A short escape from city life and pandemic lockdowns. In this video I take you tracking animals with me in the deep snow. Along with a red fox hunting for rodents, I stalk a pair of red deer hinds as they try to rummage for food in the freezing conditions of the Carpathian Mountains. There’s also an old abandoned log cabin in the woods….
I live a very isolated rural life in my cottage in a small village, but this provides me with what I believe to be the most important aspect of our existence (apart from family and friends) – a deep connection to nature. Sadly, the modern world, and especially fast-paced urban city life, removes people from understanding their true selves and becoming more in tune with nature and the environment. Tracking a specific animal and stalking it over some distance in harsh winter conditions really brings me to a deeper understanding of what my ancestors must have felt, when they lived side by side with wildlife and nature, and depended on it for their existence.
This type of activity is true soul food, and I hope this video encourages others to spend a little time, leave the city, escape the office environment, and get out into the countryside to spend some time with nature. It doesn’t have to be a wilderness environment, just somewhere where you can reconnect to nature – listen to birds singing, or watch deer and rabbits eating. Somewhere away from the chaos of modern life where you can free your mind and your thoughts for a while and breathe in clean air.
Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens and an Apeman 4k action camera