Earlier this week we made our way from Uvita to the Osa Peninsula. We stayed at Jaguar Jungle and to say the location is remote would be an understatement. There are two ways to get there - a 5 hour jungle hike, or a 1.5 hour boat ride along the coast. They are eco-friendly and off the grid when it comes to service and wifi 📴 There's no way to fit the highlights of the past few days into one post so here's one of many! It's perfectly situated between the jungle and the ocean which means lots of wildlife encounters! From bat rays jumping out of the ocean and hermit crabs migrating from one side of the beach to the other to monkeys, toucans, and macaws hanging out in the nearby trees 🐒 Our open air dorm room also had resident bats that hung out during the day and took off at night 🦇
That day I was chased by a grizzly bear was the day I learned a deep truth.
I had been praying for wisdom to know how to handle a very confusing relationship. It was challenging because the stakes were high. ✨
. Then one day, on a walk through the woods, I came face to face with a grizzly bear. A mother with cubs. She would do anything to protect her young . The stakes were high for her too.
I did all the things one should NOT do when facing a bear. First I ran. Then when I felt her breath on my back , I knew I couldn’t out run her. So I stopped, turned around, and looked her directly in the eye. I had a dog on a leash and slowly bent down to release him. All the while keeping eye contact with the bear. I spoke the only words that came to mind; “ I will not hurt you” . She rose up and stretched her paws wide. ✨
In a split second she turned and ran back into her den. I ran top speed in the other direction.
The next day, I awoke to a clarity I had never known. All my senses were suddenly heightened and I knew I would walk away from this dysfunctional relationship .
The bear came as a teacher. She looked straight into my eyes and without a word, lit a fire in me. The fire illuminated the truth that, sometimes doing the wrong thing the right way, can save your life.
I am grateful for this encounter and for the powerful reminder of my own sacred fire and how it lights the way 🔥 .
This was the best bush camp experience.. We had eles, spotted hyenas, leopards and even wild dogs passing through camp!
It was a rustic set up with a generator to power electricity for only a few hours a day, a donkey to heat water for our outdoor bucket showers, outdoor toilets, and we slept in dome canvas tents falling asleep to the sound of nightjars and scops owls. The best life!
This guy came strolling right by camp during our down-time. 😁
Juvenile Coypu at Lake Kerkini - photographed whilst filming the latest of my vlog episodes during my short winter landscape/wildlife photography tour of Greece.. see the whole video on my YouTube channel.. search for GEO Pictorial.. hope you enjoy..! g
4 7620 March, 2019
Reposted from @wildwoyages - Can you guess what this is?
Do you love Zebras as much as we do? Don't forget that each year more than 2 million Zebras migrate from the Serengeti to Kenya. This trip is about 500 miles and includes a large circle of wildlife such as wildebeest and other animals. A real spectacle worth witnessing!