228 Photos - Aug 27, 2011
Photo: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Now that's an anchor!Photo: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Walking around HelsinkiPhoto: Anne looking for an orchidPhoto: Old building in OulankaPhoto: Old building in OulankaPhoto: Old building in OulankaPhoto: A rare orchidPhoto: A rare orchidPhoto: What happens to plants in a warmer world? Well in this chamber they got eaten, because that's where the voles liked to hang out.Photo: Paddling the Oulanka RiverPhoto: Juha rowing us downstreamPhoto: An erosion slope along the Oulanka RiverPhoto: Erosion slope up closePhoto: Photo: Silene tatarica - the plant I'm spending most of my time looking for while in FinlandPhoto: Anne and Elizabeth paddling down the Oulanka RiverPhoto: Photo: Trail for hauling canoes down to the riverPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: KiutaköngäsPhoto: KiutaköngäsPhoto: KiutaköngäsPhoto: Photo: Getting ready for an excursion on Kitka LakePhoto: Anne, Anne's father, Juha, and Keala on the boatPhoto: Juha and Anne pulling the boat into shorePhoto: Setting the plankPhoto: A traditional finnish summer cottage on an island in Kitka Lake owned by Anne's family, but rented out to vacationersPhoto: On the porchPhoto: The refrigeratorPhoto: Evening sun from the islandPhoto: This once was a totem of some kindPhoto: At the shorePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cranes made by Anne's motherPhoto: A geothermal heating system being installed at Anne's housePhoto: Sod-roofed bathroom at the campground in Oulanka National ParkPhoto: A traditional finnish fence - for keeping the reindeer outPhoto: Sod-roofed sauna at the campground in Oulanka National ParkPhoto: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Photo: Reindeer - they are still herded by the local people (even in the National Park), and so all are taggedPhoto: ReindeerPhoto: ReindeerPhoto: ReindeerPhoto: Reindeer - they disappear into the woods fairly quicklyPhoto: Reindeer taking a break along the Oulanka RiverPhoto: Photo: Riverside meadowPhoto: Silene tatarica (foreground) and a look-a-like speciesPhoto: Odd gall on a wild rose leafPhoto: Foggy morning along the Oulanka RiverPhoto: Canoe pulled in to one of the field sitesPhoto: Anne marking plants for a demographical studyPhoto: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Photo: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Oulanka RiverPhoto: Photo: Common frogPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Entering LaplandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hazel henPhoto: Hazel henPhoto: Hazel henPhoto: Hazel henPhoto: Oulanka CanyonPhoto: Oulanka CanyonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Cotton grassPhoto: Photo: Three-toed woodpeckerPhoto: Three-toed woodpeckerPhoto: Three-toed woodpeckerPhoto: Three-toed woodpeckerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 'Santa Claus' reindeer - a rare white morphPhoto: Photo: Photo: What happened to this bird (black grouse)?Photo: What happened to this bird (black grouse)?Photo: Photo: Finnish tourist stopPhoto: The Arctic CirclePhoto: Photo: Silene tartarica seedsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: SphagnumPhoto: Another SphagnumPhoto: Photo: Photo: BunchberryPhoto: BunchberryPhoto: Arctic Amethyst MinePhoto: A huge amethyst crystalPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: CrowberryPhoto: Lignin berryPhoto: BlueberryPhoto: Photo: Birch reflectionPhoto: Cotton grassPhoto: Great spotted woodpeckerPhoto: Great spotted woodpeckerPhoto: (rebuilt) traditional cabinPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chasing the reindeer down the roadPhoto: The biggest buck we saw. He's already shed his velvet.Photo: Brown bear at the Kuusamo ZooPhoto: Lynx at the zooPhoto: Photo: Baby lynxPhoto: What's up there? (It was a very brave squirrel)Photo: WaitingPhoto: WaitingPhoto: That squirrel better be on its toesPhoto: Not close enoughPhoto: Still waitingPhoto: Photo: Great Tit eating the lynx foodPhoto: Red fox at the zooPhoto: Brown bear at the zooPhoto: Brown bear at the zooPhoto: Brown bear at the zooPhoto: Brown bear at the zooPhoto: Brown bear at the zoo - they really liked chewing on the fencePhoto: WagtailPhoto: Birch barkPhoto: My swollen toe - stubbed it running in my five-fingersPhoto: Brown bear at the zooPhoto: Brown bear at the zoo - a friendly bearPhoto: Young wolfPhoto: Reindeer at the zoo. It must be rather miserable for a reindeer to be penned up next to all of these predators. Notice the velvet coming off of the antlers.Photo: Photo: Finnish house - I think this was the only one I saw with this many flowers out frontPhoto: Photo: Photo: Sight of an old sawmill? (Way out in the woods)Photo: Photo: Photo: Kitka River - on a running tour of Oulanka National ParkPhoto: Kitka River - on a running tour of Oulanka National ParkPhoto: Stopped for tea on my running tour.Photo: Entering the border zonePhoto: Photo: Photo: At the Russian border - these poles (blue and white for Finland, red and green for Russia) face each other all along the border.Photo: Photo: Photo: Finnish border guard stationPhoto: Finnish border guard station - nice picnic table!Photo: Swing bridge across the Oulanka RiverPhoto: One way gate for large animals - the reindeer fence that parallels the border is behindPhoto: The reindeer fence down to the river...Photo: ...but the reindeer still get through - escape to Russia!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: more lichens on the other side of the reindeer fencePhoto: In the border zonePhoto: In the border zonePhoto: In the border zonePhoto: In the border zonePhoto: Photo: The Oulanka River is the border here - the beach on the other side is in RussiaPhoto: The Oulanka River is the border here - the beach on the other side is in RussiaPhoto: belly upPhoto: The Finnish seal on the border postPhoto: Lichen enclosure - can't let those lichens escape!Photo: Lichen enclosure - actually keeps the reindeer outPhoto: The (ungrazed) lichen forest