Driven to photograph bears of all species I went to Canada. The first trip was on a Tundra Buggy for a few days, and I had a young driver who recognized my passion and gave me special access. His name was Paul Nicklin, who has gone on to become one of the greatest environmentalists and National Geographic photographers of all time. But even with that I wanted different photographs, so I found out about a small lodge run by Native Americans. You go south about an hour by train from Churchill and get dropped off in the middle of the tundra at night, in the dead of winter. No roads, no buildings. They tell you to wait, then the train leaves. In a little while lights come toward you and you get picked up in a tracked vehicle. You stay in a building that was part of the DEW line from the 1950's. We did not see any bears for 7 days. Finally, on the afternoon the day before leaving, we saw this mother with 3 cubs. I made this photograph just at dusk.