The speaker, Geoff Evans (who in his day job is a racehorse stud owner in Newmarket) had come to talk about Alaska, but actually it was about his 4 week holiday in Alaska in 2004 which, he told us with some pride, had cost him and his wife £13,000!
His photos of this incredible holiday started with arrival at Anchorage, then the small planes they flew on to get to the cabins and trekking areas.
The main purpose of going to the area they visited is to see the bears and the photos he had taken were stunning. They have guides with rifles to accompany them while walking through the paths and then across a river on a special bridge which has iron gates at each end providing a safe area. During the summer the bears spend a lot of their time by the river catching the salmon which are on their way back up river and this is where he got the best photos of bears and their cubs. Brown bears are solitary creatures but tolerate each other to mate and fish at this time of year. Females have a delayed pregnancy so they are pregnant through the winter and give birth while in hibernation then don't take the cubs out until late spring.
Males are HUGE and he had one photo that showed a big male and the battle scars from fights. When they stand on hind legs for a better view across the river they can be 10 foot tall.
I found THIS ONLINE if you want to read more about the bears of the Kodiak archipelago.
|photo of brown bear and cub from Google|
He also gives talks about Iceland, Borneo and Racehorses among other subjects so if I'm going to be going to 2 WI's next year seems I'm bound to be listening to his bad jokes again sometime!
Thank you for all the comments about the Job List yesterday