2018 was a whirlwind. Meetings. Pitches. Travel. Learning to do audio on YouTube. Turning our apartment into a wall-to-wall Post-it note storyboard. You see, we’re trying to create the first prototype of Nature Labs by fall 2019 and, as a result, we had fewer days in the field than ever before. Yet 2018 was good to us. We made our time in the Rocky Mountains count like never before, narrowing our search to specific individuals and landscapes we’ve come to know well while working to create the stories that will underpin Nature Labs.
In order of date, please enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of Nature Labs and what became our top wildlife encounters from 2018.
The Swimming Grizzly
While out for a wildlife drive earlier this summer, we pulled over to use the facilities in a roadside pull-off. When Simon flung open his door, guess who popped their head up to see what all the commotion was about? This five year old female grizzly, who we have known for several years.
Simon quickly (and quietly) closed the door and patiently waited while she continued to eat her fill of dandelions. But eventually the heat became too much. She needed to cool off in the nearby lake.
To witness a wild animal as powerful as a grizzly demonstrate complete and utter joy is something that is beyond words. Indeed, to have the opportunity to document this bear’s playfulness left us with huge smiles and full hearts.
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