Midsummer

Midsummer is one of the most important feasts during the year. Most people leave the cities and go to enjoy summer to a cottage, preferable by a lake or the by the sea. Fortunately Finland has lots of lakes and a long sea shore so it is possible for most people.The main topic around Midsummer is of course the weather. This year we haven´t been that fortunate, but it didn´t rain too much and in the evenings the sun appeared.

Here are some photos from a kayak tour I made one of the evenings in the archipelago nearby Strandhagen.

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On this small rocky island there is only one tree, a rowan, and a rose bush that is a little special as it has has both white and red flowers.

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The new generation.

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My favourite birds! Haematopus ostralegus, Oyster catcher in english, Strandskata in swedish and Meriharakka in finnish. It is the national bird of Faroe islands and there they call it Tjaldur, a nice and easy name to remember.

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1-DSC_0030 The last moments before the fog came.

Enjoying life

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Nice people, from Franken in Germany, bringing delicious wines, from Franken in Germany, meeting other nice people, from Bavaria in Germany, at Strandhagen. Thank you all, it was a pleasure to share the evening with you!

Summer season has started!

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On Saturday it was the last day of school for all pupils and teachers and now they enjoy ten weeks of holiday!
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The summer season at Strandhagen started on Friday and we have been happy to have several German guests since that. And I have been happy to practice my German, though I am afarid that my german skills actually never will be any better. I feel so sorry for my german teacher that struggled with me for five long years at school.

1-DSC_0051As always when the tourists arrive our often seen elks disappear. They are so shy for strangers.

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This picture is taken by the corner of our house earlier in the spring. Huge animals.