The closeness fostered by wildlife portraiture illustrates how our own humanity is reflected in the animals we share space, sustenance, and life with. We are not apart from, but a part of local and global ecosystems; the actions we’ve taken that endanger nature endanger us as well. Shining light on the species that are vital to our delicate ecosystems provides a gateway to conservation and education initiatives. This life-size piece captures the unique presence, location, and impression of one of British Columbia’s Spirit Bears. The encounter, experienced by professional photographer and Sprit Bear Lodge Lead Guide, Jack Plant, was with this female Spirit Bear along the shoreline of Klemtu, BC.