Everything is ready for the summer.
During these first months of a year we have blue moments after a sunset. Everything is blue, the sky, snow, air. Today the sun rose 9.41 and sets 15.26. It is cold now and birds sit up on birches trying to catch every possible sun beam for warming.
This December has been the darkest December ever. Today we saw a tiny piece of blue sky, and we felt the spring is near, behind the corner of three months.
This day is very important for us here in the north. We have counted days and now it is here. The days are getting longer and the light increases day by day. We will see the sun. In the pic is the lightest moment today.
Hi, it´s me, Kosmo, here.
What a surprise! Our Peace Lily has flowers at the darkest time of the year, so special, beautiful flowers. Remember, this is dangerous for cats.
Hi, it`s me, Kosmo, in faraway Finland full of snow.
It has been boring, so I decided to build house for a mouse. I have never seen one, but I know they are small. Here is the whole story in these photos.
No animals were hurt or eaten.
Take care of your humans.
Hi, it´s me Kosmo here. Yesterday all the people and animals had a snow storm in Europe and they got bored to snow and sent it here. It has been snowing the whole day. Everything is covered with white, soft snow. Very beautiful!
What about the butter, you ask now. I love butter! In this pic my dad has butter in his finger for me. Behind me is a window and all you see is white, that´s snow. There is a thermometer in the window, look under my chin, it is 0°C/ 32°F. Not cold at all andl this snow will melt away, again. That may lift water in rivers too high, and there is flood alarm in the West coast.
Take care of your humans!
It´s me, Kosmo, here. This blog has been quiet, too quiet, and you see the reason in the photo above. Here is nobody, here is dark and raining. Wet ground feels terrible in my soft paws. Mom has not rushed out with her camera, no birds, some magpies, no flowers. It looks like we are hibernating until we will see the sun.
Kosmo, a cat in faraway Finland.
This photo is taken at midnight 21th of June. Now it is too dark to take a photo at noon.
Here is sunny music for everybody missing the sun.
The polar night occurs in the northernmost and southernmost regions of the Earth when the night lasts 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.
In Northern parts of Finland this polar night starts 25.11. In Finnish it is called kaamos. The sun in under the horizon about eight weeks. It is not totally dark , it is soft twlight.
Here in our area the sun doesn´t go under the horizon, but the shortest day, the sun above the horizon, is only about three and half hours.
Black Friday has arrived to Finland. Today was the first time when every shop had Black Friday and – 30%, -50% signs everywhere. In a big mall shops were empty, so this Friday was not big success, but our sky had a great “black clouds” show.
What are you doing in my blog, you old … Ok, just once, or twice, I have to take a nap.
Hi, it´s me Kosmo here. An amazing story in today´s newpaper, a cat named Pörri, is working in Pyhtää municipality. She works in an information office and welcomes all the visitors. She has worked there already seven years. She lives in a nearby house, and is every morning ready to work. She has, of course, an ID card.
Iltalehti newspaper presented Pörri, a working cat, today.
A cat is KISSA in Finnish, I pronounced like i in a word lip and A like a in a word car.
And here she is!
It´s me, Kosmo, a cat in faraway Finland here. And what has happened here? Nothing, I say.
The first snow melted away soon and the it has been raining, raining and raining. I don´t remember a year so rainy as this one, hmm… I am about four years, but rainy anyway.
It is dark here as in a coal mine, never been there though, Midsummer night is brighter than our daytime now. I got my Christmas tree already, it is outside, the lights I will have at the beginning of December. Some cats have the lights on in their yards in this rain, looks like a very sad circus.
Mom has not been blogging at all, so I have to do this, she has been walking, knitting and reading a book with strange letters, like плджщшгцыю, and making strange sounds. So I will be in charge of this blog for a while. I try to read your blogs, I know how to open this machine, lid up, lights on, and a long nail out to the letters, and that´s it. I am going to take a nap just now…
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.
The official first snow.
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.
This hedgehog needs to get more weight for staying alive over the winter. We have helped it with with catfood.
The last butterflies were flying on 26.9. I noticed for the first time during this summer some red admirals in our Japanese hydrangea. This red admiral is quite big, a 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) wingspan.
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.
As you remeber I was worried were are all the butterflies. On Saturday suddenly their most famous plant was full of them.
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 Ligularia dentata, kallionauhus in Finnish, have always been full of butterflies. This year it hardly gets it´s blossoms open, and I have not seen butterflies at all.
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.
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.
Clouds sailed today very low and slowly, green color on fields looked very dark.