A ‘mag­i­cal’ mo­ment in the snow

The Dominion Post - - World -

Mads Nordsveen has tra­versed the world, cap­tur­ing spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas of dra­matic French cliff­sides, palm­lined Cal­i­for­nia beaches and the north­ern lights.

But over the week­end, it was a sim­pler sight in his na­tive Nor­way that caught his eye.

The travel photographer was hik­ing with some friends on the north­ern Nor­we­gian is­land of Senja when they spot­ted a lit­tle rein­deer calf, white as the snow that blan­keted the ground around them.

‘‘He al­most dis­ap­peared into the snow!’’ Nordsveen later wrote on In­sta­gram.

Were it not for its dark eyes and bone-coloured antlers jut­ting into the air, the calf might have looked like an­other snow mound.

Nordsveen and his friends quickly stilled them­selves. A brown rein­deer that Nordsveen thought was the calf’s mother stood just a few hun­dred yards be­yond, he said.

‘‘The calf seemed a bit scared at first, but we sat com­pletely quiet and were very calm, and even­tu­ally it came quite close,’’ Nordsveen, who is based in Oslo, said.

Nordsveen re­called be­ing so mes­merised that it was a few sec­onds be­fore his ‘‘photographer in­stinct’’ kicked in. He grabbed his cam­era and be­gan shoot­ing.

‘‘It was a very spe­cial mo­ment, felt so mag­i­cal!’’ Nordsveen said. ‘‘We looked straight into each other’s eyes.’’

Nordsveen es­ti­mated the calf stayed close to him for about five min­utes be­fore it ran back to its mother. The pair then dis­ap­peared into the for­est.

On Tues­day, Nordsveen posted im­ages of the rare white rein­deer to In­sta­gram, and quickly logged tens of thou­sands of likes.

‘‘What a beauty,’’ one user com­mented. ‘‘The pret­ti­est lit­tle crea­ture I’ve seen!’’ wrote an­other.

Nordsveen said the indige­nous Sami peo­ple – many of whom herd rein­deer in north­ern Nor­way – told him white rein­deer are so rare that they are thought to bring hap­pi­ness.

– Washington Post

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