Just when you thought nature was completely on the ropes, here’s a sight of the kind of abundance the world is supposed to contain. It survives to the present day, remarkably.
In a world of overfishing, where bears are killed for their gall bladders, here is a different kind of place. It’s a place where bears are protected, fish swarm, the air is filled with eagles, and people can watch it all at extremely close quarters from a very nicely managed and relatively safe viewing platform and blind.
The place is southeast Alaska. Access is controlled and protected by the U.S. Forest Service but private guides can get you in to see this ancient miracle at work on a daily basis. Our guide was Brenda Schwartz, 907-874-4157.
“In wildness is the preservation of the world,” Thoreau wrote famously. With sights like these, we can take the measure of humanity and can understand just how much has been lost elsewhere and how much can be maintained or regained, if and when and where we decide to share the world.