Wildlife photography: Shirley & Horst Baender become one with nature in Canada's Arctic with Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures


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Professional Canadian Photographers
Horst & Shirley Baender

All photos on this webpage (unless stated otherwise) are copyrighted to Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved

Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures was proud to host Canadian pro photography team Horst & Shirley Baender, who traveled from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to the far North to join two weeks of our special 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trips. Horst has been involved in photography since the start of high school, taking photos of birds & bees and things that please. He was also a stock photographer with a number of agencies over the last thirty years. Due to the changing nature of stock, he quit that venue and instead he and Shirley market their images themselves by supplying retailers with products utilizing their images on products such as mouse pads, coffee cup coasters, art cards, as well as large framed images for office/home decor. Their retailer base includes four western provinces, the Yukon, NWT and soon Nunavut. All work is done 'in-house' by both Horst & Shirley, their main subject being unique prairie images, with wildlife being a relatively new subject. They have photographed the grizzly bears of the Khutzeymateen and the Kermodi bear of the west coast as well as polar bears in the Chuchill & Wapusk National Park areas.  Horst was educated as a forester at the University of B.C. in Vancouver, with additional field experience in Pleistscene (surficial) geology.

Horst & Shirley Baender on the tundra

Horst & Shirley had this to say about their trip to the mainland Arctic tundra with us:

Aurora & caribou rack - click to enlarge
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"To be 'one with nature' is a concept that most of us (read: “city dwellers”) dream euphemistically about.  We have no real concept of the true meaning of it."

 

 

"It isn’t until you witness a pair of peregrine falcons literally enjoying powerful updrafts, flying as if they are performing acrobatic stunts at a military air show, to show how it is really to be done, starting in a dive – pulling their wings tight to their body – speeding ever so fast downward in a vertical dive – and then heading straight upward in a powerful vertical rise, only to go headfirst into the next dive – at the same time vocalizing a long joyful wheeee sound every time the new descent was starting.  Was this show put on for us? - probably not – but rather to show their offspring the beauty of flight – but what a chance for us to be one with nature – to be able to share a bird’s pleasure for flight!"

 

Peregrine falcon near it's nest on the barrenlands - photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc - all rights reserved
Peregrine falcon roosting on the barrenlands - photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc - all rights reserved

 

Young caribou bull grazing on the Nunavut tundra - Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved
"To apply stealth tactics to get close to a caribou cow and calf, but then to learn to play on the caribou’s instinct for curiosity and in effect using a form of psychology to enable to get the images that you are after, you are learning to become one with nature."

"The biggest message of being one with nature though was when nature showed us all that she was in total and absolute control! When, searching the whole day for the herd of muskoxen that were seen the day before, and not finding them, mother nature has the whole herd pass by the camp the next morning within a hundred feet."

Musk-oxen herd grazing below rock cliffs near Chesterfield Inlet in Nunavut / Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved

 

Musk-ox bull standing guard / Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved

 

"She was toying with us though by bridling the arrival of the herd with winds of over 60 miles per hour forcing us to be more concerned with the logistics of the campsite rather photographing the herd." 

 

 

"To be fair to 'big Momma' though, she brought her whole herd back on the morning of our departure for ample photo opportunity – a guilt trip by mother nature? – I wonder!!"
Muskoxen in autumn colours / Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved

 

Barrenground caribou bull struts by in Nunavut / Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved

"The food in camp was wholesome, and the shelter was adequate, but the understanding and love of the north by Tom and his crew, and what it has to offer was examplitory.  With their expertise, not only did we get the images that we longed for, we also got to be one with natureWhat a bargain!!"

Shirley & Horst Baender
Moose Jaw, SK Canada

Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc.



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Rock ptarmigan are almost invisible with tundra boulder background / Photo Images by Horst Baender Inc. - all rights reserved

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