Today there is a very recent blog entry, whose pictures were taken in the last 72 hours.
This is a project I had planned for a long time: a picture series about the chamois in the north of France, the Vosges. Between Friday morning and Sunday morning I could dedicate myself to these great animals.
The Vosges are a low mountain range, but in places they have an alpine character. Chamois are very good climbers and often I could hardly look at them during their manoeuvres on the steep slopes, especially when the young chamois were present.
Early in the morning and in the evening they often stay on the high plateau, which was very convenient for me. The escape distance was very different. Several times I saw that they fled at over 100 meters. E.g. once from a small cat, which I found somehow funny, because chamois have nothing to fear from a cat, only from lynxes. One morning I saw them for 20 minutes only a few meters in front of me, which was a great experience. But more often I saw them only very far away.
Weather-wise everything was there, from bright sunshine to heavy thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday evening the drop in temperature was so enormous (from 29 to 15 degree within one hour) that Sunday morning dense fog stayed for a few hours due to the heavy rain - a good opportunity to go for landscape photography in the ancient forests. I will show this in the second part.
During the day, the light was mostly too harsh - in the heat, I stayed mostly in the cool hotel room and could use the time, however, in which I already worked out the pictures and wrote the blog report.
For me it was a great end of my wildlife season, which lasted a little longer this year. Now I'm gradually moving back towards landscapes, for example the heather bloom in Germany and Holland.