A magic dwells in each beginning… I always think of this line by Hermann Hesse, a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, when I find myself roaming through nature at the crack of dawn with all my senses attuned to the awakening of another day – and this morning is no exception.
I’m sitting here “armed” with my new spotting scope, the ZEISS Conquest Gavia, in the green wooded area known as the “Wiesenkanzel”, one of my familiar hunting grounds. A ribbon of soft pink light on the horizon heralds the approaching dawn. Silence reigns, and the only sound is the gentle gurgling of the Amelungsbach creek, beneath where I’m sitting.
Suddenly I notice a movement at the edge of the forest out of the corner of my eye. A doe with her fawn emerges confidently onto the snow-covered meadow from the still dark woods. I carefully attach my smart phone to the lens using the adapter and drink in the wintry scene. The two animals start to graze. What a marvelous sight, it could almost be a painting!
It is moments like this that make my huntsman’s heart beat faster.
Now the sun is bathing everything in a gentle light, and the still bare branches of the trees are silhouetted against the bright blue sky. I lean back to relax and let my thoughts wander. Another movement and some sounds further to the west wake me from my reverie.
At first I can only make out a russet-colored speck with the naked eye. I quickly grab my binoculars, and the view through the Victory SF reveals the speck to be a fox. He hurriedly makes his way along the bend in the tree line – we are still at the height of the mating season. But he disappears as quickly as he came, and I turn my attention back to the doe and her fawn, relishing the magic of this moment. My fingers are numb and the cold is gradually creeping through my thick jacket. Should I stay any longer?
Suddenly, a harsh screeching sound shatters the frosty silence.
I eagerly scour the scene through my binoculars and discover a jay foraging for hidden seeds in the snow not far from the bait site, its striking plumage shimmering in the sunlight. The chances of me getting a photo of this lively bird seem remote, but I decide to give it a try. Fortunately the adapter is quick and easy to use despite my icy fingers. I zoom in and there he is right in the middle of my screen, and within seconds I’ve got the photo I wanted. Exhilarated, I head towards home with a rich store of memories of this beautiful winter morning.