Autumn : September

September is the time of autumn colours and an increase in cub sightings. In September bears arrive to the hide area earlier than in summer because competition for food is greater. When bears eat for winter they eat more at once, thus staying for longer times in the area.


Due to increased visit duration in autumn there is a higher chance to see several bears at the same time. Because of eating so much before hibernation, the bears’ appearance is roundish and their fur is in good condition in the autumn.


Because the bears usually arrive earlier in the autumn, the day timetable in September is set one hour earlier. This allows photographers to better utilise the daylight hours. Autumn offers different light and colour and thus new opportunities for different photographic results. After sunset and before sunrise there are a couple of hours of twilight for photography. On cloudy days photographic time from the hides in the forest is short at about 1-3 hours. Autumn evenings are twilit and nights are dark, increasing the chances to photograph the Northern Lights and the full moon.

The terrain and air is usually humid and the environment is peacefully quiet. The birds of summer can no longer be heard, but owls can be heard on autumn nights. In quiet evenings and nights, the howling of wolves can be heard when they communicate with each other. The howling can sometimes be heard in the hides, where sometimes the autumn visits of wolves have also been photographed.


In the end of September there can be sub-zero nights resulting in the surrounding trees, grass and other vegetation to be covered with frost. Along with the sub-zero temperatures, snowfalls are also possible.


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