I was very excited waiting for the day I was to head off to on an adventure to see &, hopefully, capture some images of the wild brown bears of Finland for myself. I had previously spent a wonderful weekend with NaturesLens on their “Birds of Prey Workshop” prior to going abroad, this was primarily to help hone my, admittedly, very basic photography skills when it comes to wildlife & the capture of images of nature.

After this taster I was keen to get going on my wild brown bear trip & to try out my newly acquired skills. The time soon came & I was in this wonderful boreal location where wild brown bears were to be found & it was just beautiful; watching the sun rise, set & rise again in a few hours in the land of the “midnight sun”, lakes with mist gathering & the white balls of cotton grass seeds swaying in the breeze.

One of the large male wild brown bears up close to one of the hides photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays A wild brown bears attempting a scratch on one of the trees photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays   One of the juvenile wild brown bears walks amongst the cotton grass photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays Another of the juvenile wild brown bears walks amongst the cotton grass photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays    Sunrise and Sunset are so close to one another in the season of the midnight sun photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays A portrait of one of the juvenile wild brown bears photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

Accommodation was comfortable & the team I went with were lovely. It’s great spending time with like-minded people  from whom you can also learn so much. The sessions were long in the hides but the rewards were breath taking. Being able to get so close to such a wonderful creature as a wild brown bear in its own habitat & watch it was awesome.

Another of the large male wild brown bears up close to one of the hides photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography HolidaysOne of the wild brown bears lumbers out of the forest photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography HolidaysOne of the juvenile wild brown bears emerges from the boreal forest photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

My magic moment was going down to one of the lower camera windows & taking a photo of a male brown bear as it came towards me. The feeling was exhilarating & I got my photo. It wasn’t photographically my best, wrestling with low light, shutter speed & the fact I was shaking so much, but every time I see that photo I feel that moment again.

Observed at low level, one of the large male wild brown bears up close to one of the hides photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

I returned from Finland with many lovely photos & memories.Having only done a limited amount of wildlife photography previously, (mostly I photograph the animals on our hill farm),  I was so very pleased with the images I came home with. One of these images I have had put onto an aluminum photo, it hangs as a reminder in the hall, & makes me smile when I come down the stairs in every morning.

In a dusky pink light of the midnight sun, one of wild brown bears up close to one of the lakes photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

There were opportunities to see other wildlife on location & I was blown away by the Wolverine, Red Squirrel & Crested Tit sightings.

One of the inquisitive wolverines that visited the hides every evening photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography HolidaysA red squirrel just some of the other wildlife found in the boreal forest in which the bears live photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography HolidaysOne of the crested tits that are seen in the boreal forest photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

Sean & Pui Hang, the NatureLens leaders were so informative & helpful, & offered guidance on how to achieve images & how to compose my captures, & have really succeeded in enthusing me about wildlife photography, to the extent that I have been making used of these skills now I’m back at home.

Beautiful in contemplation photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

Alhough I do have to admit I have already booked on the Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday for 2018!

This whole experience was enriching, I came back home & felt alive & I would recommend anyone into wildlife or photography to go on a group tour like this where they are mentored & have the best opportunities offered to see some beautiful parts of our world & the animals that live there!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE WILD BROWN BEAR FOR YOURSELF?

For 2018, NaturesLens have already announced a return to photograph the Wild Brown Bears of Finland – the trip has been scheduled to start on June 24 & ending on July 2, 2018.

The Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday costs £1099 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Kajaani itself – all ground transportation from Kajaani & back, food, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.