October 2013, October 2009
A Masterly Leap
This picture is very closely connected to the Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. I was in the centre for a meeting. As I went out, a hare leaped towards me. Luckily I had a camera with a 2.8/300 mm and a shoulder bracket in the car after my trip that same morning. I dashed after the hare in the rain and met him at the corner, as it bounced forth.
The motor drive was ticking and the hare accelerated.
Kuusamo, September 2009
Canon EOS V, 2.8/300, shoulder bracket, Fuji 400 X
July 2013, July 2007
A Mighty Jump
Driven by their instinct to return to their birthplace, the trouts from Paanajärvi Lake come to spawn to the headwaters of the Oulankajoki River. On their journey they must struggle to get through the tumult of the Kiutaköngäs Rapids. Their rise is successfull in July when the water is at an opportune level. The trouts jump mostly from the same spot. On the best days you can see tens of jumps.
Kuusamo, Oulankajoki River, Kiutaköngäs Rapids.
Canon EOS IV, 28-70 mm, Fuji Velvia
June 2013, June 2010
STILL AND INVISIBLE
Most people know the Bohemian Waxwing as a winter guest. In the summer they disappear, and it is thought that they go to Lapland to nest. That is only part of the truth. Waxwings actually nest as far as the southern Ostrobothnia. In my native region, Töysä, I knew a few backwoods with ponds, where waxwings were often found in spring.
In winter waxwings eat berries but when summer comes they start eating insects. They are very skillful in catching mosquitos in flight. You often find it in trees by forest ponds, where they take off after flying insects.
Bohemian waxwing make their nest a few meters above ground level. All waxwings' nests I have seen have been in a spruce, except for one, which was high up on a pine branch.
Their nest behaviour is very descreet. When you come across a waxwing's nest, they don't make any noise or otherwise manifest the closeness of the nest. I have found several waxwing's nests, as I have come across a waxwing sitting at the top of a tree in June. In some nearby tree, there is a nest and a mate brooding.
The younglings already leave the nest when they are not quite able to fly. When a wanderer approaches, they shrivel and stop moving. They instinctly know that moving will reveal them.
Kuusamo, Soilu, June 1982
Technique: Canon H-1, 1.2/85mm, Kodachrome
On shining wings
A flying swan is a spectacular sight. Especially in the spring on a snowy scenery, the wings of a flying swan glitter as light refracts from the wing feathers.
Kuusamo, April 1982
Technique: Canon A 1, 2.8/300 L, shoulder bracket, Kodachrome 64