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By csurry  
Thought I'd upload a shot from my recent trip to Finland.

Firstly, before I go in to some thoughts it is important to state that this was a very fortunate encounter. The wolves rarely get this close to the hide normally. When I showed this shot to the son of the Finnish tour company owner even he was surprised. The feeling of privilege at seeing these beautiful animals so close is something I hope I don't ever lose. These are the sorts of encounters one should never take for granted.

It's a wonderful place, and gives a glimpse of what parts of the UK must have been like in the past and without our intervention as a species might have been like now.

The debate over the predatory nature of these and the bears is an interesting one. The Finnish organiser of the tours sees part of his role to educate the wider population about the animals and in particular to educate the hunters.

There was one Finnish lady there on our first night and she will be a great ambassador for this aspect of the work as she was totally blown away with her encounter with both bears and wolves. Although only there to observe as part of a bear watching experience she had taken a camera and the enthusiasm with which she shared her images with us on the first morning was infectious and engaging. When she returns to work in Helsinki and shares this same enthusiasm with her colleagues hopefully there will be more converts who will campaign to protect these European wonders.

Tags: Wolf Finland Canis lupus Wildlife and nature

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
18 Sep 2010 3:12PM
Great image and just look at those eyes looking straight down the lens at you Wow! very well taken.


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Brian_Scott 8 42 27 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2010 3:40PM
Beautiful shot and just love the colours excellent work

P.S it is still september you know Wink
18 Sep 2010 4:06PM
wow! great shot, i agree with the comment about the eyes, i was wondering how it would look just being cropped for a head shot, have you tried this?
great work,-----phil
18 Sep 2010 4:15PM
Another masterpiece!
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
18 Sep 2010 4:50PM
Great capture Cheryl,straight down the lens,excellent & what a privilege it must have been for you.
18 Sep 2010 5:18PM
Gorgeous image and I know you won t mind me saying I would clone out the black bit in the right top corner and its great viewed large
csurry 16 9.2k 92
18 Sep 2010 5:20PM
You're right Karen, but I'm so tired that I had not really noticed that. Will check it out on any future uploads from the sequence. It's a crow by the way flying across the scene.

Thanks all.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2010 6:25PM

Quote:The feeling of privilege at seeing these beautiful animals so close is something I hope I don't ever lose. These are the sorts of encounters one should never take for granted.

Well said Cheryl Smile
I was wondering where you had gone.

OliPackwood 8 5 5 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2010 6:29PM
Amazing photo. One to be proud of!

Carrie_1 8 2 6 Wales
18 Sep 2010 6:42PM
Lovely shot of a beautiful creature.
18 Sep 2010 6:52PM
Superb Cheryl... beautifully caught

DannoM 9 58 England
18 Sep 2010 7:07PM
amazing shot, must have been an amazing experience.
LeeFisher 8 59 8 England
18 Sep 2010 9:13PM
Cracking shot Cheryl, really like this shot, looks like you had a good trip then Smile
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Sep 2010 9:25PM
Welcome back and a cracking shot too.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
18 Sep 2010 9:27PM
lovely tones.lesley
18 Sep 2010 11:05PM
A top quality and nicely balanced shot of this beautiful animal.
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
19 Sep 2010 4:29AM
Wolves are hugely misunderstood, which given our capacity for misunderstanding is not surprising.
Lovely shot.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
19 Sep 2010 8:49AM
Thanks all.

A bit tired after the trip, but it was worthwhile on both a photographic and personal level. It is always important to get/take more than just pictures from such a visit.

Will load some bears later, but will be rather busy for another week yet.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2010 4:06PM
Great image Cheryl, seems like this encounter alone made the trip worthwhile!
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
20 Sep 2010 5:51AM
Beautiful and a stunning image.
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
20 Sep 2010 8:40AM
Wonderful capture of a very beautiful
Such clarity and depth to your shot.

PS. Was nice to see you on CountryFile !

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
20 Sep 2010 10:33AM
Well Cheryl ! magnificent to see and photgraph a wild Wolf. Finland is an amzing country. Glad to see you had success in Finland and the colours of Autunm, far advanced than ours ! Looking forward to seeing more. Ron.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
20 Sep 2010 2:12PM
Thanks all.

Thanks Tom for the UA
Shane136 14 63 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 2:43PM
Just outstanding shots.. this one i like best... just has it all...
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
20 Sep 2010 3:59PM
One to be proud of! IMHO!

One of very finest and rarest ever here at EPZ!!! And again IMHO!!

As Shane said: Just has it ALL!

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
20 Sep 2010 9:15PM word - Brilliant!
garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 10:24PM
Beautiful shot of a beautiful animal.

csurry 16 9.2k 92
21 Sep 2010 9:50AM
Thanks all.

Have a few more of this wolf from the sequence as it approached the hide. I think most are shot in portrait, but a few I swapped the camera over to landscape, so will see if I can find one to upload later.
21 Sep 2010 6:19PM
It's all been said, very fine photography.
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
23 Sep 2010 5:04PM
Superb Cheryl, agree with David. All been said.
ollimar71 8 2 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2010 8:34PM
Excellent in every way. You were SO lucky - I envy you Smile
Karrol 9 29 England
23 Sep 2010 9:10PM
25 Sep 2010 12:37PM
Absolutely wonderful.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
29 Sep 2010 12:19AM
A wonderful, wonderful shot!
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2010 6:29PM
Those eyes are just stunning.

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