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The Blue Bear Paperback – 7 Aug 2003
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'The Blue Bear is sublime. Schooler threads us into the intimacy of Alaska's nature' New York Times Book Review
His body twisted by adolescent scoliosis, Lynn Schooler's soul was scarred from the loneliness of someone who, at an early age, stood 'at a strange angle to the rest of the world'. He made a life on the slim crescent of remote Alaskan coastline surrounding the city of Juneau, a place where he was least likely to encounter people. In 1990, celebrated Japanese photographer Michio Hoshino hired Schooler to help him shoot a segment on humpback whales in Glacier Bay, and the two formed a profound friendship. Their conversations often revolved around the glacier bear (known as the blue bear for its unique granite-coloured fur), a nearly extinct creature so rare that it is shrouded in legend. Together, the two men became obsessed with finding the animal, every year searching through Ice-Age vistas to capture the blue bear on film. Their obsession cost Hoshino his life when he was killed by a grizzly bear - but alone in the eighth year, Schooler finally found and photographed the elusive creature.See all Product description
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Lynn's story touches on amazing encounters with Whales, Glaciers, Storms and Bears - mostly in the company of his good friend Michio Hoshino. There is a genuinely 'good' view of life in this story, and it is clearly a view which Lynn and Michio shared. Michio sounds like a truly amazing man, and the strength and warmth of these mens friendship emanates from the pages of this book.
'The Blue Bear' will appeal to anyone with an interest in Alaska and its wildlife, environment and way of life. It will appeal to adventurers, nature lovers and photographers alike (the descriptions of why and how Michio composes his shots are so well explained - this is a real strength for Lynn, he explains everything in a straightforward way that really makes sense.)
Highly recommended. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I would have liked more photographs!
An excellent adventure in Alaska without leaving your armchair - although you may be tempted to go after reading this!
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