Long johns and a thermal t-shirt underneath my regular clothes, I am almost ready to face the elements! Mid-November is a bit early for it but the first snow of the season is always exciting. I love snow! And being in Scandinavia, of course it is expected. I would feel cheated if I didn't have snow in Copenhagen. For what other reason would you live in Copenhagen if you didn't have arctic-like winters?!!
I left home a bit late - I underestimated the time it takes to get dressed with all these layers. Gloves and furry-like earmuffs are covering two of my most important senses, touch and sound. Holding a camera with frozen fingers is no fun! And I find the freezing breeze through my ears to be uncomfortable - especially when cycling. Of course, in Copenhagen you cycle whatever the weather!
When I got to the deer park I also underestimated the time it would take me to get close to the deer. It is always unpredictable of course, but I didn't think ahead and obviously the snow in the park wasn't cleared. I had to park my bike at the entrance and walk - the snow there was untouched, deep in places and somewhat frozen on the surface.
Walking fast in the snow is not easy but I had to beat the sunset. Yes, it is dark by 4pm here, and the deer park is rather unnerving when lost in the dark, alone with wild animals. Sweating inside my layers of clothes, there was no time to waste and no deer on the horizon. In fact, there was no-one to be seen on the horizon, except for a very low sun through the dead branches that disappeared more and more by the minute.
Eventually, I saw a woman crossing my path 15m ahead of me. She didn't look at me - she probably thought I was a danger and sped up her pace as we were getting closer to each other. But then Danes don't interact much with strangers. I saw someone running in bright yellow flashing lights! Very appropriate in a deer park with 20cm of snow! But then again, this is very Danish - don't ask me why.
And finally, I saw three deer, relatively young about to cross a path. I ran a bit but tried not to scare them or spread my sweat and hormones around too much - not a good idea with strong wild animals near me.
I had my tripod too make sure I wouldn't shake too much and started to shoot with my camera. I used my 300mm lens and made some ridiculous sounds and noises to attract the stags' attention. It worked.