlife Photography and Gear!


Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

As part of the my new web site launch, I now have a Blog.  The Blog is a place where I can review products and generally discuss interesting topics in nature photography.  One topics that comes up often is about lens, and specifically which lens to buy (or borrow) for wildlife photography.  Well I can tell you one thing, there no magic solution.  In other words there is no substitute for fast auto focus and fast glass.  What do I mean by fast auto?  In simple terms the higher end the camera body the more finely tuned the auto focus becomes.  It is more precise and faster when you spend more money.  As for lenses, the “brighter” the lens (wider aperture, lower number) the faster the lens.  For example, f/2.8 and f/4 lens are fast as they let lots of light enter the camera.  When both the finely tuned camera body and a bright lens come together it is much more predictable what can be captured, but everything has limits.  Stay tuned for more on my next Blog post coming soon.


Where did all the people go?


Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, BC

Gabriola Island is such a cool little island located in the Gulf Islands close to Vancouver Island, BC.  Funny story with this long exposure image .. read on!  So I set up, and started to record the scene (5-1/2 mins).  After about a minute, 2 young adults walk by with there floating lawn chairs ready for an afternoon of summer time fun. Thought my image was ruined.  Then another person came by, and then in the last 30 seconds someone stood to the far right and tried to stay out of the way. So four people in total … are ghosts and no ruined image.  Got to love 5-1/2 minute exposures … with no blurry people.⁠

Nikon gear, Singh-Ray Filters 15 stop mor-slo

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