When Parsons and Winter arrived it was almost 3 p.m. and the light was near perfect for shooting, although the Vancouver Island glass wasn’t ready to appear just yet. Despite a modest breeze, we ventured out of the marina in search of protected shorelines. To get shots of Winter and Parsons skiing out of the narrow mouth of the river where a blind turn gave the effect of the boat and skier appearing out of nowhere, I took off my air cast and got in the shallow water. There’s something great about being literally immersed in nature. I wondered what animals were checking me out as I waited for the guys to ski past me.
While we were there, Shorsky’s ski buddy Pete Viinikka told us a crazy story that happened right in the same area as my shooting location. “I remember one set in particular soon after I moved to the island from Edmonton about 10 years ago,” he says. “I skied into the narrow mouth of the river and it wasn’t until I was halfway through my turn that I realized I was about 10 feet from a black bear wading in the shallow water. I think it shocked us both.”