Approaching Croatia

The blueness of Adriatic Sea and the roughness of Dinaric Alps, that’s what I saw today through the window of Norwegian when landing on Dubrovnic in Croatia.  What will I see between the mountains and the sea during the next days?

  

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Copse snail (lehtokotilo)

The peak time of copse snails (Arianta arbustorum) is now. It is one of the most widespread species for Central Europe, also in Finland. Near our home you cannot avoid seeing – or even stepping on – them. You can also eat those. – These gastropods I photographed today early evening.

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Nyt ei voi välttyä näkemästä syötäväksikin sopivia lehtokotiloita, jos tarkkailee Etelä-Suomen polun varsien isolehtisiä kasveja. Valokuvasin nämä yksilöt tänä iltana Espoon Laajalahdessa.

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Midsummer eve 2015 in Finland

The morning of Midsummer eve last Friday looked rainy in Mäntsälä in Southern Finland, but the day turned to be dry but cool. But who cares about the weather, when it’s time to enjoy one of the biggest holidays in Finland.

A hint for non-Finns: If you have the opportunity to visit Finland late June, do not miss this fiesta. But you have to get out from the biggest cities – those will be isolated for a couple of days – and go to the countryside, next to a lake, river or sea. We are somewhere there.

Mighty clouds during Midsummer eve morning in Mäntsälä, Finland.

Mighty clouds during Midsummer eve morning in Mäntsälä, Finland.

A sumptuous barbecue is a tradition during Midsummer.

Meat, fish, corn, stuffed mushrooms (yes, the sausages are missing!) barbecued  on open fire - what else a man needs during Midsummer.

Meat, fish, corn, stuffed mushrooms (yes, the sausages are missing!) barbecued on open fire – what else a man needs during Midsummer.

Bonfires everywhere.

Machine romanticism during Midsummer midnight?

Sometimes even a excavator can create a suitable environment for spending quality time. :)

Sometimes even a excavator can create a suitable environment for spending quality time. :)

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I need a rest

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Bangkok during dusk

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(Time to plan the next trip to Thailand?)

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Fruit seller waiting for customers

Seen in Beidaihe, China some years ago, but I guess the same can be seen today.

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Redstart defies the cold spring – Leppälintu sinnittelee viileässä alkukesässä

We have far less migrating birds this spring than for many years in Finland. May was cool and now, early June, the summer temperatures are still only a dream. Birds who are eating insects can find less food now.

We have a few birdhouses which are normally almost all occupied, typically by Pied Flycatchers, Great Tits and Blue Tits. This is the first summer I see Common Redstarts staying in one of the houses, though it is the 8th common species nesting in birdhouses. This can be seen in BirdLife Finland‘s web service, which shows the results from last weekend calculation (in Finnish).  – These pictures I took yesterday, 7th June in Southern Finland.

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Pienet muuttolinnut ovat vähissä tänä keväänä, ainakaan niitä ei lentele ja laulele samaan tapaan kuin aiemmin. Viileä kevät vaikuttaa ainakin hyönteissyöjien lukumäärään. Tavallisesti runsaslukuinen kirjosieppokin on pysynyt lähes piilossa. Onko niiden vähyydessä yksi syy, että saimme yhteen pönttöömme uudet vieraat, kauniin leppälintupariskunnan? 

BirdLife Finland järjesti viime viikonloppuna pönttöbongauksen, jonka mukaan leppälintu on Suomen noin kahdeksanneksi yleisin pönttöpesijä, joten ei vallan harvinainenkaan. – Nämä kuvat otin eilen, 7.6. Mäntsälässä.

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