Snowing. Идёт снег. Sataa lunta.

Today we saw the first snowflakes, but they melted away, so we didn´t have the first snow cover. We hope to have warm, sunny days, because October is too early for winter to came.

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The beautiful Hydrangea with creamy pinkish flowers is now turned brown after night frost.

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Post-glacial rebound. Maankohoaminen.

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In Southwest Finland these areas in the photos are the results of post-glacial rebound, they have been earlier under the sea. In several ports, like in the city of Pori, the harbour has had to be relocated several times. I took the photos 27.9.2017 and the day was very misty.

Post-glacial rebound is the rise of land masses that were depressed by the huge weight of ice sheets during the last glacial period, through a process known as isostatic depression.

During the last glacial period, much of northern Europe, the whole Finland was under ice sheets, Asia, North America, Greenland and Antarctica was covered by ice sheets. The ice was as thick as three kilometres during the last glacial maximum about 20,000 years ago. The enormous weight of this ice caused the surface of the Earth’s crust to deform and warp downward, forcing the viscoelastic mantle material to flow away from the loaded region. At the end of each glacial period when the glaciers retreated, the removal of the weight from the depressed land led to slow (and still ongoing) uplift or rebound of the land and the return flow of mantle material back under the deglaciated area. Due to the extreme viscosity of the mantle, it will take many thousands of years for the land to reach an equilibrium level.

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Cranes! Kurkia!

We have still here some cranes here. Younger ones have already left, but families stay longer waiting for those born in the summer getting stronger for a long flight to Northern Africa. This common crane is a large, stately bird. It is 100–130 cm (39–51 in) long with a 180–240 cm (71–94 in) wingspan.

These photos are not very sharp, because the cranes were so far away.

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Amanita. Fly agaric. Мухомор. Kärpässieni.

Here is more information of this beautiful mushroom, fly agaric.

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Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

Arguably the most iconic toadstool species, the fly agaric is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, and is one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture.

Although classified as poisonous, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling—which weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom’s psychoactive substances—it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. Amanita muscaria is noted for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. The mushroom was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the peoples of Siberia, and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on possible traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in other places such as the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Scandinavia. ( Wikipedia.)

 

A house for a hedgehog. Дом ёжа. Siilin talo.

My husband is building a new house for a hedgehog. We help a hedgehog putting some dry hay inside the house and it can collect more if needed. It carries hay in it´s mouth and it is a huge work. The house is made waterproof. If it is warm days in winter and the snow is melting, water can´t get inside the house and wet a sleeping inhabitant and then freeze it when it is frost again.  This house will be the third one under a huge pile of branches and dry leaves in a peaceful corner in our yard. My husband said that this easy to build and it is very important, because nowadays hedgehogs is very difficult to find a place for winter because of too clean gardens and yards.

 

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At the beginning.
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A safety wall. A curious paw outside can´t find anything.
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Air condition.
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The legs keep the floor in the house dry.
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Ready to move in.
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Under  these branches and leaves is now two houses and tomorrow there will be three houses. Last winter the houses were occupied and we saw in August a tiny hedgehog.

 

 

 

 

A forest. Metsä. Лес.

Yesterday we made a walk to a forest, I was taking photos, my husband was checking that this forest does well and is growing. Everything there is ready for the winter to come.

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A peaceful place in an area of young spruces.
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A mushroom castle.
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Beard moss on an old spruce.
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False lily of the valley. The Finnish name is oravanmarja,  a squirrels´s berry.
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And squirrels have food.
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This forest, named Niskavuori,  gave us juicy rasberries to eat.

 

A day in August. Elokuun päivä.

This August has some days left. Our temperatures are like in October, today +13 °C/ 54°F. The wind blows straight from the North. Berries and apples are all soon ready to pick. We picked today all the redcurrants, black ones were not ripe enough. The leaves of cherry trees are turning yellow and falling down. Apples have already red cheeks.

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My hubby picking redcurrants.
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Blackcurrants.
Kirsikkapuu
Cherry trees.
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Red cheeks.

