With our equipment and our backpacks ready, we set out at dawn the second day, on Stein’s tracks. It is a foggy morning, giving the landscape that special look I appreciate very much. But no reindeer within binoculars’ sight.
The skies clear up around midday and we finally spot the first herd. The mood is set and the situation brings us doubts. If those animals can once in a while stop to rest or feed on lichens, most of the time is spent travelling! Fast and far!
Difficult to spot, difficult to approach, difficult to follow. After a 12-hour hike, we understand by our silent looks, that taking pictures will be complicated. The following days only confirmed this presumption.
We then try to anticipate the route of the reindeer, taking into account the orientation of the winds, and what we hear about the latest position of the herd. From the car on roads or by foot on the surrounding peaks, our preoccupation is to scrutinize the landscape and find the herds, hoping to approach them in appropriate conditions for photography.
In the evening we camp in the tent or stay in one of the cabins of the Park, praying that tomorrow will bring more success. Unfortunately the circumstances that make a good picture for me have not been met. We haven’t had the opportunity to come close to the reindeer in the morning fog, in the humidity of the marshes or in dawn light. These are the hazards of nature and wildlife. We may hope but we can never guarantee.
And the following days were even more difficult as bad weather came up. Gone were the autumn colours. Temperatures had fallen and the north winds had shaken all the dead leaves from the trees. Winter is coming, and it is not to my dissatisfaction. I like this season of soft torpor. Let’s hope that snow will fall.
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