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PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND: A NATIONAL TREASURE

Exhibition at Saanich Municipal Hall
770 Vernon Ave, Victoria BC
January 30 - February 26, 2013

This is an online version of the exhibition. The media, actual sizes and prices are at the end.
I encourage you to visit the exhibition in person and appreciate the power of large prints!





This exhibition is dedicated to Princess Royal Island: a wild place of an amazing beauty full of untamed wildlife and human history, and a home to numerous spirit bears.

Princess Royal Island is the fourth largest island in British Columbia. It is located along BC’s coast, approximately halfway between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert.

The island is largely wild; however, the area is rich in the First Nations culture and history, including abandoned settlements and active communities Klemtu on Swindle Island and Hartley Bay on BC's coast. A ghost town of Butedale, formerly a home to a fish canning factory, reminds about the island’s industrial past. Princess Royal Island is separated from the mainland by several channels forming part of the Inside Passage. The island and surrounding areas are frequently explored by organized wildlife and eco tours, and individual boaters and kayakers.

The climate is relatively mild and very wet, with average annual precipitation around 5,000 mm (for comparison, Amazon basin: 2,000 mm, Victoria BC: 600 mm). The island receives about as much precipitation over the driest months (June-August) as Victoria over a year.

Most of the island is covered with the temperate rainforest and is full of wildlife, including bears, deer, wolves, foxes, eagles and marbled murrelets. Salmon, sea lions, seals, orcas, porpoises and many other marine species inhabit or frequently visit island’s waters.

The most famous inhabitants of Princess Royal Island are spirit bears, known scientifically as Kermode bears, an extremely rare subspecies of American black bear, only known to exist in British Columbia’s temperate rainforest. These are black bears with a recessive gene that becomes active in some individuals producing a creamy-white coat.

National Geographic estimates their total wild population at 400-1,000 (for comparison, Giant Pandas: 1,600-3,000; Mountain Gorillas: 800). About 10% of bears on the island are spirit bears.

The spirit bear that you will see on one of the photographs is known locally as the National Geographic Bear, after it was featured in the August 2011 issue of the National Geographic.


Sources: Wikipedia, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Environment Canada, The Weather Network






Fog





Sea Star Consuming a Clam





Spirit Bear Hunting for Salmon





"Iceberg"





Diving Humpback Whale and Passing Birds





Just Try to Take It Away!





Waterfalls





Wolf on a Rocky Outcrop III





Creek Estuary





Foggy Morning with Sun Reflection





Creek in Fog



PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND: A NATIONAL TREASURE

MEDIUM, SIZE AND PRICE

THE PRICES ARE FOR MATTED AND FRAMED PRINTS

Photograph

Title

Medium

Size

(including frame)

Price

(plus GST/HST)

Sea Star

Consuming a Clam

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Fog

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

“Iceberg“

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Wolf

on a Rocky Outcrop III

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Creek Estuary

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Waterfalls

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Just Try to Take It Away!

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Diving Humpback Whale

and Passing Birds

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Spirit Bear Hunting for Salmon

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Creek in Fog

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350

Foggy Morning with Sun Reflection

Inkjet photo print on paper

18x24

350



 

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