Thursday, March 12, 2009

SkyWatch Friday



This is the musk ox. Me and my friend Mr. Uskarp aka Studio Natura went to the mountain region Dovrefjell looking for these great animals. We didn´t know where they were so this trip was kind a shot in the dark.
These four is part of a herd of 17 animals including 4 calfs. The musk ox average measures are 250 kg, 2 meters long and shoulder height around 1,4 meters.
These animals can be seen in Alaska, Greenland, Canada and Norway. Here in Norway we have only 200 of them.

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80 comments:

  1. Ivar- Spectacular. Are these sometimes called "Yaks"? I can't help think Star Wars here- the frozen planet of Hoth comes to mind.

    Tom

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  2. What a fabulous shot. I love the angle. You were lucky to find these wonderful animals.

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  3. oh WOW, that is an awesome photo!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy SWF

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  4. No shot in the dark, perhaps shot in the grey
    :)
    Magnificent.

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  5. What lovely creatures, and yes they do remind me of those Tom-Toms in Star Wars, have a great weekend too.

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  6. Well, hello, musk ox! A rather startling picture as I rolled down to it. I love it! Gorgeous animals against the sky!

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  7. Vilket underbart foto! Jag hade velat springa därifrån. Jättebra gjort!

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  8. Den gjengen ville jkeg ikke likt å møte! Det var bra du hadde en kraftig telelinse. Nydelig komposisjon farge - ja alt!

    Her var til og med SN være fornøyd...

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  9. Great shot.

    We saw a few in Alaska. They were about as big as your fingernail held at arms length.

    Terrific work.

    Come visit anytime,
    Troy and Martha

    I'll ve back later and catch up.

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  10. Oh what an amazing picture of musk ox. Congratulations!

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  11. Åååååååå fyyy og flate!!!! Misunnelig!!! Sååå kult! Sier ikke mer.

    ...ja, bortsett fra at brua her nedenunder også var inmari knæsj!!!

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  12. Those are some huge animals. Great shots. Thanks, Ivar.

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  13. That is a jaw-dropper! Absolutely stunning image! You have outdone yourself!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  14. What a great capture! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Jeg var sikker på at du hadde tatt familie bilde jeg nå :)
    Flott bilde og bra fanget Ivar :)
    Vi kjørte over Dovrefjell i fjor sommer men da var det bekkmørkt og tåke. Neste gang blir i det minste i dagslys.

    Så du syntes ikke at Filtvedt fyr skal få byggeskikks prisen ;)

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  16. Ivar, these are awesome! Such a great shot! The musk ox are handsome fellows! Thanks for sharing and Happy SWF!

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  17. Oh that is simply wonderful. Awesome to see these creatures.

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  18. Ser noen prøver seg på familiebilde over her...særlig :-)

    Flott bilde, familie eller ei.

    Pakke til fetter Petter er sendt i dag :-)

    Klem

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  19. Ivar, this is an incredible shot... and it was a shot a shot in the dark?! Bullseye!!! Great capture! Don't think I've seen oxen before.

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  20. Big animals with lovely warm hair. I hear the fur can be spun and them made into very warm clothing. Nice shot!

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  21. Awesome animals. This is really a remarkable shot!

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  22. Oh wow that is a fantastic photo I have never seen these up close

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  23. Moskus har jeg og sett:)) På Kongsvold. Og tenk at en far med unge i bæremeis gikk rett bort til de tre moskusoksene, på kanskje 10 meters hold. Vanvittig!

    Flott bilde, Ivar:))

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  24. Oi...hvor bra! Men du vet disse kan være farlige? Det så ut som dere sto vel nære de.. Men vakkert bilde av mektige dyr.

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  25. Hei du Ivar!
    Kjempe flott bildet du har tatt her ja,familiebildet spør noen,men æ kjente dæm ikke æ nei..må være fam.på andre siden kanskje:)

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  26. These are lovely pictures. A first for me to see Musk Ox too.

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  27. Wonderful Ivar, super shots.

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  28. I actually moved back from the screen in surprise when I scrolled down this photo. What a powerful impact it has.

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  29. Great captured Ivar. Great photography, spot on exposure of black against the clear background
    Very rare, 4 out of 200.

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  30. Det var en kul gjeng på tur :) Må ha vært en spennende tur dere hadde,gøy å komme såpass innpå så store dyr som dette. Knallflotte bilder Ivar. God helg og alt det der :o)

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  31. Were you shooting with a telephoto or were you just planning on running away if they came too close to you. They are very impressive looking animals. It's great to see something so magnificent. Happy SWF!

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  32. I agree, definitely Star Wars. Fab photo!

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  33. For et herlig bilde. De dyra er mektig flotte. Skulle gjerne sett dem, men ikke for nær. God helg!

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  34. Great shots, Ivar! The bulls make the perfect pose for your photo :)

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  35. Imponerande kreatur. Hör visst egentligen till getsläktet. Fantastiskt fint fångat mot himlen på det där sättet och bildkavliteten är helt ofelbar.

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  36. Utrolig flotte dyr,men jeg må bare innrømme at de skremmer vettet av meg.Har sett dem på Dovrefjellet,men da på betryggende avstand,hehe.Kjempefint bilde!!!

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  37. You are so lucky to meet those enormous animals. Great photo and so impressive. Thanks for showing! Have a great SWF!

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  38. Great photo and to see the animals in their natural enviorment.

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  39. Kraftfullt foto av disse majestetiske og flotte dyrene vi har på Dovrefjell! Selv har jeg bare sett dem fra toget.....og det ble innmari dårlig bilder av det! Må ha vært en utrolig opplevelse å se dem slik!

