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Cerf de Virginie, Finlande.
White-tailed deer, Finland.
Siblings having a "test" fight: a good lesson for these bears!
Wild brown bear cubs, Finland.
For some people, bears are these really cute animals. For some others, they are "dangerous" and should be avoided. One sure thing is that bears are magnificent animals and also an important species for their environment.
Aurore boréale depuis Helsinki, à quelques mètres de mon balcon.
Northern light in Helsinki, only few meters away from my balcony
Early bird visitor
Early morning - a small animal is running between the trees. After taking some pictures, this little one was looking straight at me. Maybe because of the excitement I moved too much and I produced some noise, or maybe the camera shutter sound was too loud.
Small animal but still: a good encounter and a great feeling in the Finnish wilderness.
Lorsque l´hiver envahit la Mer Baltique.
When winter is invading the Baltic Sea.
The light is going down but life appears from the forest. A bear is taking its "nightly walk" along a lake to inspect the place. This scene happens almost every night here in Finland when bears are awake from hibernation, but showing it in a picture is an other story.
Capturing these moments to share it with others is the best way to understand how magnificent and unique some places are.
Wild white-tailed deer, always aware of what is happening around (even with small ears!)
Life & Safety
Safety is very important for bear cubs, specially when they are few months old like these little ones. Following their mum is essential to avoid the path of others bears.
One of my very first pictures while discovering new places in Finland
Playing time for this wild brown bear cub (and almost photobombed by a sibling...). It is a very important moment for a cub: this one will leave its mother in only few months and being safe will be one of the first rule to admit.
Breeding period for mooses, intense sounds are everywhere.
Close encounter with a female brown bear
The next generation
Young moose in its natural habitat
A 6 month old wild brown bear trying to... fly! The tree was indeed too small to support the small cub...
Look from a wild bear
Usually, I am not a big fan of close-up pictures, really not. But sometimes, you have to try, specially when a bear is looking at you!
Une forêt pleine de vie
Élan finlandais. Dans quelques jours la saison de la chasse aux élans sera normalement terminée, ici en Finlande. Les élans vont très probablement redevenir un peu moins soucieux - voire moins paniqués - des bruits environnants de la forêt.
Finnish moose. Within few days the moose hunting season will be almost over here in Finland. The moose will most likely become less worried - or less panicked - about the surrounding noise in their forests.
Wild brown bear siblings during a small "fight", just on the border between Finland and Russia. Cubs are spending lot of time to play together. These small fights are important for their future: they will have to share the taiga with other bears.
A picture coming from the wild Finland. This wild bull moose did not pay that much attention to me, and this is fine! It was only few weeks before the mating season: bulls can sometimes be a bit unpredictable at this season...
Hidden moose in a dense untouched forest.
Finnish fall lights.
It is always funny and interesting to watch cubs exploring their environment. You can never get enough of these little guys in good light conditions.
Watch and look
Her calf was not far away, it was a chance to have a moment close to both of them. She never turned back or stopped having an eye contact on me: safety is the key to raise the young one.
Curious wild brown bear, always smelling around to make sure that the next steps are safe.
Rencontre avec le roi de la forêt
All images © 2019 Florent NICOLAS