Bruno D'Amicis - Too close
In order to find and photograph red deer during the rut season, one morning I decided to explore a mountain slope from where the evening before I could hear many males. I woke up at 3AM, started hiking in the darkness and reached the big, open meadow after one hour, still well before sunrise: the usual pattern one has to follow to reach the lek without being discovered. Once there, I reached the only shrub in that open landscape and sat underneath it to be concealed; all around me dry and tall grasses. As soon as the first light came, I could glimpse something slightly moving in the grasses about seven meters from me. Trying to look through my telephoto, I could see the ears of a little wild boar: “cute, I thought, a pretty boar sleeping so close!” Waiting for light to reach its best, I fired my shutter: the boar stood up and looked at me; one more frame. Then, all around me, a wave seemed moving through the earth; dozens of wild boars were sleeping in the grass just few meters from me! At a certain point, 35 animals stood up and studied this weird creature, with a big white tube, making such weird noises. I kept on shooting portraits, to not allow myself to be too afraid by the dangerous situation. The animals, apparently insecure about my nature preferred to fleet away and soon reached the tree line below me. It all lasted a couple of minutes, that seemed hours for me. Wondering on how they couldn’t have heard me coming.
Tags: abruzzi, bruno damicis, europe, mark, mountains, sus scropha, wild boar