How to find hiking buddies near me

Sun is shining and your legs run away from home. They want to walk, walk and walk, while your head is enjoying with beautiful views, floral aroma, and bird songs. Great time for hiking, but everybody else is busy with their homework, kids, study and thousands of other things they can invent just to stay at their TV and sofa. Are you ready to walk alone? Well, it’s a good idea for awhile, but then you start feeling this… It would be so wonderful to share your happiness with someone walking next to you.…

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Tips for hiking in winter forest

After months of “black days”, the sun finally begins to look out from the clouds. The end of January is the time of the first amazing sunny days. Fluffy dazzling snow is hanging on trees in the deep blue sky background. It’s the coldest time of year, but the breathtaking views are worth it to insulate yourself and go hiking. The days are still short so you won’t have time to get frozen if you go for a walk in the woods for two-three hours.…

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Good stories about nature over the past year

New Year has come and I’m getting back to my blog. The forest is sleeping under snow and I want to start this year with good scientific news over the past year (2018).

Tree cover increased

All we heard, that our planet is losing its tree cover. Changes in land use considerably alter the Earth’s energy balance and biogeochemical cycles. However, a study published in Nature journal found that the overall percentage of trees on the planet has actually increased over a 35-year period by 7 percent.…

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Colors of summer – early June in the northern forest

Summer has come and wonderful time in the forest goes on. In my last post, I wrote about incredible flavors of late May. Lily of the valley is blooming during the first decade of June and makes this dizzy perfume of the forest. This could be the best season of the year, but mosquitoes may ruin your impressions in few minutes. Keep it in mind, protect yourself and enjoy walking in nature these wonderful days.…

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Incredible flavors – late May in the northern forest

Spring goes on and the most incredible time in the boreal forest begins in the last decade of May. In my earlier post, I wrote about middle May, when the trees made shadow in the understory. It is not rare when hot days come to the north in late May. The ground still has enough water and all herbs grow very fast. Leaves of chevril and ground elder raise up, shoots of fireweeds appear from the soil. Latest trees, the aspen and the linden, show leaves making more and more shadow on the ground.…

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Blooming spring – mid-May in the northern forest

Last time I wrote about early May in the boreal forest, when the trees stayed bare and the forest was full of bird songs and shining sun. But leaves grow fast and the forest is getting shaded soon. First white blossoms appear on birdcherry (Prunus padus) and next day the tree stands white. Thousands of fragrant flowers produce the first aroma in the forest and attract insects. Usually, blooming of birdcherry is a sign of next wave of cold.…

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Awakening of nature – early May in the boreal forest

Late April and early May is the time when the forest eventually awakes from winter sleep. This is a fantastic moment! The forest is full of bird songs and everything shows, that annual cycle of life is starting again. In my last post, I wrote about April in the northern forest. First flowers of liverleaf and coltsfoot raised above dry grass. Usually, after the first heatwave colds come back for a while. First nights of May can be even frosty.…

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Best lightweight hiking backpacks for your adventure

Planning your next weekend outdoors? Yes, the spring is the best time for hiking! Sun is shining, but no hot, no sweat, no mosquitoes – just a perfect conditions for walking and enjoying nature. Have you ever met people with giant backpacks on a trail in the forest? They carry food store, mobile hotel and tons of heavy stuff on their shoulders in hope to ‘enjoy’ the weekend. I hope you’re not one of them. Lightweight backpacking is way more comfortable.…

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April in a northern forest

Sun is shining and spring is coming! Everything was covered with snow and only first birds were coming, when I wrote my previous post about early spring in the forest. But days are getting longer and warmer, snow is melting and by the middle of April, only last white islands still wait in the shadow of spruces. Usually, in the middle or in the second half of April, the first heat wave arrives for a few days. This triggers the nature to awake from winter hibernation.…

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Early spring in the forest

Probably, for an ordinary city person, the forest looks like calm and quiet environment. However, real life is always full of action. And if you look around a bit closer, every day can be an adventure if you want it to be. There are so many places to explore and new things to learn from nature. I’m happy to live surrounded by woods. My home is located in a boreal forest in Southern Finland and I can see this natural life day by day.…

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