Preparation for hibernation

Panoramic view in the reeds over the first ice cover. Norrby, Lappträsk, Finland, December 2014.

Panoramic view in the reeds over the first ice cover. TS-E lens shift and tilted. Norrby, Lappträsk, Finland, December 2014.

Foggy november morning. Trees. Lappträsk, Finland, November 2014.

Foggy november morning. Trees. TS-E, shifted. Lappträsk, Finland, November 2014.

A lonely birch standing in the november mist. Lappträsk, Finland, November 2014.

A lonely birch standing in the november mist. TS-E, shifted. Lappträsk, Finland, November 2014.

Panoramic view over the first ice cover autumn 2014 - boats are on the shore waiting for the next summer season. Norrby, Lappträsk, Finland. December 2014.

Panoramic view over the first ice cover autumn 2014 – boats are on the shore waiting for the next summer season. TS-E, shifted. Norrby, Lappträsk, Finland. December 2014.

Mist sunny november morning. Lappträsk, Finland. 2014.

Mist sunny november morning. Lappträsk, Finland. 2014.

Sunrays in november in the heart of Kapellby, Lappträsk, Finland. 2014.

Sunrays in november in the heart of Kapellby, Lappträsk, Finland. 2014.

A blueberry plant under the first snow. Mysmalm, Lappträsk, Finland. 2014

A blueberry plant under the first snow. Mysmalm, Lappträsk, Finland. 2014

I have said it before and will probably say it many times in the future: the first light snow cover and the first thin sheet of ice on the lake is always magical. It is pure, fresh – virginlike and gives you the feeling of nature being reborn. Placing your feet on the thin ice cover – listening to the sound under your feet is a powerful moment. It will not yet carry you, so you have great respect towards nature – the metamorphosis from liquid to solid state changes the whole thing. A cold winter enables many things that are not possible otherwise.

Somehow I can already quite clearly feel the influence of the climate change – and the most scaring thing is that I start to think it is normal – I do not expect winter to arrive before january in southern Finland, if even then. This makes me very sad. Winter, when it is a real winter, is a beautiful time of the year. I think that we all need it to keep in balance – people, animals, plants – the whole ecosystem. This is where I see my role in the big game – as a wildlife and nature photographer I can at least try to show you the many faces of the seasons and the influences they have on everything around is in every day life.

I hope you all have a pleasant time before the holiday season – it is the time to enjoy the silence of nature – feel the preparation to hibernation.

 

— Posted on 06.12.2014 at 23:21

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