Each reindeer herder has their own ear mark that is used to identify their reindeer. Each year the herders will collect their reindeer into the counting fences where they will mark the reindeer that have been born that year. The mark is made by making cuts out of the ear and you can see this in the photograph above.
Recently I have been out hunting for reindeer, hoping for the rare chance of getting the perfect shot with my camera but it has been harder than I first thought. One day you will see a field with a hundred reindeer, the next they will be gone without a trace. Finding reindeer in the woods is near impossible, the dense trees make it hard to see them and they hear you before it’s possible to get close enough.
I found a large herd and at first took my photographs from the car. Surprisingly, reindeer won’t move when they see a car but as soon as you get out they are off. After a moment I slowly got out and stood between trees, even though many of the animals had already spotted me and begun to move away.
As I stood on the outskirts of the field, trying not to move, I thought about what I was doing. The reindeer are essentially livestock and I couldn’t imagine myself chasing cows or sheep around a field but there is something different about these animals that I will always admire. This week I will be posting a new reindeer photograph everyday.
Winter driving is back.
Snow on the road means you have to take a little more care while driving. When a large truck passes by on the other side it kicks up a small snow storm that leaves you temporary blinded for a few seconds. At this time of year the sun is low in the sky and the glare can be difficult to see reindeer in the road.