Image (c) Paul Smith

This beautiful photo by first mate Paul Smith shows a grizzly sow in her autumn world: a brilliant green and gold estuary, where a small river lets salmon penetrate the rainforest after a journey up a coastal fjord.

In the company of gulls, ravens, eagles and a host of other creatures, she’ll spend almost every day in this spot in all kinds of weather. Some years, she’ll have a cub or two with her. Some years, she’ll be on her own. From the Great Bear Rainforest.

See the full size photo on Maple Leaf’s Photo of the Month page.

Read about the Great Bear Rainforest tour.