The Arctic. Late morning.
I have been in the Arctic for a couple of days; nothing is going the way I want it to, it’s freezing, nothing around me is familiar. Every moment is spent figuring out how to protect my self from the cold. No internet, no loved ones, I have no control.
I’ve traveled all the way to shoot wolves, but they are nowhere to be found.
I am feeling miserable.
On the 4th day, my guide and I decided to give me the day off from sitting in the tent and waiting for the wolves, so we decided to take a ride and explore.
The scenery is as good as being in heaven. For the first time in a few days, I felt happy; I was in the moment.
We came across 12 Musk Oxen. I got on the back of his snowmobile and took photographs of them running. Everything was absolutely perfect; it was not cold; everything around me was stunning. At this point, I lost the fear of the cold. I knew my loved ones were doing well. I was enjoying the land, I didn’t need the internet. This is when I begin photographing Musk Oxen.
I was just miserable in my head, but being in the moment changed everything. Even though the environment and the circumstances stayed the same.
Male and also female musk oxen have long curved horns. Musk oxen stand 4 to 5 ft high. They have a small tail which is concealed under a layer of fur. Adults, on average 630 pounds. The thick coat and large head suggest a larger animal than the muskox truly is. Their coat, a mix of dark/ greyish brown, includes long guard hairs that almost reach the ground. Musk oxen are occasionally domesticated for wool, meat, and also milk.They mark their trails with preorbital glands. A musk ox can reach speeds of 37 mph. Their life expectancy is 12–20 years.
Musk oxen live in herds of 12–24 during winter and 8–20 in the summer. Male and also female musk oxen both have separate age-based hierarchies like most wildlife groups. The mature oxen are always dominant over the juveniles. Dominant musk oxen often get access to the best resources and also land. They will displace subordinates from patches of grass during the winter season. Musk oxen bulls assert their dominance in many ways. Bulls are also known to roar, they swing their heads, and also paw the ground. The dominant bulls often treat subordinate bulls like cows. A dominant bull will casually kick subordinates. Subordinate bulls can change their status among herds by charging at the dominant bull.
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