A Wall Made by Giants.

We spent one of these most beautiful and warm days visiting Lauhanvuori National Park to see this amazing Giants´wall. This largest stone field is called Kivijata, Stone Chain. It is 800 metres long and over one kilometre in height.

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In Lauhanvuori, crustal upheavals lifted sandstone from the shore, forming a mountain of over one kilometre in height, which eroded to its current height over time. The erosion left its traces, such as tors, in the area.

More information https://www.lauhanvuoriregion.fi/geopark-en-gb/geologia-en-gb/

Hiking over the stone field is only allowed on the duckboards.

A coffee break, because we are Finns, we drink coffee all the time and everywhere.

At the time of Covid-19 virus this National Park was really quiet, we saw less than ten people during our three hour visit.

Liebster Award!

Liebster Award

Amy  from Xena and Lucy nominated me for this award,  and she wrote “I learn so much about the wildlife and landscape of Finland with the help of gorgeous photos. And Kosmo the tuxedo cat has a not-so-secret crush on our Lucy dog. She’s flattered.”

Thank you Amy!

Kosmo after seeing Lucy´s photo for the first time.

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Rules to the Liebster Blogger awards:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give them a big hug give them a link to the blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you or at least most of them
  3. Share 11 or so facts about yourself
  4. Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers
  5. Ask your nominees 11 or so questions
  6. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post

Amy´s questions :

1 Why do you blog?

At the beginning, fall 2015, I just thought, people around the world don´t know much of our special country, and our four season, light nights at summer, polar night, kaamos in Finnish, at wintertime. The reason to blog was just to show photos of our country. So I started to write in English everybody could understand. I hadn´t  any idea what will happen! This blog doesn´t have thousands of followers, but I have new friends around the world. One thing is connecting us, love for the nature, and, of course, our pets.

Betlehemin tähtikö

 

 

2 Blue jeans or formal wear? Cake or a health bar? Why?

Blue jeans or formal wear, both, depending where I am. I will eat at first the whole cake and after that I regret eating the whole cake and then I will a health bar.

3 If you could have one (more) animal live with you, what would it be and why?

I would like to give forever home for every animal without home. Because it is a little bit difficult I could have a cat friend for Kosmo, a snow leopard for my husband, and a talking and dancing parrot for me.

4 What do you feel are your greatest talents?

My greatest talents, I don´t have great talents, but I learn very easily languages, and it is also one of my hobbies. I speak Finnish, Swedish and English . I can manage with French and German, I can read and write Russian, the cyrillic alfabet, but my vocabulary is small, Hebrew I speak, but don´t read or write, and I know basics of Spanish, and of Finnish sign language.

5 If you could be any age, what would it be and why?

Difficult to say, when I was young enjoyed being healthy, now when elderly, with decayd body, I have lots of knowledge, experience of life. I would like to unite these both.

6 If there was one thing you could go back and do differently, what would it be?

I would go back to school, back to a university and I would study more than I did.

My questions:

I will use Amy´s questions, because they are great.

1 Why do you blog?

2 Blue jeans or formal wear? Cake or a health bar? Why?

3 If you could have one (more) animal live with you, what would it be and why?

4 What do you feel are your greatest talents?

5 If you could be any age, what would it be and why?

6 If there was one thing you could go back and do differently, what would it be?

 The nominees for Liebster Blogger are:

1 Teddy and his mom Pam from onespoiledcat.wordpress.com

2 Evil Squirrel’s Nest

3 arlingwords

4 Easy Blog

5 tofinophotography.wordpress.com

Thank you, Amy, for this award.

Kristiina

 

 

“Real Neat Blog Award” to our blog!

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Purrseidon nominated our blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

Thank you, Purrseidon!

What a surprise it was for our tiny blog!

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award:

1. Put the Award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

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Purrseidon asked these questions, and Kristiina, Kosmo´s mom, is answering, because she has not told much of herself. Kosmo, in the photo, is helping her.

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

The most visits come from the United States of America.

2. What is your favorite sport?

I have never been sporty, but I like to walk in the nature, and I like to watch open air games of our national game, pesäpallo, nest ball.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

This is very difficult to answer, because this virustime has made our lives very silent.

