Just before my internship concerning plant communities in the peatland was due to start, I decided I wanted to get myself in swamp mode by visiting a nearby mire. I wanted to remind myself of the beauty of peatlands, and the best way for me to observe beauty, is through my camera lens. Here are some of my favs from the day.
This beautiful sundew plant, Drosera rotundifolia, is one of my favorites, and grows commonly in many types of peatlands throughout Finland.
Andromeda polifolia, a low shrub which also turned out to be very common in the two swamp areas where I did my internship, has delicate but beautiful flowers. It’s commonness in the peatlands of Finland may be represented by its Finnish name “Suokukka”, which literally means mire flower.
The last shot is more overall picture, that showcases IMO beautifully the texture of the plants from the peat level. There are several species in the picture, but I do not feel the need to name them, since this is not meant to be a picture for plant identification, but rather an esthetic and abstract representation of a spot in the sun.
A dream quote for a new start: “Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.” – KT Witten
I started my summer holiday about a week ago. Up until today, I’ve been totally exhausted. First, the task of getting 20 credits at the uni in a bit less that 2 months (the recommendation is 30 per semester, but they only require 23). Then on the following week of my last exam, I started a two month internship in a project focused on studying the peatland ecosystem, and more specifically said ecosystems plant communities in relation with the greenhouse gases released from the mire. More on the internship in the future post(s).
Now I am finally able to breath, lay back and de-stress, and with the added free time and energy, I felt like updating the blog a bit. Spring was a blizzard of weird iPhone snaps that aren’t worth going into much, but I did manage to take some actually worth while shots as summer progressed. I’ll be putting a bunch of them up here in the future C:
The weather this summer has so far been the coldest Finnish summer in the recorded history. Thank you mr. murphy for making the only summer when I have to work outside a crappy one! Thankfully, just as my newly found holiday spirit has started to show itself, so has the sun :D There are cloudless skies and warm nights on the forecast this week, and it finally seems like the summer’s here.
Tuesday being Epiphany, and a rather sunny, although cold, winter day, I decided to go for a walk. I armed myself with my film camera and my iPhone, not really thinking about going to shoot something specific, but rather deciding to have them in case something happened to come up.
I walked to the river that flows through the town center and was faced with this.
At this point I was glad that I took my film camera, but obviously, the pictures I took with that are still in the roll of film that needs to be developed. I decided that I wanted to have some coloured pictures, and ones I could immediately show to other people, so I took a few snaps with the phone as well.
The conditions were perfect, the sun shining through the water that was evaporated thanks to the cold. I was ecstatic, and took more pictures with both of the cameras.
But then. DISASTER. Just as I had gotten to the most perfect spot, ready to snap a pic with the phone… A tiny thermometer appeared on the screen. Below it an announcement. The phone was going to shut itself right there and then. The reason? It needed to “cool down”. I mean for Christ’s sake, -20 celsius (that’s -4 F) is pretty cool to me. This really just takes the cake. That’s modern technology for you! :D
Thankfully the good old mechanical film camera worked like a charm.
A dream quote for today: ” Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you” – Unknown
Let this be the year you shine! Excel in your work or studies, start a hobby that makes you feel enlightened or be the spark of hope that your friend or family member needs. Stop being a wallflower and let yourself be seen and heard. If you were waiting for a sign, this is it! C:
Happy new year!
“Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.” – Richard Wilkins
Just wishing everyone happy holidays, and merry Christmas to everyone who’ll be celebrating it.
I really don’t care a lot about traditions, except when it comes to Christmas. Tomorrow I am going to celebrate with my closest family, and every detail down to the tablecloths will be as it always has been. Although I quickly get bored with routines, it is just so reassuring to know that even if everything else in my life changes, I can always come home for Christmas and everything will be just as I remembered.
One of our traditions is to get a christmas tree, a Serbian spruce (Picea omorika) to be exact, and dress it with all sorts of tiny ornaments. Here’s a picture of one of the decorations: a small glass angel.
I hope you all have a relaxing holiday, weather it be traditional or not!
Yestreday I promised I would finish up this Lapland series, so here goes! First off, I couldn’t resist starting with the above picture. It is probably my favorite from the entire trip. It is taken about 11.20 p.m on top of Noitatunturi (lit. witch fell). What an amazing view!
The next stop in our hike was Karhunjuomalampi (lit. Bear’s drinking pond), where we filled our water bottles and ate some camping food. There was a lovely, rather modern lean-to, which we gladly utilized.
After that we started to walk to the top of Noitatunturi (lit. witch feel). The way was easy at first: just a slight incline and a good path. But as we got further to the top, it got steeper and the clear trail started to fade. The views were amazing though.
When we finally made it to the top, it was nearly midnight, and we were all incredibly tired. The view was surreal though. You wouldn’t have guessed it was so late, because the sun was up.
So after we got to the top, we set up our tent and tried to get to morning. The night was rather cold and windy, and it’s fair to say the mood didn’t exactly match the hight of our location. Thus, we quickly packed up our stuff and started to head down. The return route was on the opposite side from the one we had come, but the landscape was pretty similar.
After we got down, we arrived to Oravalampi (lit. Squirrelpond), where we again filled our water bottles and had something to eat in a lean-to.
Soon the trail changed into an easy-to-walk boardwalk again, and soon we emerged from to woods back to civilization.