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Norra Kvarken Sunset – My Shot of the Day – August 12, 2014

The Finnish name Mustasaari literally translated means “black island” but as an ancient word Mustasaari holds more meaning that just the literal translation. Since the glaciers rolled away some 9,000 or so years ago, the Norra Kvarken has been rising out of the sea. A rebounding of sorts. The weight of millenia of mile-high masses [...]

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Fried Muikku!! – My Shot(s) of the Day – August 11, 2014

Finns are going to laugh at me for this post but I don’t care. I LOVE fried muikku! In English we know this little freshwater fish as vendace, Coregonus albula. In Finnish it is muikku. A member of the Salmonidae family the muikku is a type of whitefish found throughout the lakes of northern Europe. [...]

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Helsinki at Night – My Shot(s) of the Day – August 5, 2014

That is the Tuomiokirkko, the Helsinki Catherdral. While it is one of the most photographed buildings in all of Scandanavia, I’ve never been terribly impressed with it. I’m not sure why, I guess it is just that I’m not into Neoclassical architecture. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel as the climax of his Senate Square layout: it is surrounded [...]

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SEND ME BACK TO FINLAND! The Lake of Bothnia and Finland Ecotourism Project

My first crowdfunding campaign is under way! This is my very first attempt at crowdfunding one of the numerous projects I have in mind.  It probably will not be the last. Please help me set this project in motion. Click that link and please be so kind as to jump on board. Goal I need [...]

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Ancient Games of Daldøsa. How did an Islamic Game Travel to the North?

Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three years ago. Ancient Games Go North Here’s a study I stumbled across that combines three of my favorite things: The Arctic, the Arab world and cultural connections in the ancient world. The question is, how could a board game that [...]

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Whooper Swans Heading North – My Shot of the Day – March 5, 2013

My shot for today is actually a year old. One year old exactly in fact. These Whooper swans passed over the kids and I on March 5, 2012 while we played on the ice in the Gulf of Bothnia next to Vasa, Finland.  The Whooper swans (the national bird of Finland) were heading north into [...]

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Ya. Chamonix and All That.

Yesterday I was up in Taos Ski Valley with the kids.  We were tubing with my daughter’s school.  It was incredibly fun.  My little boy, watching the skiers on the slopes around us asked if he could learn how. “Oh no,” was my first thought. I grew up in Colorado and skiing was always part [...]

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The Söderfjärden Meteor Crater – Finland

I visited the Söderfjärden on a warm, rainy August morning. The ten kilometers of road south from Vasa were perfectly clear except for two fearless foxes moving from one stand of Red Pine to the other.  I had spent the previous several days in Finland’s Kvarken Archipelago and had heard about the 520-560 million year old meteorite impact crater to the [...]

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On the Road with: Giuseppe Acerbi

On a chilly afternoon in early April 1799, a group of large horse drawn sledges appeared on the ice off the coast of Oulu in Finland. They had come all the way from Sweden and the horses were tired. Clouds of steam rose from the animal’s flanks. They blew and stomped on ice so clear [...]

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My Shot of the Day: Fire Boats House

Here is the last shot from my five weeks in Finland and France.  From here on out I will get back to my goal of posting the photo on the day I took it. I spent most of my final day (was that really just the day before yesterday?) on the train from Helsinki to [...]

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Early Morning Train South

Morning train south from Vasa. The air is bright and blue and clean. Talitiainen, the Great Tit, sings its squeaky wheelbarrow song. Trumpeter swans bark overhead. The first day of spring (my lovely daughter’s birthday…on the plane home this morning) but the fields are all covered in snow, the hillocks of forest are grey and [...]

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My Shot of the Day: The Perfect Ice Fishing Shot

Ice Fishing.   The Perfect Shot. It wasn’t the first train of the day but I was on my way from Helsinki to Vasa by 9am yesterday.  The journey takes about five hours and is about as comfortable as you can imagine.  The Intercity coaches all sport wireless connection the whole way, the seats recline [...]

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