The First Encounter

I wiped my eyes twice to make sure I wasn't dreaming. They were there.

After 7 days of glaring at the pure white landscape searching for them through the uneven icy and snowy terrain, I confessed I had a little doubt that I might not see them at all in this trip. We rarely saw any tracks, and couldn't find any active dens. ​

But life always gave you surprises when you least expected it.​

They were on the move. I jumped out from the snowcoach. There was no time to set up the tripod. My eye glasses was quickly frozen. I kneeled down on the snow and fired a few shots.

The scene in front of me took my breath away. I couldn't speak. I couldn't breathe. ​Heart full of gratefulness.

This is the holy grail of wildlife encounter. ​

Canon 1DX, Canon 600mm f/4, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 800, handheld.

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Tin Man Lee

Tin Man Lee has a deep love for wildlife and photography. Most recently, he won the Grand Prize of Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International with the winning photo currently displaying at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, while having a full time job in medical imaging. He is the judge for Nature's Best Photography Asia and Viewbug. Through this blog he hopes to share what worked for him and what didn't while learning the craft of wildlife photography.

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