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Chamois in the Moonlight

Blog Post - 0035

I went up to Hohneck again to catch the sunrise. I've been checking the webcam a lot since my last trip up there and the sunrises look great with the low clouds. I had the chance to go again yesterday, so I took it.

It wasn't as cold as last time, so I decided to find a spot to set up and wait for the sunrise. I like to be quite early because if there's a clear view, the hour before sunrise creates beautiful silhouettes of the mountains. Which I'll go into in a second post, as I got distracted this time, with another subject for a while.

So I was sat in the grass looking and just about seeing the first signs of light, watching a few clouds go by in the nearly clear sky and I started to get the feeling that I wasn't as alone as I thought I was! I had the feeling that there was something in the grass around ten metres away. It was still very dark though and only rough shapes were visible at that distance.

This is what I could see

I pointed the camera in the direction, changed the settings quickly to let more light in and took a picture. I could now see that I wasn't alone and I could see who was there, there was a chamois sitting in the grass about 8 meters away. It looks further in this image because of the 18mm lens.

I couldn't believe my luck, the second time at this location and both times I stumble across a chamois. I tried to get some pictures, but it was still too dark for the length of exposure that I needed with the lens that I wanted to use. So I sat very quietly and I waited until the first rays of light.

When the sunlight eventually reached, it covered the chamois in a beautiful golden glow. The light was still a little too low and you can see some slight movement, but I still love the images I was able to get.

Realising at this point that I was missing the sunrise, I tried to combine the two.

After an hour of watching this chamois and the sunrise, the chamois decided it was time to get up and join the rest of the herd.

I think that I've been spotted. Actually I'm sure that the Chamois knew that I was there a long time before I knew that it was there.


The sun was up in the sky, there were now quite a few people around trying to get close to the herd and scaring them further away. A few even trying to get close enough to get a picture with their phones!

The last image for this entry of the herd from a distance moving away.

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