Ruffled fingers, time to fly

Photograph Ruffled fingers, time to fly by Jere Ketola on 500px

Been out of country for a while, photographing these beauties. Not many things to me are so beautiful as birds of prey, whether they be owls, hawks or eagles. Graceful swift flyers with majesty.

 

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Red-backed Shrike

One of the more beautiful, yet very shy small bird species. A male and female, photographed about 100m apart, both alone.

Photograph Lonesome by Jere Ketola on 500px

 

The male was less cautious so I could get a little bit closer than the next photo.

Photograph Lonesome 2 by Jere Ketola on 500px

 

As you can see, not a very large bird, sitting on a straw like that. For enhanced difficulty between me and the bird a lot of marshland that coul potentially have vipers in it. Not something I wanted to step upon in normal walking shoes.

Autumn

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Autumn is slowly but surely advancing. Still the days are relatively nice with temperatures in the region of +5-15. The sun still rules.

It is surely one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors. The trees are gold and red with green still thrown into the mix. Lovely to go out and hike with some bread and hot chocolate in the backback and a camera on the shoulder.

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Forests are quite damp now which means that mushrooms are also to be found in numerous amounts and different varieties. Great way to get a little extra enjoyment to the food table. Of course one needs to know which are edible and which are not. So one needs to be careful in the collecting phase and sure in the cooking but the rewards can be mesmerising.

rocks

Finnish woods are filled with rocks and stone formations. Some of them just beg you to climb them. Others are small but sympathetic.

tree

Lonely trees can be very enticing to photograph and they draw my eye. Like this example on the way upwards towards the peak.

path

Helsinki has three high vantage points, hill-wise speaking. This is the path to the peak of the easternmost peak in Vuosaari. The landscape is lunaresque as this is a landfill site which is slowly turning into a hiking and outdoors destination as the nature takes over the man-made peak.

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The view from the top is really nice, with good possibilities to see birds as well. Especially when they are migrating in the spring or the autumn. This also gives a little perspective to how densely populated our capital city is. 😉

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New life

With the advent of summer new life is everywhere.

Kiddies

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..

yellow

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

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Lovely eh?

Majestic

Majestic by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

As wildlife goes, not many species feel so majestic and beautiful as eagles. No wonder they are one of the most commonly used signs of Empires and Emperors past. Steller’s Sea Eagle is one of the biggest raptors in the world and also one of the most beautiful in my mind as well.