When nature makes you smile

In collaboration with Julie Audet, wildlife photographer.

Spending time in nature can have a very different meaning depending on who you are. For my part, I find that nature does wonders for my wellbeing and is sometimes even a form of necessary therapy!

When I head into nature, wildlife watching is by far what I like to do best. Of course, during outings, encounters are not immediate, even less guaranteed. But when they happen, it's always a real pleasure to rediscover what nature has to offer.

These moments are sometimes very brief, and sometimes longer, but in all cases, I’m never bored! This activity can lead to all kinds of situations which, combined with photography, can be very funny or very surprising indeed, especially in the heat of the moment. Sometimes, a great picture is just a coincidence between the timing of the photographer and the animal’s reaction. But, unsurprisingly, nature is always unveiled without a filter, and that's certainly what makes the natural world so charming!

Here's a little compilation of some of these moments captured in the heat of the action.

Julie Audet | © Sépaq

When the photographer returns to her car after having gone out to search for foxes, without finding a single one:

Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq

When an animal must clumsily make do with a winter that’s too long or capricious:

Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq

When nature likes to tease by only revealing little bits at a time:

Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq

When small daily gestures interfere with the momentum of the shutter button:

Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq

A great surprise

One of my funniest experiences was certainly that time when, after a day of hiking at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, at the end of winter, I found a paper note that someone had left on the door of the car parked right next to mine, which said: “BEWARE: You left one of your car doors open and a racoon invited itself into your vehicle! Someone closed the door without knowing who was inside…”

As I got closer, I saw the creature, behind the passenger seat, going through a handbag... He was just a little guy! This certainly didn’t stop him from wreaking havoc in the car! A story that nevertheless had a happy ending, I assure you. The owners had to wait a while with all the car doors open, before the tiny guest deigned to see himself out and continue life as a raccoon, but outside!

Julie Audet | © Sépaq
Julie Audet | © Sépaq

Julie Audet

About Julie Audet

Passionate about animals and nature, it's with her lenses that Julie Audet likes to capture and share the moments she encounters during her outings. The unique vision of nature that she presents in her photos is very personal and sensitive. Her pictures are often described as a form of poetry, since she knows how to shine emotions in every environment she captures.

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