While the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day is generally observed on November 1, the dominant Lutheran churches in Finland have celebrated it on the nearest Saturday since the mid-1950s.
Variously referred to as known as the Feast of All Saints, All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas, the day honours saints, martyrs and those who have died, especially during the previous year. Finns traditionally mark the day by lighting candles at the graves of loved ones.
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.
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.
Yesterday when I was taking photos of an agaric fly, I heard trumpets of cranes and I saw six wedges going straight to the south. It is always a very sad day to see them migrating, it definitely means the winter is soon here.
Here is more information of this beautiful mushroom, fly agaric.
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.)
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.
On Friday and Saturday we were picking black currants. The bushes were really full of berries. We have now in a freezer about 20 litres for the winter, and the bushes have still more, maybe for tomorrow.
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.
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.
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)
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.
It is coldest summer in twenty years. The sky is like a gray blanket above houses. The nature seems to like it, lots of water and sometimes a warm day. Everything is so green and all the flowers blossom.
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.
After a rainy and cold days, the temperature is now +25°C/ 77°F. These warm winds made our lilac tree blossom, I have never seen it so full of flowers as now. I am sorry I can´t have the odour in the photos. Our garden is like a perfumery.