4. What is your favorite quote?

If you believe in miracles, you will see them.

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

My favourite classes were all the languages we had, Finnish, Swedish, English, German and French. They are very important for us, because Finnish is spoken only in Finland.

6. Is there anything you wished you’d learned earlier?

To take photos. When I was a child cameras were not very common, and they were difficult to use, so I started seriously taking photos after buying my first digital camera.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I have tried many instruments, but a piano is the only one I can play, with one finger.

Now I nominate the following blogs: ( if you don´t want to answer, it´s ok)

My nominees:

The Canadian cats

Xena and Lucy

The Oceanside Animals

cat9984

Tails Around the Ranch

photographyofnia

and anyone else, whos wants to answer these question, some of them are the same Purrseidon asked us, because they were great quetions.

The questions:

1. When you started blog and why?

2.  What is your favourite quote?

3. Have you ever seen snow?

4. What is your favourite bird?

5. Are you musical, are you singing or playing any instrument?

6. What is your favourite hobby, after blogging?

7. Do you live in a city or in rural areas?

Thank you, Purrseidon once more for this award.

Kristiina

 

 

 

Stayin’ Alive!

“Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive”. A quotation of the lyrics Stayin´alive by BeeGees.

This song started to play in my head when I took these photos in our yard. We are, as almost everybodey else, limited our walkings to our yard.

These commom hepaticas are a true sign of spring.

Crocuses pop up every spring all over the yard.

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Still some snow.

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A catphoto a day keeps us smiling. Our boy is researching if there is any edable grass.

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The spring is here. La primavera está aquí.

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The lake is almost free of ice, the sun is shining, it is the spring. The lake is Karhijärvi in Lavia, photos taken 20.3.2020, at Vernal Equinox day.  A long day, six months started at the North Pole, and we will have soon the light nights.
El lago es Karhijärvi en Lavia, fotos tomadas el 20.3.2020, en el dia del equinoccio vernal.

 

 

Bugøynes, Pykeijä, a village by the Arctic Ocean.

The most interesting places we have ever visited is this small village in the northeastern Norway.

The way, the only one, to the village.

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The village of Pykeijä.

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The small, brown cottages on the shore were for hire. We stayed in the second from right. These cottages were tired to the ground with thick ropes, so heavy winds can´t throw turists to the sea.Elsan mökit

The view at the cottage door.

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An old fish factory.

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The harbour.

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So peaceful, so beautiful.

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More information Wikipedia:

Bugøynes  (Finnish: Pykeijä) is a fishing village in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county in northeastern Norway. The village is situated along the Varangerfjorden which is a vast bay off the Barents Sea (a part of the Arctic Ocean), near the border with Russia. The village is situated some 500 km (310 mi) north of the Arctic Circle, with nearly 230 inhabitants. The village is populated by many Finnish-speaking residents, leading to the village being referred to as Lille-Finland or “Little Finland”.[2]

The name Bugøynes means “bay island headland”, from bug (bay, inlet) + øy (island) + nes (headland). Bugøya (the island with several inlets) has also given its name to the neighbouring Bugøyfjord.

Bugøynes was settled by Norwegians in the 17th century – but later deserted. It was repopulated by people from Finland in the 18th century.

Bugøynes was one of very few places that was not burnt and destroyed under Operation Nordlicht (1944–45).

Before the road was built to Bugøynes in 1962, the main link between Bugøynes and the rest of the world was by sea. The most-visited town in those days was Vadsø, across the Varangerfjorden. Although the town of Kirkenes, on the southern side of the fjord, was the local administrative centre for Bugøynes, it did not become the centre for shopping until people could reach it by car.

Now most trade in this part of Finnmark takes place in Kirkenes. Workplaces in Bugøynes include fishing, salmon and other fish processing, the processing of reindeer meat and game, as well as slipway and machine workshops. The village has one grocery shop, a post-office, a bistro and a doctor’s surgery (every other Thursday). There are also a children’s nursery, a school, a retirement home, a library branch (not anymore), a dentist (not anymore), and Bugøynes Chapel.

