Lightflux - Images from the outside

The summer that never happened

April 16, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The summer that never happened

This Peacock butterfly woke up from his winter hibernation with his wings torn. He got help getting outside the window, but was dead on the ground only minutes later. Spring and new life is not for everyone.

Fantsnäs, mid April.

Brainfreeze

January 18, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Brainfreeze

At times, life is peculiar. It’s not really like you’d expect to wake up, walk out the door and find a giant, frozen brain in a waterfall, right? Or am I’m just being too narrow-minded here?

Vanhankaupunginkoski, Helsinki, mid January

The Fall

January 18, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Fall

Finally, some ice and snow. Those who complained about the lack of snow have already moved on and are now complaining about the cold weather. Those complaining about the darkness are a bit in-between, but before late they’ll be able to whine about not being able to sleep because it’s too light. And then they’ll have the mosquitoes . . .

Vanhankaupunginkoski, Helsinki, mid January

A little glimpse of summer

December 9, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

 A little glimpse of summer

. . . and the colors that were, and will be. But mostly, as per usual around this time of the year, they are birthday flowers for Lil’ Sis’!

Långholmen, late May

The Nutcracker

December 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Nutcracker

Eurasian Jays are suspicious folks. They don’t really trust yours truly to provide them with nuts for the whole winter, so they grab all they can carry and hide them away somewhere. And probably forget where most of them are. This one at least had the manners to pose in front of a background of similar colours.

Fantsnäs, very early December.

Yakety Yak

November 21, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Yakety Yak

This one’s interactive, you get to figure out the dialogue. Something like this: Mr. Eagle comes home after a long day hunting, and Mrs. E goes . . .

Kuhmo, early August

Eino

November 17, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Eino

Eino was a storm, of sorts. He looked like this, sort of.

Fantsnäs, mid November.

…and fire in the sky

November 8, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

...and fire in the sky

No, it’s not lake Geneva. It’s just another quiet Friday night over the Rock, downtown Hell-sinki.

Krunika, late May.

Frosty Fall

November 4, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Frosty Fall

Maverick killed the Mac. Now the Mac is back.

Not much frost this fall, really, but this was shot during one of the few mornings.

Fantsnäs, mid October.

Takeoff

October 2, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Takeoff

One last wigeon leaving for the long flight south. Or maybe he’s just off to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Lightflux tomorrow?

Fantsnäs, late September.

On the move II

September 29, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

On the move II

This past week has been one of mass migration. The chilly northerlies sent Cranes, Wigeons, Teals, waders and Wagtails southwards, among many others. Today, masses of Barnacle Geese were on the go. Luckily, there is a fair chance that they’ll be back next year.

Fantsnäs, late September

The Conductor

September 25, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Conductor

Yes, humanizing animal behaviour is silly. But with a gesture like this, how can you not? And besides, while this Whooper Swan probably don’t care too much how the second fiddle hits her b flat, he sure was the chief of the bay despite some fifty Cranes and tens of Greylag geese present. In the avian hierarchy, mass rules. Simple.

Fantsnäs, mid September.

On the move

September 23, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

On the move

While there may not seem to be a whole lot of movement in this image, these juvenile Ruffs are very much on the go. Migrating from their area of birth among the wetlands in the north, they stop along the way, spending their days in a foraging frenzy to bulk up before they head to Africa. It´s 30 000 km one way, and yes, their parents left some months ago. Let’s hope their genetical GPS is in order.

Fantsnäs, mid September.

Mountain Ash Nightmare

August 29, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Mountain Ash Nightmare

Yup, trees are generally pretty peaceful. But you never know. It’s not like us humans are treating them very nicely.

Fantsnäs, mid August

Strike

August 20, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Strike

It’s getting dark on the mire. The photographer sees nothing but shadows, the camera apparently a bit more. But for the eagle, catching tonight’s supper is no biggie.

Kuhmo, early August

Forest light

August 12, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Forest light

August light has a special feel to it. Mostly, it’s just plain summer, nice but a little dull. But occasionally, there’s a hint of whats to come in a month or so.

Fantsnäs, mid August.

Mean

August 5, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Mean

Or just very determined? At least he’s hungry, and the ravens would be wise to stay out of his way.

Kuhmo, early August.

Green Light II

June 12, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Green Light II

Yeah, I know, a lot of green light. But it´s  that time of the year.  Not a lot one can do about that.

Fantsnäs, early June.

Arktika

May 26, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Arktika

They come in thousands, millions even. Barnacle geese, Brant geese, Long-tailed Ducks, Common scoters and Loons, among others. They’re in a hurry, and they are very, very determined: to get to the tundra and breed during the brief Arctic summer. In the fall, they will return more quietly, but next spring the magical race is on again.

