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The Fall

January 18, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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 […]

The Nutcracker

December 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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 […]

On the move II

September 29, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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

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 […]

On the move

September 23, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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 […]


May 26, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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. […]

Lily of the valley

May 13, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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.

The Sign

April 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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


March 18, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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. […]


January 31, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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

Onwards & Upwards

January 15, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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

Winter solstice

December 17, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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

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. […]

Winter is coming

November 26, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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 […]

Dirty Dozen

November 18, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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 […]

The Sentinel

November 5, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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, […]


June 19, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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?

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