Catching up in 2018: The latest photo news

After a long absence from my blog (it’s been over a year), I’m back with a dizzying array of new images, stories, news and links!

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Casper has a cub!

Casper and her first cub, Xeni (pronounced ‘honey’), in interior BC, September 2018

Casper, the beautiful, blonde starlet of my interior BC grizzly bear photo tours for the past seven years and of Chapter 8 of my latest book, Tall Tales, Long Lenses, showed up on the river this past September with her first ever cub! Last year she was completely absent from the river and we all feared she had been killed in the forest fires that ravaged BC last summer, or worse, had been shot as a trophy in the final season of the BC grizzly hunt last fall. But fear not, not only did she show up again this year, but she had a little bundle of joy tagging along behind her every step of the way!

Xeni looking absolutely adorable – Canon 1DX2, 500mm w 2x TC, 1/1000th @f10, ISO 2500

The photo tour this year also featured the first major snowfall I’ve ever witnessed at our secret location: we had seventeen inches over the course of three days, leading to some pretty cool shots of bears in the snow.

Casper and Xeni in a winter wonderland (can you spot Xeni?)

Of course, if you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram or even Twitter, you’ve likely seen a few of these already, so stay tuned next post for some all-new images that no one has seen yet (not even my wife)!

A grizzly walks through ice along the edge of the river on a frigid morning (it was -12)

Will trophy hunting grizzlies make the wilds safer?

For those of you that like to keep up-to-date on conservation issues related to bears in the U.S. and Canada (and beyond), this is an interesting take on whether or not trophy hunting grizzlies will make the wilderness safer for all of us, written by an avid outdoorsman and hunter from Montana, David Stalling. Well worth the read.

Will trophy hunting grizzly bears somehow make the wilderness a safer place to be?

Free shipping – exclusive blog offer

As a thank you for sticking with me over the years on this blog, I’d like to extend an offer of free shipping for any of the products on my website, to any of you in Canada or the United States. Simply visit my site, add whatever you want to the shopping cart (my wildlife greeting cards, my new book Tall Tales, my latest wolf book, etc) and enter the promo code ‘blog’ (without the apostrophes) when you check out to take advantage of this offer. Offer expires on October 31st, 2018. 

Note that there are some restrictions to this for orders from remote parts of Canada. Also note that those of you located overseas can most easily order my Tall Tales, Long Lenses book from your country’s Amazon website or from YPD Books in England at an excellent price with low shipping rates.

The latest EXPOSED episodes

And finally, if you’ve got a hankering for catching up on some of my EXPOSED with John E. Marriott web episodes, check out our latest and subscribe to the channel if you’d like to get updates as they happen. We’ve got a huge schedule of episodes planned for 2019, including an episode on Casper!

The EXPOSED with John E. Marriott web series on Youtube

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Two NEW Exposed episodes!

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of blog posts of late, but I’ve had a lot on the cooker, including two brand new EXPOSED episodes, one of which was our first episode to crack 100,000 viewers!

Join me for the Season 2 opener of EXPOSED on the adventure of a lifetime to photograph ice grizzlies on the Arctic Circle in the northern Yukon! Watch it below and let me know what you think!

Season 2, Episode 1 takes you along with me into the boreal forest on the Arctic Circle in search of ice grizzlies!
We recently followed that up with another hard-hitting episode on the Trophy Grizzly Bear Hunt in British Columbia that examines the questionable politics behind the hunt as the election in BC nears on May 9th. 
Season 2, Episode 2 takes a look behind-the-scenes at the politics surrounding the trophy grizzly hunt in BC

And don’t forget that you can view all of our episodes, including our Extras, on our YouTube channel  or on our website at

Thanks for your support everyone!

EXPOSED: How-to Photograph the Northern Lights

Ever wonder what settings you should have your camera at for shooting the aurora borealis? Struggle with how to compose your images in the dark? Then check out this great new How-to video we put together over at EXPOSED and enjoy some spectacular time-lapses and shots from southern Nunavut and the northern Yukon along the way.

How to Photograph the Northern Lights — the latest episode from my EXPOSED web series

Let me know if you’d like to see more How-To videos in the Comments below.

And stay tuned in the coming weeks for all of my 2017 dates for my tours and workshops.

Thanks everyone.


2016 NLWS Fundraiser and Great Prizes!

It’s that time of year again…fundraiser time for the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter! And our prizes this year for donors are amazing: they include a bear viewing trip for two to the Great Bear Rainforest, 8 photo prints from a variety of amazing wildlife photographers, a Day in the Field with me, and a private, exclusive day at the shelter helping out with the baby bears!

You can watch the video here: and you can check out all of the fundraiser details, including how to Donate, here:

Our latest EXPOSED special episode is aiming to raise $35K for a new black bear cub enclosure

Donations will be open until midnight on Monday, August 22nd.

Thanks everyone, please donate now!


Banff Wolf Killed (same story every two weeks)

 At 8 p.m. last night, Parks Canada killed a yearling female wolf near Lake Minnewanka for what was described as “bold behaviour,” after the wolf repeatedly got into garbage left out by campers at the Two Jack Lake campsites and overflow campsite.

