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.
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.
A sad story with almost a happy end.
After loading photos of geese and ducks I noticed interesting reflections in the water. These birds were inside of a glass house.
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.
Today, instead of normal rain, we had a thunderstorm.
Hmmmm, I mean I´m sleeping in the rain.
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.
We have many magpies living in your garden. This one, born in spring, is very talkative. It sits on a top of a tree and imitates our speech.
We have seen the sun today!
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.
How much you pay for your gasoline? Here is our prices in euros for a litre. One gallon is 3,785 litres, one litre is 0,264 US gallons.
And thank you for answering with a Midsummer rose, who decided to blossom now.
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.
Happy people were having a party last weekend.
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.
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.
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.
It is midnight.
After seeing the sunset we started the trip back home.
It is a live camera in the fjell Saana in northern Lapland. If it is not working, let me know.
Yötön yö is nightless night in Finnish. The sun is above the horizon till the end of July.
These photos are taken yesterday In Panelia, a village in southwest Finland. A camera does not tell the truth how huge these fields are. Long, long ago this whole area has been under a sea.
This blog has been very quiet almost two weeks. We had some real summer days, then it started to rain. It was good, because it was such a long dry season we had to water our trees and plants, but to take beautiful photos of rain was difficult.
I had also problems to transfer photos from the camera to the computer, I didn´t find any reason why, and today everything worked quite easily.
What was the first surprise? It was and is a cat. We saw in winter a grey cat in our yard when it was more than -20°C/ -4°F cold. We tried to take it inside, but it was very fearful and ran away. We didn´t see it again and we thought that it didn´t survive. When the few summer days came, so came this cat back. It was a tiny cat, just skin and bones. After feeding it stayed in our yard. So we continued to feed her, no more “it” and one day my husband carried her to our sauna, as a quarantine place. She just slept and ate for two weeks and then she started to explore the house.
Kosmo knew that we have a cat in sauna, the girl was spitting and growling there. Then they were allowed to see each others shortly. Kosmo was at first very angry, and I think, jealous, too. Day by day they got more common time, it was hissing and fighting at the beginning, but every day was better, and yesterday I saw Kosmo licking her head.
When we took that girl to our sauna, we decided to let her eat and sleep some days and then we will take her to a shelter. The end of a story: she is still here and her name Pippi, after the wisest cat we have ever had.
The second almost surprise was a postcard from Benji and Ms. Zulu in Florida. This photo of the card is not very sharp, but you see there our two doggie friends. Here is a link to their blog, which is full of adventures https://lifeofbenji.com
Our cherry trees managed to blossom in spite of a very cold spring. These flowers are like small work of arts, made of silk and amazingly beautiful embroidery.
Light green birches mean here so much. Dark and cold winter is behind. Warm days and white nights are here.
The cherryplum trees “Podarok of St. Petersburg” are in to blossom. In two sunny days the trees are suddenly full of small white flowers, every branch is fully covered with these flowers. At the end of August these trees have small, yellow and very sweet plums.
We planted these trees inthe spring 2012, they were about 1,20 m/ 3,5 ft high.
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