Winter sports

By: Arjen Drost

Nov 30 2009

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Category: homework, Photography trip, Polar

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Focal Length:300mm
Shutter:1/200 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL

A lone Muskox in autumn setting in East Greenland

Often I get the question why I never go on a winter sports holiday. In the Netherlands many people go to the Alps to ski or snowboard. It seems to fit me, with lots of snow and cold. On the other hand, the large amount of people going there is keeping me here. This year that’s going to change. But it won’t be a normal winter sport holiday…

In the last week of February I’ll go on my first winter sports holiday in years. Not to the Alps and not in a nice warm hotel, but to Dovrefjell, Norway and with a warm sleeping bag and a tent with temperatures that could drop to -20°C… I go with Ingvar, a Swedish photographer whom I met in Sarek last summer, to Dovrefjell to find and photograph Muskoxen. Muskoxen are real Arctic animals, highly adapted to living in the cold. They seem to be transported straight from the last ice age, and they could be, as they have walked next to Mammoths during that ice age. I’ve seen them already in East Greenland, but that was in early autumn. This winter we want to find and photograph them in during the hardest time of year: mid winter.

A trip like this takes some planning with which we have started already. Buying a warm sleeping bag, warm clothes and such. But also getting information about the area and the places where we are likely to find the animals. It’s still three months to go, but I’m already really looking forward to this trip.

I’m sure you’ll hear more about it and hopefully see some spectacular results.

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