09 April 2012

Snapshots of Nature on Easter, Southern Finland

April 2012

For me long Easter weekend was about friendship, (lots of) good food (lamb, eggs both organic & chocolate ones and loads of Mämmi) and slowly exploring nature with a camera. Had some luck with weather, although cold but sunny almost the whole time.

Early Spring time amazes year by year, how eagerly birds are flying back to Finland, how plants want to grow quickly, how all animals get busy about building new nests to their families. Hope I didn't disturb their life too much.

Near the coast one can see new birds arriving from the south, to spend next 6 to 8 months of their life in the northern hemisphere. It's always exciting to see some species for the very first time. This time I saw a pair of Common Cranes.

Here's some photos from southern Finland, on Easter weekend 2012.


Roads & Paths

Frozen road

Frost on ice

Skiing season's off

Shadows

Muddy road

Rough tarmac



Evolution Of Wood

Grand pine trees

A forest on a mire

'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'

Thick

Tall and alive

Tall and dead

Bending

Just the beginning

Young meets old

Loosing skin

Skin of a birch tree

Usnea

A cone

Manipulated



On The Field And Forest

Grass on grass

A field

Wild rosemaries, scent of a mire



Traces

Beginning of a spider's nest

One of these: Lynx?, Raccoon Dog? or Fox?

Grouse

A young stallion



Birdies etc.

Lots of whooper swans heading north

A pregnant lizard

Chaffinch

Woodpecker

Pair of Common Cranes



Plants etc.

Coltsfoot

New moss

New cottongrass



... And At The End

Still Life

Thanks Figo!

6 comments:

  1. Awesome photos! The shot of swans is really stunning. What camera did you use?

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    1. Thanks! I've got a Nikon's D90 and used a 70-300 zoom lense (1/4000s f5.6 300mm ISO400).

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  2. Absolutely great photos!!!

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  3. I third the comments above - great photos!

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