Storkobban, late May

Lily of the valley

May 13, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Lily of the valley

It’s a small world. To think that this flower was originated by a tear from the Virgin Mary, and now it grows in Östra Nyland. What are the odds?

Btw, no animals were harmed during the making of this image, and neither were the colors boosted in post.

Fantsnäs, early May.

Happy Bird

April 25, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Happy Bird

Well, Mr. Merganser certainly looks happy now. So all is good, probably, although that smile does look just a little bit suspicious…

Fantsnäs, mid April

Angry Bird

April 25, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Angry Bird

Not claiming to be a reader of birds´ minds, I still can’t help but think that Mrs. Merganser here isn’t quite a happy camper.  And Mr. M. in the background, doesn’t he look a bit . . . ashamed?

Fantsnäs, mid April

The day after

April 21, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The day after

This buddy was up all night chattin’ to da ladies, at 5 a.m. he was still hooing and wooing . . . No wonder he needs a little afternoon nap.

And yes, this is a wild Tawny Owl, he just happens to like this old barn.

Fantsnäs, mid April

The Sign

April 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Sign

In normal years, the Blackbird is one of the first signs of spring, arriving early with its characteristic black suit and vibrato flute. This year, it seems like it remains the only sign . . . Well, according to this prophecy there´s only 23 days left of winter, so enjoy!

Fantsnäs, early April

The Visitors

March 27, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Visitors

“Take us to the leader of this planet” was all I heard before I ran away. I never had the chance to ask where they came from, nor why they wanted to meet Mr. Zuckerberg.

Långholmen, early August.

Patient Swans

March 24, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Patient Swans

Mute Swans can handle anything, except ice. They need open water to reach the seaweed they’re feeding on. Right now they fill up just about every little area of open sea in the archipelago, just waiting, waiting for spring to finally arrive.

Åland, mid March.

Hungry

March 18, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Hungry

Voles come and go in cycles. With a life expectancy of about 6 months and very efficient breeding, the variation is significant. Right now, we´re seeing the bottom of a cycle. So who cares? Well, this Great Grey owl may care. He´s travelled far from the North all the way to Helsinki looking for food. With insufficient nutrition he may not breed this year, which means less owls, which means more voles, which means . . . well, you get it. Hungry or not, he looks kinda cool.

Stansvik, early March

Cold heart

March 5, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Cold heart

Well, it´s just a leaf really. Just had to make a headline.

Fantsnäs, early March

Sprrrrrrring!

February 24, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Sprrrrrrring!

The days are getting longer, and the hormones are getting stronger. This woodpecker is already rattling and drumming his mating call. A bit on the early side, maybe, but he just may be the one who catches the . . . ehrm, worm?

Fantsnäs, late February

Stop!

January 31, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Stop!

This is the surface of the sea. Not in a city harbour, not downriver from a pulp mill. This is from the heart of the Archipelago Sea National Park. And it´s not supposed to look like this. Please stop pouring crap into the Baltic.

Check out BSAG

Björkö, early September

A little forest

January 21, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

A little forest

Some very small trees. Or maybe they are aliens, waving to their peers across the icy fields? I´m not sure, but don´t give me that “frosty weed” -stuff. Not buying that.

Fantsnäs, mid-January

 

Onwards & Upwards

January 15, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Onwards & Upwards

If, for a brief moment, we neglect the fact that this reed is dead and – quite literally – so last year, we can instead focus on the visual dynamics and let it symbolise the new year. Or, alternatively, just cut the crap and look at the picture.

Fantsnäs, late December

Blue Ice

January 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Blue Ice

The world is full of little works of art these days. Real masterpieces if you look closer, but you have to take the time to stop and have a good look around. And get real low down, of course.

Fantsnäs, early January.

Winter solstice

December 17, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Winter solstice

On December 21st, according to one calendar, winter darkness reaches its peak and spring light starts to slowly, slowly claim back lost ground.

According to another calendar, apparently none of this really matters. Soon we’ll see.

Utö Kesnäs, early March.

 

Color therapy

December 9, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Color therapy

At this time of the year, it´s mostly about greys and whites. And, if by chance, the sun would happen to pop out for a moment, we might get some orange and yellows. But not much blues around, and certainly no green. Which is, of course, irrelevant because you´re all indoors surfing the web anyway. So here´s today´s virtual therapy session.

Naturally, these also serve as birthday flowers for my little sister!

Långholmen, late June.

Frostbitten

December 2, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Frostbitten

Okay, folks, that´s it. Some five months of piles of snow, freezing temperatures and chilly winds ahead. But by May 1st it should be over, more or less, so no reason to despair.

Winter is coming

November 26, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Winter is coming

It can´t be easy being a bird in Finland at this time of the year. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures are forecast for the end of the week. Is this wigeon aware of that? Can he feel it coming? Will he leave ahead of the cold front? Or will he end up being lunch for the crows, who stand a much better chance of surviving whatever change in weather is coming.

