All’s well that ends well.

Roe Deer
Roe Deer

Today was a great day. Nice sunshine, blue skies (hence the sunshine…) and the temperature was sometimes even above 15C… Only one problem: I was locked up  inside… First I had to correct exams (the joy of a teacher) then I had to attend a birthday party. Fun of course, especially as we could sit in the sun and enjoy the weather with nice company, but there was an itch. An itch that could only be scratched by grabbing my camera and try to take pictures. But I left my camera at home (so I would be a lot more fun at the birthday party). When I got home, I quickly jumped into the car and hoped I could find some dragonflies in the last sunlight. I headed to the Drentsche Aa, a small natural stream with nice grasslands around it near my home. Unfortunately I was too late for that as the sun had already disappeared behind the trees. Not good for the itch nor for my mood. A bit disappointed I walked back to the car. This took a bit longer as I expected and the sun had really set now. About half an hour after sunset I saw something move in one of the grasslands. No, way too big for a dragonfly, and a bit too hairy as well. A Roe Deer! Always nice to see. Until now I never really made good Roe Deer pictures, so I decided to give it a try, despite the low light. Now it pays off to have good equipment. I could raise the ISO value to 3200 and used my 300mm/2.8 wide open to get at least a bit a decent shutter speed. Fortunately the Roe Deer was moving slowly, so I had quite a lot of the pictures in focus. The deer had noticed me immediately, but apparently didn’t see any threat in me. He kept on feeding and even moved slowly a bit towards me. After a while it really got too dark for pictures, but I just sat there for a while enjoying the view and a nice end of a really nice day.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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