Friday, 25 February 2011

Wildlife Photography: Brown Bears

Brown Bears fighting. The best way to get wildlife shots like this is to visit a photographic hide. The chances of coming across wildlife in action like this and getting good photos is slim at the best of times. This photo was taken from such a hide by Kari Kemppainen in Karalia, Finland. Email this blog to arrange a visit to wildlife photo hides in Finland.    

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Destinations: Karalia, Finland

The Karalia region of Finland is one close to Finnish hearts. It is a region that has been fought over several times. Nestling up against the Russian border it is not densely populated and in parts very wild. It is a land of Taiga forests, lakes and bogs with good numbers of Brown Bear, Wolf and Wolverine. These mammals are not easy to see without local help but a variety of lodges with local guides, sometimes with photo-hides, can assist in that. 

Monday, 7 February 2011

Wildlife: Forest Reindeer

Reindeer Rangifer tarandus (called Caribou in North America) are often easy to see in the Arctic areas of Eurasia and Canada. But many of the animals encountered are not truly wild, though they wander freely for much of the year they are actually owned by people and "farmed" for their meat, milk and hide. But in some areas real wild-living reindeer do exist. For example, in Finland some populations inhabit boreal coniferous forest and rarely venture out onto the open Tundra. These are on average smaller beats and referred to a Forest Reindeer. Photo Kari Kemppainen, Karalia, Finland.