Category Archives: Finland

Willow ptarmigan in winter plumage

This bird has somewhat complicated name in English (maybe only for me), the willow ptarmigan, also know as willow grouse or red grouse (Lagopus lagopus, riekko in Finnish). The bird is shown in it’s white winter plumage. The black throat and the … Continue reading

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A tree in December (it’s Christmas today)

A tree during christmas time, though not a spruce. Merry Christmas to all my followers! A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.

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The time for giving and sharing (1 day for Christmas)

Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street during December. Some of us are doing well, some are less lucky. The Finns might find similarities with the work of Kari, the icon for political cartoonist in Finland. His drawing was published 62 years … Continue reading

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The bird with a red hat (3 days to Christmas)

Could it be so that the Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea, urpiainen in Finnish) is the bird of Christmas? For me it is. Just look at it’s head. A group of these small lively birds landed next to our home just two days … Continue reading

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Freezing sea (7 days to Christmas)

It’s early December. First frosty nights. The sea is getting a thin ice cover. A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.

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Finland 99 years today – happy Independence Day!

Picture taken at sunset three days ago in Kustavi, western cost of Finland. The weather was getting colder, the sea was gradually freezing.

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“It’s Christmas time … Can you spare a dime … “

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