Newsletter banner – The Maple Leaf anchored outside the Haida village of SGang Gwaay, at the southern tip of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, May 2010. Taken by Paul Smith.

Kevin and Maureen aboard the Maple Leaf in Alaska’s Tracy Arm. Taken by Mark Hobson.

Leaping Pacific white-sided dolphins, by James Warburton, taken on a Whales and Totems trip.

Maple Leaf in a sunny anchorage, by Kevin Smith.

Humpback whales check out the Maple Leaf in Whale Channel, by Kevin Smith.

The islands and channels of the Great Bear Rainforest from above, by Ian McAllister.

Guests in a zodiac by glacier in Alaska, by Paul Smith.

Poles at SGang Gwaay on a Haida Gwaii trip, by Paul Smith.

Potlatch mask from U’mista cultural centre, by Brian Falconer.

Sailing in the Gulf Islands on a family trip, October, by Kevin Smith.

Guests in zodiac in an Alaskan fjord, where plant growth is beginning to colonize rock laid bare recently by a receding glacier. Photo by Paul Smith.

Charlie Russell with grizzly bears, courtesy of Charlie Russell.

Jackie Hilderling showing resident killer whales’ identifying features, above Johnstone Strait, October 2010. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Val Sheppard on a misty Gulf Islands beach on our autumn Gulf Islands trip. Photo by James Warburton.

Humpback whale feeding near the Maple Leaf, in Gwaii Haanas, Haida Gwaii. Photo by Maple Leaf guest Anne Usher.

Humpback whales checking out the Maple Leaf in Whale Channel, Great Bear Rainforest. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Killer whales in Blackfish Sound in October. Photo by Kevin Smith.

The sun sets into a calm Pacific Ocean on the west side of the Great Bear Rainforest, June 2010. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Naturalist Heidi Krajewsky and her binoculars, courtesy of Heidi.

Maureen scanning the mountains of the Inside Passage, Great Bear Rainforest in April. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Val in a cozy Maple Leaf fleece, shot outside our office by Paul Smith.

Photographing guests and crew photographing bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Humpback whales practising “percussive” or “flick feeding” in Haida Gwaii. Photo by Kevin Smith.