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
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3 years ago

70 pinup 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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Trash.Can.Pizza
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3 years ago

this bird looks like skyrim

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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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Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

Atishoo, God bless u!

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

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

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Snow Cat
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3 years ago

Nice tit

Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

OMG You made me laugh out loud!

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Debbie Andersson
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3 years ago

Touchdown!

Hari Onago
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3 years ago

Those colors! Beautiful.

layne
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3 years ago

now this could sustain such a small one for a while

Reta Taylor
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3 years ago

Wow, birds never cease to amaze me with their beautiful colors and they interesting behavior!

Hamlets twin
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3 years ago

vroooooooom click vrooooooooom *screeeeeeeetch* vrooooooooooooooooomm!!!

Diana Lantow
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3 years ago

Touchdown,our side!

Peggy Ward
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3 years ago

All righty I've got you good and tight now!

Barbara Baxendale
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3 years ago

My nut, go get your own !!

Kim Zaczynski
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3 years ago

Mine, mine, mine!

Cujo McCloskey
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3 years ago

grab a stone and crack it!

AnneMarie Lowell
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3 years ago

Darn it, I shouldn't have re-gifted that nutcracker!

Ilona Glaubitz
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3 years ago

Aranyos

sexy_scorpio_3MD
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3 years ago

Gorgeous!

Barbara Sall
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3 years ago

How do you open this thing?

Barbara Mannion
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3 years ago

Tiny treasure - miss having blue tits here . . .

Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

"Wow, this is going to be...a tough nut to crack..." [silence] "ooh, tough room."

Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

That chickadee is having quite the grappling match! LOL

Virgil Blue
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3 years ago

"Ok, I got the nut. Now what?"

Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

Rub a dub dub thanks Jesus for my grub!

Pattie Kelly
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3 years ago

I don't think I can get this nut cracked. Does anyone have a nut cracker?

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

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

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Melissa Nunya
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3 years ago

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

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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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Nora
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3 years ago

Those eyes are very expressive

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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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Janetinabasket
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3 years ago

Squirrel Zumba! And left, and right.

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Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

Yummy taste like chicken!

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Sheila Weila
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3 years ago

Thank you for the treats, stranger with a camera.

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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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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

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

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Heather Johnson
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2 years ago

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

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

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

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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

Cirque du Soliel Finland

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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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AnneMarie Lowell
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3 years ago

How's tricks?

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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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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Majestic!

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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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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

Got any nuts?

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Celina
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3 years ago

It looks like the little fox is smiling!

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Sykz
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3 years ago

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

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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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Sykz
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3 years ago

Trash Pandas?

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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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Wyndmere
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3 years ago

I see eternity in Those eyes.

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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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Sykz
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3 years ago

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

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Just chillin'

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Stunning!

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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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Karen Krause
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3 years ago

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

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Debbie Reynolds
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3 years ago

Sweet

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Sykz
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3 years ago

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

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Andrea Seiden Giroux
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3 years ago

Nice!

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Kristel Bijnen
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3 years ago

Awwww

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