    Og siden du tydelig er i områdene der - så er det ikke så innmari langt til de områdene jeg var i fjor! Bare hyggelig med tips til fottur - Trollstigen er vel verdt å oppleve. Det er også mye flott fra Stigrøra og innover! Si fra når du har bilder derfra da!

    Eller kanskje jeg heller skal rappe linken din... tror det jeg - for du har mye flott her. Er lærling innen fotofaget skjønner du! :)

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  40. Gasp!

    Heaven on earth, I totally forget about the sky and focus on these amazing animals. They look scary, but hey - are they smiling at you?

    Marit

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  41. Well done Ivar, you captured them beautifully. Great photograph.

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  42. Absolutley fabulous majestic images.

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  43. Oh my what wonderful animals and a great sky as a back drop for them.

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  44. Det bilde var fint det var sikkert turen dit også. ha en fin kveld

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  45. Wow those oxes are real huge. It is the year of the OX this year, it is their year. :) Very beautiful photo.

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  46. What magnificent looking animal these are. I bet it was just breath taking to see them. Great capture. Smiles B

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  47. What a fantasic photograph and oh you are so lucky to be in the same space as these beautiful creatures. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Smiles

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  48. Wowza....such wonderful animals and it looks like those Musk Ox are smiling at us. My heart sings just seeing them!
    Joyce

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  49. Admist this blue-ish scene, this 4 musk oxes really look adorable!!

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  50. Fantastic picture, imposing animals!

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  51. Stunning image Ivar. This would make any wildlife photographer proud. I like the way you have included the habitat in this shot. WOW

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  52. Wow .. what a great shot!
    I've never seen these animals before. Must have been a very special encounter.
    Have a good weekend!

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  53. Magnificent! I have always wanted to see them "in natura", but this was a good replacement.

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  54. Ja hva skal man si som ikke er sagt....syns nok dere sto farlig nær.Du må jo ha ei enorm linse, men ett fantastisk bilde ble det!! ett du kan være stolt over å ha tatt...det hadde jeg vært...sendt det til utstilling..hahahaha

    Tenker på hvor vettskremt jeg ble i går da jeg og Shila fikk 4 ørner etter oss. Høyere puls enn det jeg hadde da skal vanskelig gjøres å få uten og ramle ihop..hihihi...men vett nok til å knips hadde jeg...men bildene ble just ikke noe å skryte av.

    Fint bord du valgte...syns godt du kan begynne som interiør konsulent.;-)).

    Så får dere ha en fantastisk flott helg der i Trønder hovedstaden.

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  55. I have never seen anything like these, they are almost mystical in appearance, like something from Narnia!

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  56. Excelent shot. These animals seem very quiet, are they?

    Greetings from Portugal, to you and your visitors, here in this wonderfull blog. I like it a lot, for the quality of the photos (and also because here we have almost no snow)

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  57. This is wonderful! I was just watching a program about the Alaskan musk ox earlier this week. It is amazing to see the males butting heads.

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  58. Wonderful shot! I am in Canada, but have never seen these animals.

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  59. Wow, beautiful picture. Musk ox...are they wild animals? You must have had a great time seeing it directly.

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  60. How wonderful to stumble upon a totally different Skywatch Friday!

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  61. Gosjamei... som en kjent Bergenser bruker å si. Dette her var aldeles fantastisk. Bryr meg ikke om himmelen her for nå er dyrene i mitt fokus. Står du ikke farlig nær? De ser ikke helt tam ut de kompisene der. Eller så har du en alvorlig god telelinse. Jeg er så imponert over dette bildet at jeg mister nesten pusten.

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  62. Awesome photo of a rare species! They look like they are smiling. One of my fav post of yours. Blue Skies.

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  63. så bildet på fredag. Og det satt seg fast på netthinna gitt... Så litt skummelt ut, men trøster meg med at du enten har manipulert bildet eller har en utrolig bra zoom. Kjenner ikke deg som noen juksemaker (men bidet er for bra til å være sant:-)- så du har nok bare hatt griseflaks med "møtet" på fjellet, en superbra zoom og en super vinkling. Heeelt utrulig. For en opplevelse dere fikk! ps. Marit kan vise deg how to skru av dette spam word verification -saken ;-)

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  64. I know nothing about Musk Ox, but to me that shot looks a little scary! Beautiful, but scary.

    Thank you for your help Ivar : )

    Sharon

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  65. Fantastic shot! I love the big beautiful creatures...not personally familiar with them but they are magnificent.

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  66. Måtte bare inn å titte på de morskingene igjen. Tror kanskje at blikket demses har gjort meg småforelska i sånne tøffe moskus!

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  67. Totally stunning image Ivar!

    This is truly an outstanding capture of animals with great color and detail not to mention the excellent composition. All I can say is WOW!

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  68. Such interesting animals and you captured them so perfectly.

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  69. What a beautiful photo, looks like National Geographic. Just terrific!

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  70. What strange looking creatures!
    Hope you didn't get trampled...

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  71. OMG! Stunnig! Hope you had a loooong lens or matador training. Very powerful pic. What do you think there is more for you to learn about photography? Took quick look around and to me these look professional. And I've done some 2+ years of formal training, so I know thing or two about subject matter. There you have it, my honest opinion.

    You can find my entry here.

    prkl, Finland

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  72. Er så misunnelig at jeg er tom for ord....
    Neste gang dere skal på en sånn tur, inviter med dere noen bergensere da! Vi har bare vanlige kuer her nede forstår du.. ;)

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  73. Wow! This is absolutely amazing. I had no idea there were any in Norway, and these are fantastic photos--as are the photos in the next post.

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  74. Wow, definitely a great experience of nature and beast! Love the last shot with all their faces. They remind me of yaks.

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Feel free to express your honest opinion, good or "bad". I am eager to learn more about photography ;-)
Thank you.