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Putorana Plateau



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A Gentle Touch on Harsh Land
Photograph by Randy Olson

Hostile terrain turns soft and succulent during the tundra’s fleeting summer, when fungi and lichens thrive. Such ground cover feeds wandering herds of reindeer, as well as Putorana’s rare snow sheep. Numbering fewer than 6,000, these elusive sheep inhabit the region’s most remote plateaus, which rise to 5,000 feet (1,5200 square meters).



Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Velvia
Lens: 60mm Macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Gray
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: None





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