Lucifer and Klaara.

A strong heat wave, called Lucifer, attacked Europe last week and Lucifer´s tail hit for us two warm and sunny days, Thursday and Friday. After that a thunderstorm Klaara visited us on Saturday and Sunday.

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Heat wave Lucifer gave us some summer days.
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After Klaara.
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Flowers are decorated with raindrops.
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One of my favourite flowers, a soapwort.
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Clematis.
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“Raindrops keep falling on my head”.

 

Visiting Ähtäri Zoo. Snow Leopards. Ирбис.

Profiili lumileo

Lumileo kieli

Leot

The snow leopard or ounce (Panthera uncia syn. Uncia uncia) is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because, as of 2003, the size of the global wild population was estimated at 4,080–6,590 adults. Fewer than 2,500 individuals may be reproducing in the wild. As of 2016, estimates for the size of the global population vary from at least 4,080 to about 8,700 individuals. ( Wikipedia)

 

Visiting Ähtäri Zoo.

Some information, Ähtäri Zoo website: “Ähtäri Zoo was established in 1973 and nowadays houses 65 animal species of Scandinavian forest zone. The zoo is spread in 60 hectares, in a very nice wide natural environment, surrounded by different terrains and vegetation. There is a 3 km and a 1.5 km walking routes and approximately 300 animals. It is open every day throughout the year. The most popular animals are our bears, endangered snow leopards and new animals takinies from Himalaya, endangered as well.”

There is two bear cubs, 1,5 years old and they are playing, like children do.

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One cub was swimming. Tuesday was a hot day.
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The other one was swinging in a cartyre.
Sisällä renkaassa
It was really fun.
Ulos renkaasta
Now to the pool.
Krokokarhu
There was a crocobear waiting.
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Walking to the pool.
Yhdessä
Hello!
Suut auki
Who was here first?
Koko karhu
Here was a peanut.
Naama
Thank you for reading.

 

Frosty nights in July. Hallaöitä heinäkuussa.

Yes, the temperature at nights has been now under 0°C/ 32°F twice. This is very strange, like the whole spring. Last winter we had not much snow, the spring was cold and rainy and two weeks late. Some birds just visited us and turned back to warmer areas.  Thirty years ago we have had as cold June as now. In the daytime in July is has been about 20°C/ 68°F.

Many flowers and trees didn´t blossom at all, but this lily, in Finnish the name is shadow lily, Lilium Martagon, is in full glamour.

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Midsummer night.

We made yesterday our traditional Midsummer Night drive to see the sunset and the sunrise on the west coast.

We started at seven o´clock in the evening. At first we needed gasoline for the car.

Tankkaus

The sky was full of heavy clouds, but we wished the wind will blow them away while driving to the west coast. The temperature was only +13°C/ 55°F.

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At half past eight we arrived to Krookka guest harbour in Merikarvia by the Bothnian Sea.
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Every Midsummer Eve we have seen this “pirate” sailing there.
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Boats on the harbour. Clouds have disappeared.
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When arriving at ten o`clock to the Fish harbour of Kasala, the evening sun painted everything with its colours.
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There is a tower for  watching the sea and birds. We were almost alone, only one car was there.
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A view from the tower.
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A view from the tower.
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A view from the tower.

We continued our trip to Kiili, in the town of Kristiinankaupunki, a very famous place to watch the sunset at Midsummer night. We were there about eleven o`clock.

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The sky when we arrived.
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The sun behind the clouds.
Lokki ja taivas
Seagulls were fishing.

 

Säteittäiset pilvet
The sunset.

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It is midnight.

 

 

 

Keskiyö
The sun has gone behind the horizon. The darkest moment of the night.

After seeing the sunset we started the trip back home.

 

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At two o´clock the sun was raising. The temperature was only +3°C/ +36°F and fog was also raising.
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We arrived at home about four o´clock.  We hope we will have our permanent home by the sea as soon as possible.