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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Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

This is my favorite, a red squirrel!

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Micki Van Patten
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3 years ago

My favorite so far. So beautiful

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Fabulous
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3 years ago

Another cover squirrel

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Kawaii DoveyDove
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3 years ago

Beautiful bird!

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

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

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Janetinabasket
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3 years ago

Most beautiful squirrel I've ever seen!

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Emilia
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3 years ago

so beautiful!

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Hari Onago
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3 years ago

Those colors! Beautiful.

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Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

AWWW! YES! Love those ears!

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Ekisu Sant
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3 years ago

So small....

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Janetinabasket
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3 years ago

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

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Micki Van Patten
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3 years ago

Wow, I can't even say...

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

the highland cow are the coolest!

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Celina
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3 years ago

Strix Nebulosa! Cool!

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

his tiny little thighs are so cute

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Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

Yummy taste like chicken!

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Virgil Blue
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3 years ago

What lovely silver eyes you got.

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Sheila Weila
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3 years ago

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

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

What a wonderful photo!

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Debbie Andersson
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3 years ago

So content with its little piece of food, love it.

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

That is one chill squirrell

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Jan Mazzulla
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3 years ago

I would love to know what he's saying.

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Nora
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3 years ago

It looks a tamed one..

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Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

It's tail 😍

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Beautiful!

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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

I smell a mouse.

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Joanne Kamiya
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3 years ago

Beautiful!

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Jan Mazzulla
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3 years ago

Incredible contrast

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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

Aw, be shy little red.

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Annette Laney
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3 years ago

OH NO they see me- i must run

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Janetinabasket
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3 years ago

Spectacular!!!

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

I can't get enough of these squirrels!

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Marnee DeRider
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3 years ago

So, are these not wild animals?

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Cindy Reid
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3 years ago

He truly looks like a fairy tale creature.

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Janetinabasket
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3 years ago

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

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Look at that cute face!

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Celina
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3 years ago

It looks like the little fox is smiling!

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Andrea Seiden Giroux
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3 years ago

I love this one.

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Anna Wiązowska
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3 years ago

These colors!

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Nora
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3 years ago

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

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Tiny cutie pie!

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Jan Mazzulla
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3 years ago

Peanut and Chill.

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Marnee DeRider
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3 years ago

Are they raccoons?

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Jan Mazzulla
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3 years ago

I am singing the song of my sheeple.

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Jan Mazzulla
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3 years ago

Ooooh, that's the spot.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

"Make sure I look wonderful !"

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Marnee DeRider
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3 years ago

Fox is like, "Okay, enough photos already!"

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

Looks lit

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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

"I tot I saw a puddy cat."

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Janetinabasket
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3 years ago

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

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

💜💜💜💜💜💜

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Just chillin'

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

Beautiful

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

-sniff sniff- "what are you?"

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Nina Dragon
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3 years ago

This one is amazing!

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Micki Van Patten
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3 years ago

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

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Marla Cundiff
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3 years ago

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

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

Gorgeous

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Marnee DeRider
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3 years ago

His adorable paws are too big for his body.

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Greta Toločkaitė
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3 years ago

this fox has an adorable resting guilty dog face <3

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

Hmm..think there is something over there

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

Beautiful 💜💜💜💜💜💜

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Awwww

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

I see youuuuuu. Great photography

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Carla Douglas
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3 years ago

Love this

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Jan Mazzulla
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3 years ago

Moosie! I luvs moosies.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Lovely eyes!

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Celina
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