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Rondane National Park

Discovering and then exploring a fresh landscape is hugely rewarding and as Peter Cairns explains, even if we have to go some way to capturing it on camera, the journey is still worthwhile

I have never been one for hot sticky jungles, deserts or arid savannah. Instead, I have always gravitated north, seduced by the transient light and fickle weather of Scotland, Iceland and Scandinavia. Whatever the north is, whatever it does; it draws me back time and again and the landscapes of Norway have been an ever-present lure during my photography career; an itch that needs scratching from time to time.

Norway is a big country and I first went there more than a decade ago to photograph White Tailed Eagles at a time when images of these majestic birds – amongst British photographers at least – were very rare. Driving north through the dramatic mountains of Dovre and Rondane in Central Norway, I vowed that once my eagle work was done, I would return to explore this rich tapestry of boreal woodland, tundra and snow-capped peaks. And so it was the following year that …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 51 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of the Cairngorms, Peter Cairns is an award-winning nature photographer with over 10 years’ professional experience under his belt. He is a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the social enterprise behind the 2020VISION multimedia project.

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