New spot

Plan A was to go to Orsa but it’s too sunny for that. Never too sunny at Järvzoo though so that’s where I found myself. Initially everything was really quiet, I just walked through the whole park without taking a single picture. The most exciting thing that happened was all the water that was dropping down from the trees, it practically rained at times. From a blue sky. I should’ve kept the camera in the bag to protect it, considering the lack of action…

Yesterday's snow
Yesterday’s snow

But never say die, so I walked around the park again. Totally worth it – I was at the wolf enclosure just in time to see the wolves playing. It only lasted for a minute or two and I got a piece of the fence in the background, but I haven’t had any wolf pictures in a very long time now so I welcomed the opportunity anyway.

Playing
Playing
Looks vicious but it's the pack life
Looks vicious but it’s the pack life

And then the lynx enclosure, bliss! At first the male lynx sat down for a very long time, allowing me to shoot off (too) many frames while it lazily waited for lunch. A bit later, closer at feeding time, it walked up to the left corner on top of the enclosure. Those of you familiar with Järvzoo might remember that there’s a small building of sorts there, so there’s a solid wall instead of the wire fence. The way the light was hitting the enclosure, I figured that I might be able to pull this off…. completely underexpose the wall and use the branches in the foreground to hide distracting details. Lo and behold, it worked!

Checking me out
Checking me out
Lynx portrait
Lynx portrait

As I was walking back, I found the ural owl having lunch. Never seen that before, so I shot a few frames while it was on the ground. But then it seemed like it didn’t appreciate being watched while eating because it started flying from one tree to the other with the chick in its mouth. I took the hint and walked away, happy with my visit. Once again. 🙂

Feeding time
Feeding time
Lunch
Lunch

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