1. Saad says

    Wow, that first picture is beautiful and serene. I can see that on a wall as a metal print.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you!

    It had been a rainy day. The first after many sunny and warm days. I was walking in a nature preserve and mosquitoes were attacking my hands. I climbed up of the stairs of the bird-watching tower and saw the view on the second photo. On the way back I saw the pasture* you can see on the first photo.

    * The cattle keeps bushes down. I couldn’t see any cows, though.

  3. says

    Oh, the mosquitoes are bad here too, from a lot of rain this year. A small enough price I suppose, we need the water. A bird watching tower? Oh, that sounds great. You can’t tell that’s pasture in the photo, the dreamy quality of it disguises it, which is really nice. There’s no disguising pasture here, I’m afraid. We rarely get mist or fog.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    The reason they have cows and sheep in the nature preserve is to keep a part of the area relatively open, which benefits for example northern lapwings, redshanks and other wading birds. Lapwing populations have been in decline in recent times due to modern agriculture.

    Nowadays cows are kept much more indoors and fields are worked in ways different from the past. Of the 12000 years since the ice age, cattle has been kept at least 5000 years.

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    Oh and about the fog: That kind of fog is common in open land (wetlands and fields) in summer nights here. In Finnish I call the kind fog that’s a shallow layer just above the ground “usva” (the usual word for fog is sumu).

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