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The Peaceful Serenity of Deer on a Foggy Morning by Sirli Raitma

By Hanssie on February 18th 2014


The closest I’ve come to a deer was in the Disney classic, Bambi. I’m not really attuned to nature, but I did go camping…once. I am a little in awe of wildlife, nature and landscape photographers. For me, the thought of waking in the early hours before the sun rises, in the cold damp forest or climbing mountain terrain, camouflaged next to a tree or a bear, sounds like the worst kind of torture for this city girl. Yet, I do appreciate the fruits of the labors of photographers that patiently lie in silent wait for the perfect moment when the sky lightens, the sun starts peeking through the trees and a herd of wild animals stroll by.

Sirli Raitma, a London based photographer, loves nature. She braves the cold London air and patiently waits to capture her subjects. Her images of deer in the foggy natural reserves of Richmond Park transports viewers into a peaceful serenity.


Herds of Red and Fallow deer roam the park, which is one of many habitats in London. Richmond Park is a favorite for photographers, especially during deer rutting season where the deer roam in abundance. Long range lenses are recommended – 300 to 400mm length and will warrant some great shots, but also keep you far enough away from the deer, which have keen hearing and sight. Stags are also known to be dangerous during rutting season. This time of year, I hear the early mornings are filled with misty fog in London, which is the perfect recipe for some beautiful images, like the ones you see below. Sirli’s tranquil photos are a breath of fresh air for this city girl.

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See more of Sirli Raitma’s work on her Tumblr page.

via @My Modern Met

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice photos

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    The sad thing is all of us can take photos like this. The difference is, most of us can’t get out of bed and stake a location when the conditions are best. I’m guilty of it and hope to change that.

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