Today's 4th part of my Norway series came as a surprise and makes me totally happy - I hadn't taken my big tele lens with me on a trip to the north for a long time, as Christina and I are focused on landscapes and the corresponding hikes.
But as my new tele (800 PF) is very light, just about fits in the hand luggage and we had planned a trip to the musk oxen in advance, I packed it in the bag to bring along a couple of decent shots.
But somehow a certain dynamic developed that led to this series: it started with the fact that we had a few moose sightings during our stay in Rondane National Park and were able to take at least a few decent document photos. This had really put us into a moose fever, because we find these animals fascinating.
During the 2 and a half days in Dovrefjell the sightings continued, we saw moose almost every morning and evening (more than 40 mooses) - of course not always photographically interesting but a great nature experience. But the best thing was: it continued like this in Lofoten - after a great tour together with Steven Henrikson, whom we had met last year, we knew where it was worth looking for moose in Lofoten. And promptly we saw these great animals again. Our highlight of the trip was finally a whole moose family, including a huge bull that came within 20 metres of us.
But I didn't expect that either: for years we have been seeing Whooper Swans in Iceland and Norway again and again, but we never had a really photogenic light atmosphere at a good distance - until this trip, when I was able to spontaneously take a few pictures at a lake in the most beautiful evening light while driving through.
In addition, I was able to photograph a white-tailed eagle in beautiful backlight and once we visited the musk oxen for a few hours and got a few in front of the lens right at the first attempt. I have to say, however, that we won't be good musk ox photographers, as you have to approach them at appropriate - let's say courageous - distances for optimal quality 😅 But it was great to watch them.
So today I'm proud to present this series to you, which somehow came about "on the side" but is still one of my highlights.
I hope you enjoy the series,
Many greetings, Thomas 🖐