Helsinki-based professional photographer Joachim Munter invites you to step into the fairytale-like wildlife of Finland through his photos. Viewing his portraits of local forest animals, you instantly feel an intimate connection with the subjects, having to pinch yourself to check if you aren't dreaming.

Munter's work becomes even more astonishing after you realize how short his relationship with the camera is. "I started taking animal pictures about ten months ago," he told Bored Panda. "I was more interested in landscape photography, but I slowly started to become more interested in wild animals. I found it more challenging and rewarding."

Upon first glance, these woodland animals look like they were trained. From a curious fox to a hungry squirrel, Munter builds such a strong bond with the creatures. They look perfectly comfortable while in front of his lens, "wildlife photography is all about gaining the trust of these adorable animals," Munter said. "The most important thing - in my opinion - is not to chase the animals. You just need time and patience; let the animal become comfortable around you."

He usually works around Helsinki. "My sessions vary from just a few hours to a whole day," Munter explained. "That's what I like about wildlife photography; it's so unpredictable, you can never be sure what's going to happen and what animals you'll meet. Sometimes it can go weeks without a good session and sometimes you can get many good shots in just a few hours."

More info: Instagram (h/t sobadsogood, dyt)

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Panic!AtTheYeemo 1 year ago

70 pinup squirrel.

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Micki Van Patten 1 year ago

My favorite so far. So beautiful

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Fabulous 1 year ago

Another cover squirrel

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Trash.Can.Pizza 1 year ago

this bird looks like skyrim

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

"Psst! Put me under your hat, and I can teach you how to make fancy French meals!"

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Atishoo, God bless u!

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

"Bueller...Bueller...Bueller..."

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Snow Cat 1 year ago

Nice tit

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

"Ah, Mr. Holmes...I've been EXPECTING you..."

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Melissa Nunya 1 year ago

Excuse me sir, I saw you handing out treats to the other critters..

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Janetinabasket 1 year ago

There's a bit of wolf in that fox. Stunning photo!

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Nora 1 year ago

Those eyes are very expressive

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Kjorn 1 year ago

the highland cow are the coolest!

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Celina 1 year ago

Strix Nebulosa! Cool!

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Janetinabasket 1 year ago

Squirrel Zumba! And left, and right.

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Yummy taste like chicken!

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Sheila Weila 1 year ago

Thank you for the treats, stranger with a camera.

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Sheila Weila 1 year ago

He must freeze his butt off waiting for birds to sample his offerings.

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

Beautiful and unusual photo...

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

I LOVE this photo.. I have a feeder up just outside my kitchen window and everyday I have loads of blue tits who vist my garden and they give me such joy to watch...

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa 1 year ago

That is one chill squirrell

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

Hey, its you again. Yes, I'll pose for you, just let me fluff up my fur.

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Heather Johnson 1 year ago

that must be santa's ... he's wearing a collar !

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

"Brace yourselves...Winter is coming..."

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

Cirque du Soliel Finland

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

I smell a mouse.

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Joanne Kamiya 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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Jan Mazzulla 1 year ago

Incredible contrast

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AnneMarie Lowell 1 year ago

How's tricks?

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Annette Laney 1 year ago

OH NO they see me- i must run

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Janetinabasket 1 year ago

Spectacular!!!

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

I can't get enough of these squirrels!

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

Majestic!

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Cindy Reid 1 year ago

He truly looks like a fairy tale creature.

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Janetinabasket 1 year ago

I want to buy a framed print of this one!!!!

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

Got any nuts?

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Celina 1 year ago

It looks like the little fox is smiling!

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Sykz 1 year ago

Is that a Canadian goose? are they still called Canadian geese in Europe?

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Anna Wiązowska 1 year ago

These colors!

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Nora 1 year ago

This fox is the star of the shots. It seems friendly.

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

Tiny cutie pie!

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Jan Mazzulla 1 year ago

Peanut and Chill.

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Sykz 1 year ago

Trash Pandas?

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Jan Mazzulla 1 year ago

I am singing the song of my sheeple.

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Jan Mazzulla 1 year ago

Ooooh, that's the spot.

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Phoebe Bean 1 year ago

"Make sure I look wonderful !"

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

I see eternity in Those eyes.

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Carla Douglas 1 year ago

Looks lit

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

"I tot I saw a puddy cat."

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Janetinabasket 1 year ago

The red fur is gorgeous! How did the photographer do this? Are they just naturally friendly? Ha!

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Sykz 1 year ago

So do they have blue or red/brown eyes? Wow!

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

Just chillin'

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

Stunning!

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

-sniff sniff- "what are you?"

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Nina Dragon 1 year ago

This one is amazing!

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Micki Van Patten 1 year ago

These images are so personal feeling. Feels like spying on Redwall Abbey or Wind in the Willows

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Marla Cundiff 1 year ago

Taken right after he told her she's beautiful. :)

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Karen Krause 1 year ago

I think it's a she and she's nursing.

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Debbie Reynolds 1 year ago

Sweet

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Sykz 1 year ago

If he had a human voice, I think it would sound like Sam Elliott.

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Andrea Seiden Giroux 1 year ago

Nice!

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

Awwww

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Cheryl Thomas 1 year ago

If I.. were king..of the FOREEEEEEST!!!

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Kristel Bijnen 1 year ago

Another majestic one!

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Jan Mazzulla 1 year ago

Moosie! I luvs moosies.

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Phoebe Bean 1 year ago

Lovely eyes!

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Celina 1 year ago

Is that a donut? Or a bagel?

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Pani Nimia 1 year ago

I love pigeons. They are beautiful and elegant, full of grace, social and cheerful. It is a pity that people do not appreciate them.

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sexy_scorpio_3MD 1 year ago

so cool! I love birds!