We were treated to an excellent show of pictures from Iceland, Norway and the extreme north of Finland. The shots gave a sense of what it was like to be there. In Iceland we learned the importance of capturing the moment whether you are ready or not! The example was the aurora borealis photographed from the hotel car park on the day of arrival. Timing was also an issue photographing hot springs spurting high jets of hot water every few minutes.
In Finland near the Russian border we were taken to purpose built bear watching hides. The bears arrived on cue. Brown bears (Ursus arctos) are large animals and the photographs of them poking around for food were spectacular. We learned that a bear hide needs a tall chimney vent to carry the smell of humans high up to avoid bear noses. The trip also took us to a floating hide for watching sea birds where hours of patience in the cold gave Adrian the shot he was hoping for of the king eider (Somateria spectabilis). These are large sea ducks found at high latitudes.
In Norway Adrian was pictured battling through the snow to see the elusive musk ox (Ovibos moschatus). One of his pictures of the musk ox was featured in Outdoor Photography magazine. The musk ox is an arctic mammal, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odour emitted during the seasonal rut by males.
Adrian is kindly leading us on a field trip to Golitha Falls and the Cheesewring on Sunday 17th May 2015. Club members will be looking forward to this.
Words by Brian Guttridge.