Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sunrise

A good reason to get up early.


Stora Gla, 04:11:07.


Stora Gla, 04:18:17.


Stora Gla, 04:19:10.


Stora Gla, 04:20:04.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Cooling down

For Jeanny, who still hasn't completely changed from winter to summer coat, it is much too hot. When outdoors, she stays in the shadow as much as possible. And making long walks just isn't her thing right now. There's only one thing that gets her moving: cooling down in the water!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Heat wave

This whole week, it has been sunny and warm. And as of Thursday, we are - by our own definition - undergoing a real heat wave. Both yesterday and today, it has been merciless hot. Only a few minutes ago, the temperature in the shadow dropped below 30 degrees Celsius again. In the sun, it has been a whole lot warmer. It was almost unbearable. It is hard to imagine we are not located in the tropics, but in the high north - as far up as the 60th parallel north.

Because of the heat spell, and the huge amounts of rain which preceded the warm weather, everything out there in the woods is changing very fast. All the deciduous trees are bearing leaves and grasses, flowers and herbs are rapidly shooting out of the ground. Everywhere you look, everything has turned green.


Some animal species thrive in this kind of weather, too. The snakes and salamanders have come out of hiding and soon the mosquitoes and black flies will be all over the place.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tree hugging

First of all: tree hugging is not my thing. But when we, some time ago while dwelling through the woods, came upon a giant larch, I could not resist. I leaned against the tree and gave it a hug. And it felt very special.

Just imagine being one with a huge living organism which must be about three hundred years old. Imagine all the energy this tree must have created without polluting it's surroundings. Imagine all the things this tree must have seen and heard. And imagine all the other living things and creatures this tree must have nourished and housed.

The larch in question was standing in the middle of a big patch of forest which will be cut clear, one day soon. Fortunately, ribbons on the surrounding trees showed that the larch will be spared. Just as it has been spared a few times before. But, although it will not be the first time the giant has to witness mass destruction of all the living things around it, I am convinced that, this time, it will weep even harder than it has ever wept before...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Crashed

Some time ago, we found two Goldcrests sitting on the ground in our driveway. They were in a sorry state. Their eyes were closed and their feathers were sticking out in all directions.


One of the little fellows was just looking miserable.


But the other one was in a far worse state. Every now and then, the little body started shaking and trembling and it seemed like the tiny bird would surely die. It was almost heart breaking.


A bunch of feathers on the car window showed us what probably had happened. The little birds must have crashed into the window at full speed.


After a while, one of the Goldcrests took off and flew away, seeking cover between the branches of a small spruce. There it stayed, watching us carefully. And then the other little bird followed. Although it did not manage to get up high into the air, it kind of flew away, too, and found shelter between some shrubs and bushes.

We decided to leave the Goldcrests alone and went away to take a walk. When we returned, the two little birds had vanished. We sure hope they have survived.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Yellow-green

Finally, the deciduous trees are leafing out, giving the branches and crowns of these trees a fresh light green glow. The birches and maples are the first to show their new leaves. But wait, it aren't leaves at all which are giving the maples their beautiful yellow-green shine. If you take a closer look, you can see that this is caused by countless little flowers.


Maples flower first, before the leaves appear.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Moose

Since the end of winter, we haven't seen a lot of moose around here. A few days ago though, I spotted two of these beautiful animals. I had my camera with me, and, despite the fact that they were rather far away, managed to capture them quite nicely.


At first, I only saw the kviga - a female animal born last year. She had seen me, too, and kept a good watch on me.


Not much later, mother moose showed herself. Here you can see mother and daughter together, just before they took of to the woods.

It probably won't take long before the big cow chases away her little one for good. Normally, at the end of May or the beginning of June, she will give birth to her new offspring, and well before that moment, she will cast away last year's calves. It may seem cruel, but Mother Nature has decided that this is the best.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wood anemone

A week and a half ago, the yellow of the Coldsfoot was the dominating colour. Now, the time of this spring flower has passed, and it's successor, the wood anemone, is taking over. And that is a beautiful little flower, too.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A new tent

A whole week has gone by in just a flash. We have had a lot to do, and after - only just - managing to keep up with all that on our Dutch blog, there simply wasn't any time left to do the same here.

Beside our normal daily chores and routines, we are now preparing for the outdoor season to come. And because we are living at a new place, this craves more time and contemplations then we are used to. But don't worry, we have lots of fun spending our time this way.

One of the many things we did, was testing a new tent. Because it was no longer possible to provide our beloved but aging Jeanny with a warm and comfortable sleeping place in the small tent we already owned, we bought a bigger one. Last week we tested it. Luckily, it proved to be big enough for our needs and our dog seemed to like it, too. As soon as the contraption was up, Jeanny jumped inside to explore her new temporary home. And after a while, she decided on what should be her place, lay down and fell asleep.