Spring time is great in nature. Birds, actually all animals, are in a great hurry of building nests, getting 'a family' together, planning new members for their families and so on. Plants are growing rapidly. Flowers are in bloom.
Spent a sunny Sunday on Karkali Nature Reserve a week ago. Situated about an hour's drive west from Helsinki, on a peninsula within Lake Lohja.
Terrain favoured herb plants like anemones. And there were lots of them, white, blue and even yellow ones. Mostly Karkali peninsula was covered by deep forest, had some steep rocks near the waterline. Anemones grew in deep forest, too.
There were some marked walking routes, longest about 6km. Stepping off the routes were prohibited. Parking lot was full. Met lots of families with their kids, birdwatchers and other people who enjoyed a lazy Sunday in nature.
Certainly it was a nice place to visit, especially during Spring.
Walked route by GPS (view in a larger map):
Karkali Strict Nature Reserve
|Slow lefthand corner|
|Into a coniferous forest|
Anemones, Anemones, more Anemones
|Aren't they beautiful?|
|Gosh. loads of them|
|On both sides|
|Damage on Boxing Day|
|Even coniferous forest had them|
|He's got a great knowledge of nature, PPP|
|A Wood Warbler|
|A Blue Tit|
|A Great Tit|
|Do you have a Twitter account? I'd like to follow you|
|Duckboards are not only for human beings|
|Show me your tongue and I'll show you mine|
|Spring flowers in bloom|
|A White Anemone|
|A Yellow Anemone|
|A Blue Anemone|
|We're not Anemones!|
|It's green out there!|
|Retired some time ago|
|New branch, new life|
|New Juniper berries, a Gin & Tonic, please!|
|There's a nut tree near by|
|A shallow pond|
What's Not Allowed?
|Hopping with a rope?|