Incoming storm

Incoming storm by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

 

A Barnacle goose sits patiently, not interested in the dark cloud looming over the city of Helsinki.

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Migrating before the winter comes

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Geese are leaving, ever to return back to Finland when the spring comes. Hundreds of thousand birds migrating in the autumn, to spend the winter in a much warmer climate. The trip south can be hazardous, but staying here would mean a certain death. So come the first cold days and nights and the birds somehow know when it is the best moment to go and then its bye-bye Finland.

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For someone who loves birds, it is bittersweet. There will not be much to photograph or look at for many months. For sure there are birds still, but the masses are gone.

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The last of the migrating birds are heading south as the first snow has started to come in midlands and north. Beautiful formations with different species doing different formations, others flying solo.

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New life

With the advent of summer new life is everywhere.

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Barnacle geese have little ones as well as many other bird species. Some are still laying eggs, others in frenzied feeding.

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Family of barnacle geese in strong backlight.

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Flowers are blooming everywhere, as well as trees. A bad time to be allergic though..

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Strong and beautiful colors to contrast the dark and the snow of the winter.

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Lovely eh?