Capturing photos in nature is one of the best things to do. We live in such a busy and chaotic world that we have to take the time to stop, enjoy, and capture a moment in time in the hope that it will bring us back to sanity. There is so much beauty in nature that we don’t notice it because we get so easily entangled in our daily routine. A photo in nature can take you back to a time and place where something amazing and pure happened. I came across a picture of a gym teacher in Finland called Valtteri Mullah. He has been photographing the Finnish countryside and Finnish wildlife for about 6 years and came across something truly magical in the process. Something pure, wild, and free. Something that immediately caught my attention and inspired me to take a closer look at the story behind an incredible photo series.
Valtteri was exploring the lush green forests around the Finnish town of Martinselkonen when he came across a group of bears in a clearing in front of him.
He saw three baby bears and a mother bear nearby. He was about 150 feet away from the animals and remained as hidden as possible to see what could unfold. It was a risky risk, but he is very comfortable outside and it has yielded a lot.
Seeing a bear in the wild is a treat in itself, but seeing baby bear cubs is especially rare and something not many people experience.
If someone does see bear cubs, their very protective mother is usually very close by.
Mommy bear walked around foraging for a snack while the baby bears did what they do best. Valtteri said “the cubs behaved like little children. They were playing and even started some friendly battles. I felt like I was on a playground in front of my house, where little children were frolicking around.
They reminded me so much of little children. At one point the three of them stood on their hind legs and started to push each other. It was like they were dancing in a circle.”
These little bear cubs started an adorable dance party out in the woods! Of course not thinking anyone was watching let alone taking pictures! Valtteri was in for a treat and lucky for us, he captured the entire experience with his camera.
Have you ever seen anything so innocent and pure in your life?
I love that mama bear is standing by while her little cubs have the best day ever dancing and playing in the woods.
Valtteri stated that he stayed with the bear family all day and into the night photographing them and studying their playful behavior.
The fact that he was able to get so close without being smelled or seen is incredible. Bears typically do their best to avoid contact with humans.
These little guys might have been too busy playing and dancing to notice but I wouldn’t want to be there if momma bear caught a scent of me.
Valtteri lives in a wildlife paradise and it would be hard not to adventure with a camera every single day. I can see why this is such an important hobby for him.
It proves that young bears are just like young children who just want to play, eat, and nap.
Capturing bears with your camera in the wild is something that not many people get to experience. Let alone in the wild forest surrounding Finland. This is something professional wildlife photographers dream of and this P.E. teacher from Finland just happened to stumble upon it. The little white collars on these bears and them playing/dancing in a circle reminds me of the little Grateful Dead dancing bears. Adorable!