It was just the latest in a ridiculously long list of incidents and deaths in Banff at the hands of man for the latest Bow Valley wolf family, the wolves known as the Banff Town pack:

January 21st: Wildlife experts worry about habituation after Banff wolves spotted eating garbage (pathetically, the two construction companies that started this whole thing were only fined $1,000 each)

June 2nd: ‘Things are looking bleak’ for the Bow Valley wolf pack in Banff National Park

June 7th: Female wolf killed in Banff National Park after aggressive behaviour

June 16th: Applying fear so Banff wolves steer clear

June 18th: Wolf pup killed by train in Banff National Park

July 4th: Three more wolf pack pups killed

July 20th: ‘Problematic’ wolf gets into campsite garbage

July 21st: Alpha male, pack, limping through 2016

August 3rd: National Park bans tents at Two Jack Lake campgrounds due to wolf

And, finally, today’s news that came as a shock to no one that has been following the demise of this wolf family closely: Banff National Park kills wolf involved in campground incidents

The Banff Town pack in happier times — November 2015

So to be blunt: WTF is going on in Banff?

Twenty years ago, in 1996, the Bow Valley Study was commissioned to look at the effects humans were having on Banff and the Bow Valley. Their summary report was titled ‘Banff-Bow Valley: At the Crossroads.’

Today, we can look back and clearly see which direction the Parks Canada Agency has taken from that crossroads with our beloved Bow Valley. Few recommendations from that report have ever been implemented and there is hardly a piece of the Bow Valley that is now not much worse off than it was twenty years ago in terms of ecological integrity and protection. Rather than ramp up protection for the habitat and the wildlife in the valley, Parks Canada has instead ambitiously and blindly pursued an increase in tourism and visitation while simultaneously decreasing funding and staffing.

In short, Banff National Park, the crown jewel of the Canadian national parks system, is now critically underfunded, understaffed, under protected and over visited.

The staff on the ground are being worked to the bone, bleeding their souls back into the park; but at this point, they’re fighting a losing battle. Every action they take is reactionary, not precautionary, because they simply don’t have the manpower or the will from Ottawa to truly take charge of the situation and right the ship.

Peter Dettling warned of the pending storm in his book, The Will of the Land. So too did Gunther Bloch in my book with him this past July, The Pipestones: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family. But frankly, so too did the Bow Valley Study twenty years ago.

Perhaps it’s finally time to start to question whether Banff National Park is still our crown jewel. Is it even still worthy of being included in UNESCO’s world heritage sites?

How has our national park failed so miserably? In recent weeks, the Banff Town wolf family has been “accidentally” and intentionally fed, trapped, collared, killed by Parks Canada staff, and killed by CPR trains. What started as two wolves meeting in the valley for the first time in the winter of 2015 — having three pups in 2015, then having six more pups in 2016 — and heading into this spring as a family of 11, has completely disintegrated into a limping male, two yearlings (including one that’s also on a death watch for getting into garbage) and maybe, if we’re lucky, one or two surviving pups, though no one really knows at this point.

Yes, Parks Canada has increased information patrols, public outreach, and citations. But it’s yet another case of way too little, way too late.

I’ll leave the final word on this devastating day for Canada’s most prominent national park to the Alberta organization, Wolf Matters, who says that for now Parks needs to step up the plate and close all of the campgrounds that have been affected before more wolves die:

Our species has proven that we cannot be trusted, whether through true ignorance, laziness, or disrespect, it doesn’t matter, we cannot be trusted and so the privilege [of camping in Banff] should be removed. There is nowhere else for these animals to go, this is their home. Outside the park they can be poisoned, snared, hunted 10 months of the year, shot from the air, and trapped — and inside the park….well, it seems they cannot live safely there either.

EXPOSED Ep. 6: Photographing Spirit Bears

We’re back with a brand new episode! Join me for Episode 6 on the adventure of a lifetime to photograph spirit bears (white kermode bears) in the heart of the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. Watch it below and let me know what you think in the Comments!

Episode 6 takes you along with me into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in BC in search of spirit bears!

And don’t forget that you can view all of our episodes, including our Extras, on our YouTube channel  or on our website at

Stay tuned next month for our seventh episode as we journey with John to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter and raise money to support their efforts releasing black and grizzly bear cubs back into the wild!

Killing Grizzlies – The Truth Behind the B.C. Trophy Hunt

EXPOSED is back for an in-depth second look examining the truths behind the trophy grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia, Canada. Why is there still a hunt? Is it the sport, the public demand, the politics, the science, or the economics?

Over 90% of British Columbians oppose the grizzly bear trophy hunt, yet, it continues…WHY?

Episode 5: Killing Grizzlies – The Truth Behind the B.C. Trophy Hunt delves into the issue with some hard-hitting facts that will make you want to get involved in the fight against the grizzly bear hunt by visiting our Take Action page at

Let me know what you think after watching the episode.

Thanks everyone,


Wolf Cover for Canadian Geographic Wins National Award

I just learned yesterday that for the second time in the last seven years, one of my covers with Canadian Geographic has won the Gold Award for Canadian magazine covers in 2015 as meted out by the Canadian Cover Awards.

A few of you may recall that my last wolf cover with Canadian Geographic, back in December 2009, also won several magazine awards and was the best-selling issue/cover in the history of Canadian Geographic magazine.