My name is Eike Mross and I am 28 years old. When I was young… …I spent a lot of time playing in the forests around home… …and liked to observe the animals living there… while they behave absolutely undisturbed. After a while I wanted to do more than aiming the binoculars at the animals. So I bought my first camera… and started to capture my experiences. I like best to take pictures of the local mammals. In the past I took a lot of pictures of roe deer. This is really interesting because you can find them in a lot of different landscape forms (forests, fields, …), … which gives me more possibilities and depending on the environment each picture is looking different. More over in the north of Germany you can find some of the rare black-coloured roe deer. I am of course really happy each time I see one of them through my lens. Among the other things I like to photograph young red foxes in front of their fox den… …and badgers during the summer months… when they leave their badger’s set before there is not enough light anymore. Since 2012 there is also a wolf pack near my home During the last years I got the great possibility to take photographs of the wolves in different situations Raccoons, fallow deer, wild boars, raccoon dogs and red deer are … … more of the interesting subjects I took pictures of since the beginning of my passion For me, to be a part of nature, is the best about taking pictures of wild animals. If everything is working out, one can sample the animals undisturbed, … …so they act quite naturally. Furthermore you are face to face with wild animals, … which is going unnoticed by most of the people. At best I am able to capture the situation and get a nice memory. An impressive experience was capturing my first wolf. In January 2013 I managed to take a photo of it. After 2.5 month of tracking the wolf, one day early in the morning I came to my first shot. He came up to me on a path full of snow. I seized the chance to make a few pictures. That was a great experience, because I had the chance to watch him for a while. Another situation I will never forget, was an encounter with a young badger. The overtired badger came up to me while he was searching for some food. He got closer and closer and closer and … finally he was sniffeling on the tip of my shoe, until he realized that there was a human in front of him. Frightened he turns around but he still continued searching for some food in the forest. That was another unique experience that I will not forget anymore. My latest project is to keep up myself busy with capturing the European otter. I know a course of a river where the otter appears regular. Once I had the possibility to observe and take pictures of a female otter with two young puppies. Last winter I detected the otter quiet often, when he was catching some fish; amongst others he caught a very huge pike. The otter is a very shy animal, why I have to spend a lot of time to detect him… …and to wait at places where he left some leftovers. So I spend a lot of time waiting for him to come back to that places.