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.
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.
After passing through Isokuru it was time to head on up 411 steps of wooden stairs from the gorge.
We turned around every once in a while to look at the view of Isokuru gorge spreading underneath us, and everything looked so minuscule. Especially the trees on the other side of the gorge reminded me of a train track miniature I had had as a child.
After getting to the top, we continued past Uhrikallio (lit. sacrifice cliff), which was amazingly huge, but sadly not very photogenic as a place; the edge was largely covered by foliage, so it was tough to find a good angle to shoot. Nevertheless the place had a big, sort of mean looking rock formation in the bottom of a huge gorge along with a healthy looking swamp.
After this, we headed forward, even though the official route urged us to stay back. We figured we could make it without going the easy way, there was a trail after all… A good idea? A good place for a cliff hanger (ha, I’m too funny).
Three weeks ago from now, I was about to take a leap of faith perhaps bigger than ever. I was to face the family of my loved one and survive the lifestyle of an ever-working people. How would his family react to a city girl leading life so far apart from theirs? And how exactly was said girl supposed to cope in a culture perhaps more foreign to her than all the actual foreign places she had ever been to? Well, you know how you can make yourself feel a bit better in an unpleasant situation by thinking “Just remember you survived situation x and that was far worse than this“? This trip will definitely be filed under situation x.
There were however, better parts (or a part actually). We spent a day hiking in the Pyhä-Luosto national park. It was just me, him, our new dog (sort of) and the majestic Pyhä fells. That part I quite enjoyed, and thus photographed extensively.
After a few issues with the transportations, dust, too-much-men-in-a-cottage situations and fuel for our Trangia (portable camping stove), we started our hike in the national park. First up was Isokuru (lit. “big gorge”, what a nifty name, right?). This was rather striking when you where there, but unfortunately the scale of things can’t really be grasped from photos. What you can see, however is the general landscape: essentially there’s just tons and tons of rock. I am used to seeing a lot of rocks, but the rocks there aren’t like here in the south. The southern rocks have been polished and rounded by the ice cover during the latest ice age, but the rocks in the north haven’t. Thus, the northern rocks have pointy angles and very sharp edges. At Isokuru, the landscape was easy to work with, thanks to the built in wooden path. Later on though, we would end up crossing pretty vast fields of jagged rocks, relying only to our sense of balance and hiking boots. More on the rest of the journey on future posts. In the mean while, here are some pictures of Isokuru.
This sign was at the start of the hike. It shows some of the possible nature targets and the distance to them (km). So from that point, it was 1.5 km to the start of Isokuru.
The scenery on the way to Isokuru wasn’t bad either. We let our dog Nana wonder free. She had a blast :D
Here we are at Isokuru. The rocks and the wooden path are apparent.
This picture helps a bit in determining the scale of Isokuru. My boyfriend and Nana, in rather tiny form, appear in the picture :D
And finally me and Nana somewhere along Isokuru. It’s a shame there isn’t any pictures of the three of us together, but it’s only natural, since there wasn’t anyone there to take a picture.
I took a tour of Helsinki’s botanical gardens last week C: It was beond amazing! Of course my interest and possible future career based on them may have made the experience a tad more incredible for me, but I still recommend it to anyone tarrying in Helsinki.
I tryed to take a lot of pictures and here are a few. A couple of interesting close-ups of different kinds of plants C:
The bamboo is pretty amazing! C: And I really love these abstract textures on the plants ^^
A dream quote for today: “Follow your dreams and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” : 3
I really have to apologize about being quiet. The reason for this is mainly the fact that I nowadays have someone special in my life : 3 If you’re an early follower you’ll know how much this means to me, and I have got to say, I’m living the dream ^^
Here’s what I want to share with you today: A very adorable baby frog C: Although some might find these little creatures ugly or even disgusting, I firmly believe that this buddy and his friends are just misunderstood and under appreciated.
Look at those legs :D
A dream quote for today: “Our dreams lift us high were the world becomes beautiful again.” ^^