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.