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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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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