Seen through spruce
After an unforgettable summer encounter with a male ibex in the French Alps, Jérémie returned in winter to the same mountain spot, in Haute Savoie, to watch the clashing of horns in the rut. Setting off before sunrise and laden with camera equipment, he laboured up the slopes on snowshoes. 'It was a difficult climb,' he says, 'and it was several hours before I came across an ibex.' After a morning chasing females and seeing off other males, the large male was as exhausted as Jérémie, and settled down to rest under the cover of low-hanging spruce trees. It was a very different view of the powerful animal from the one Jérémie had come for, and he was struck by the way it merged with its environment. He watched it for a time and decided on a picture that would reflect the intimacy of the encounter.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 500mm lens; 1/3200 sec at f4.5; ISO 320; Velbon monopod.