Tuesday 28 February 2012

Musk Ox in the snow

I went with friends last week to photograph the musk oxen in the snow amidst the mountains of Dovrefjell National Park in central Norway.

Our first visit took place in heavy snow and required us to hike about 5 kilometres wearing snowshoes to where the oxen were grazing in an area of thin snow. The blowing snow made focusing difficult and all camera controls were done in manual mode.

There were 8 bulls in the group and they spent most of the time lying down to protect themselves from the winds, although occassionally they stood up to shake off the snow from their thick winter coats.

A second visit was done in more favourable weather conditions although they had then moved a further 3 km farther along the plateau.

I've uploaded a set of photos to my website and they can be viewed by clicking here....

A few images are also below.

Musk Ox

Musk Ox

Musk Ox


Sam and Lisa said...

Brilliant shots, it must be fantastic to photograph species such as these.