Lauttasaari, late November

Dirty Dozen

November 18, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Dirty Dozen

This fall, about 500 000 migrating Barnacle Geese were seen resting at various locations in South-Eastern Finland. That´s half of the estimated total world population of 1 million. These guys are looking for a landing spot among 1000 of their peers, not long before sunset near the town of Lovisa.

And no, the birds are not particularly dirty. If, however, you found this post through a search word, well . . .

Lovisa, late September.

The staring game

November 13, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The staring game

“Now, who do you think you are anyway? I can do this for hours without blinking if I have to.”

Young common gull taking his first steps in social life. Suomenlinna, mid September.

The Sentinel

November 5, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Sentinel

Wonder what this guy is thinking? “Nice view”? “Damn it´s cold”? “Why didn´t she call”? “What the heck is that guy doing with a camera on his knees by the pond”?

This image is btw taken exactly 1 nautical mile South of the Kolme Seppää -statue, generally considered the absolute heart of downtown Helsinki.

Uunisaari, November

Leaves on fire

October 30, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Leaves on fire

The magic of fall is that there is perfect light all day long. If there´s any light at all, that is.

Fantsnäs, late October.

Fall-en colors

October 21, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Fall-en colors

Okay, so the sun may not shine all of the time, and it may even be a touch on the damp side form time to time. But despair not, all is not grey!

The Rock

October 14, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Rock

For those of you not in the know, the lower part of this image shows the most legendary part of Helsinki called The Rock. The upper part is called The Sky.

Find the bug!

October 7, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Find the bug!

He´s trying to hide, hoping that the last bird will leave for Africa before he becomes lunch. The crappy part is that the first cold night will get to him anyway. Kind of a lose-lose situation, really, being a bug these days.

Birds in the fog

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Birds in the fog

Not much to add to that, except that there was ice on the boat that morning.

Pentala, late April.

A field

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

A field

Something grew here, got harvested. Don´t want to venture too far into details.

Web

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Web

Not exactly World Wide, but a Web nonetheless.

Grey Seal gathering

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Grey Seal gathering

These guys are, well, a bit special. They choose the – by far – smallest cliff around, climb up and just lie there packed like, eeh . . .  seals?

South of Bodö, early September

On the move

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

On the move

A Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) stalking some prey along the Southbound route.

Långholmen in September.

Should I stay or should I go?

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Should I stay or should I go?

Eventually, these guys will leave, but in early September they´re still enjoying some quality time between mating & migrating by just generally being cool.

Bredviken, Fantsnäs.

Crashboombang

October 3, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Crashboombang

Late July, around midnight at Långholmen. The clouds were apparently electrified by Maisteri T´s performance at Nötö earlier that night.

Moonions

June 19, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Moonions

Moonions are, in fact, a very rare species. They mostly grow where the sun don´t shine.

Getskär, just before midnight in June.

Water & rocks

June 19, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Water & rocks

Hardly the most surprising subject. This one is from a very early June morning at Lotan.

Leftovers

June 19, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Leftovers

Eiders (Somateria mollissima) dive deep to get to these goodies. May they be forgiven for not tidying up afterwards.

Catch!

June 19, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Catch!

The Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) doesn´t catch fish for food only, he has to bring a non-stop stream of little fish to impress his wife-to-be, all as a part of the courtship ritual. How cool is that when you´ve just flown in from the Antarctic and would probably just want to have a beer?

Snake Island

March 28, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Snake Island

Just before sunset at Ormskär, Utö in late March. Later on this island is best left alone, as it is home to a multitude of nesting birds.

Got the blues

February 27, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Got the blues

Somehow I´m pretty sure this buddy woke up this morning and realized his baby was gone. And probably with the backdoor reed, too.

Leaning

February 27, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Leaning

It´s cold, it´s windy – live with it.

The Common Reed is doing okay, thanks to all the crap we pour into the Baltic.

Outside Fantsnäs, February

Rock rock

February 15, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Rock rock

There´s plenty more where these came from. Jurmo in late October.

Lighthouse

February 15, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Lighthouse

Utö in late March. The first Eiders are arriving as the snow is getting ready to leave. Not that the lighthouse would give a damn, really.

Room with a view

February 15, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Room with a view

And hey, a pool too! Not much action at the hotel bar, though.

Stora Dunskär, SW of Högsåra, early June.

A quiet . . . evening

February 15, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

A quiet . . . evening

Or so it would seem. In reality, there were more mosquitoes than there are dollars in the US budget deficit.

Hamnskär, West of Hangö, early June.

Another quiet morning

February 15, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Another quiet morning

Actually, no, it´s the same morning. Not many people around at the beach, huh? Sure it´s 4 a.m, but still.

Hudö, South of Lovisa, June

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