Let the sunshine in, let the sunshine in…

These words from the song at the time of the Aquarius came to my mind today, because the long rainy season seems to be over, and we had cold day with bright sunshine.

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The sun is still quite low.

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Frost made trees look like covered with sugar.

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Birds sat high in the trees letting the sun warm their tiny bodies and they were singing all the time.

Photos I like the most. 3.

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This pandabear girl lives in Finland, in the animal park of Ähtäri. Her name is Lumi, Snow. The boybear, who lives in the neighbor apartement, is Pyry, Blizzard. They both are very young, maybe after some years they will have babypandas.

This panda looked so happy eating a carrot, and watching all the people looking at her. I had a feeling she was watching us just like the same way we were watching her. She is so cute!

 

The second sunset in the year 2020.

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Our ice box was quite empty, so we drove to town of Ikaalinen to buy groceries. Before shopping we saw the this sunset, and drove around to find the best place to see it. We didn´t have cameras with us, so these photos are taken by phones. This lake, Kyrösjärvi, is not frozen yet, in some years we have alraedy been ice fishing.

The first day of 2020.

This winter seems to be special, October was colder than normally, then it started to rain, in November here was flood alert. In Western Finland water in rivers and lakes flooded to fields. At the beginning of December we had some snow, it melted away. At Christmas night is was snowing, in the Boxing Day raining. The Year 2020 started without snow, temperature +3°C/ 39°F.  Normally at this time we have snow enough to ski, temperature about -10°C/ 14°F. Very interesting to see the mid winter in February, skiing or swimming.

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Great, no snow. Walk with me through the new year.

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Blue world.

Snow covered the whole world here at Cristmas night. Days are now, after the Winter Solstice, longer, about one minute now. Our winter twilight at this time of a year is blue and white. The photos are taken after sunset, about 3 PM, and it was slightly snowing.

Forgotten apples.

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Twilight, white and blue.

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Gooseberry bush with a white veil.

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The backyard.

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Tiny spruce trees are soon in troubles.

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Sweet Memories. Hiking in Lapland.

Sweets memories of our hiking trip in Lapland, in the UKK National Park. UKK comes from the name of our late president, Urho Kaleva Kekkkonen.

The texts under the photos are only seen in the Reader. I just can´t understand why. I have now tried one hour without a success.

 

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Everything I need for a week in a desert is packed in my back. Food, clothes, a sleeping bag.

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My hubby has also our house in his back, a tent for two. The red cover is protecting our belongings in rain.

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Coffee break, we needed lots of coffee.

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Over the rivers we hiked.

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A river again.

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One night we slept in this cabin. This cabin is open for all the hikers for free. There is shelves to sleep in a sleeping bag and  a place to cook.

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Sitting by the fire.

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Washing the dishes.

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Near our destination. The scenery I love.

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Coffee break. It was really windy, so I was cooking by the only stone I found.

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The destination. The Paradise canyon.

The Polar Night.

At 4.00 PM.

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Here is a link to very great site, the text also in English. This village Hetta is situated in the Northern part of Finland, in Lapland. You will see the village right now in the live camera. There is also a video of the Polar Night last year. It is not dark, even thought the sun is under the horizon.

https://enontekio.fi/kunta-ja-hallinto/viestinta-2/kaamoskamerankesa-midnightsun-live/

Wikipedia:

The polar night occurs in the northernmost and southernmost regions of the Earth when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles. The opposite phenomenon, the polar day, or midnight sun, occurs when the Sun stays above the horizon for more than 24 hours. “Night” is understood as the center of the Sun being below a free horizon. Since the atmosphere bends the rays of the Sun, the polar day is longer than the polar night, and the area that is affected by polar night is somewhat smaller than the area of midnight sun. The polar circle is located at a latitude between these two areas, at the latitude of approximately 66.5 degrees. In the northernmost city of Sweden, Kiruna, at 67°51’N, the polar night lasts for around 28 twenty-four-hour periods, while the midnight sun lasts around 50 twenty-four-hour periods. While it is day in the Arctic Circle, it is night in the Antarctic Circle, and vice versa.