WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Sat, February 06, 2016 10:51:35
morning in the tracks of two wolves that made a short visit to the village,
frightened a horse to panic, and created hot topic to discuss while visiting
the villages only general store. I follow the tracks down to the lake, where
the wolves have been hunting roe deer in the grove surrounding the changing
cabin, at the local beach.
returned to the mountains. Raven calls out, there is a moose killed by wolves
somewhere in the dense forest around me, but I find it not. The tracks carry on
and I follow, always looking for pee and poo. (DNA - samples that hopefully
makes tracking valuable for our work)
Lunch on a
stump with a view of the landscape, sunshine and a few degrees, it starts to
feel like spring already. A black tit singing eagerly from the top of a fir tree,
as a non-lubricated sewing machine ", sittju-sittju-sittju-sittju".
begins to return, working days become longer. At dusk, another wolf pair
walking along a river, sometimes eerily close to the fragile ice edge. You need to be vigilant, but it is also part
of the job, to assess the risks related to different types of terrain and
both pee and poo during the tracking. It was a good day.
Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Fri, February 05, 2016 11:17:22
If you are
young and vulnerable, and surrounded by long scary strangers, then jump up on a
rock and defend yourselves, stand close together, back to back. Mom and Dad are
on its way, they are going to save you!
dreaming, down with the nose and continue to track, it's a long way to go
before it´s evening.
WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Wed, January 27, 2016 16:54:21
tells; that alpha male and alpha female frequently urine marks together in the
same place and both with lifting legs, and in this case that tracker preparing
samples for the DNA analysis.
tells; that other, low ranking members of the family urinating in a squatting
position. Anatomy Knowledge need not be particularly impressive to see if it´s
a male or female that eased the pressure.
tells; that an old root cellar can give a little warmth and security for some
scabies infested young wolves during the coldest period so far this winter.
tells; that even a wolf weighs lighter than that chubby tracker!
LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Sat, January 23, 2016 16:34:52
another great winter week with about 20 degrees below zero and lots of
interesting tracking. It began with wolves (scabies infected, tragically in the
biting cold) but ended with tracking of the season's first lynx, a female with
a cub. It was far nicer.
distances, you could not see that there was more than one animal treading in
the tracks, but then suddenly, when they jump down a slope, it turns out to be
places appear that the female marked her territory, in other that kid become
restless and started to play around a bit, but almost immediately continue
their targeted journey towards bushland rich in roe deer and hares.
slightly compared to a tracker, still a little chubby after Christmas and New
Year holidays. (A beaver insidious dam subjected me to several unplanned
plunge, but it is claimed that the winter bathing is good for the character.)
TravelPosted by Uncle Henry Sun, January 10, 2016 16:20:07
hungry for a little beach holiday now in the dark winter time, so we went to
Iceland, where it was even darker ... Hmm, but the bath was nice and warm. Blue
Lagoon is world famous for its hot water directly from the hot springs out of
the ground. It was blowing ice-needles, the water stung the skin and smelled a
bit like rotten eggs, but it was certainly an experience to savor.
It is said
that, what you lose in the blue lagoon, is lost forever. It is not always true.
You can retrieve an iPhone, but it requires endless hard work, desperately
swimming and advanced diving techniques to succeed. And yes, expensive
waterproof shell is waterproof, even when they have been chewed on by lava
We were in
Iceland just under a week and would like to travel light, no suitcases and
minimal hand luggage. No advanced photo and video equipment, just an iPhone and
a tiny action camera. It stung!
under four hours of daylight it was hard to get any sensible picture with so
faint equipment. The fact that it blew almost storm did not make things easier.
But it was infinitely beautiful and well worth experiencing. The blue light
just before dusk was the most amazing, magical light I've ever experienced! (The
above picture was taken at dawn, 11:03 am, and provides only a small taste of
the blue light)
is a great place; it has everything one could ask of a city. Wilderness
completely doorstep, where Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull and Purple Sandpipers
huddle in the old harbor, there are outdoor shops in abundance, and not the
least; An abundance of great cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants! (And they have very
should also be mentioned that there are several universities, lots of museums,
galleries and other cultural buildings. And that there are an unusual number of
sculptures, you can reflect on.
It is worth it!
Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Tue, December 22, 2015 21:40:41
Solstice, now it turns slowly towards brighter times. Beautiful, although I do
not mind the dark time that prevails around the Christmas holidays. It is cozy.
It provides a moment of rest before the long bright days that come forward in
spring, when there is so infinitely much to experience and get done.
this day spent on snow-covered ground, often with wolf tracking, but not this
year. Here is rain, harsh winds and several degrees above zero! Santa Claus
should put boots on the reindeer and count with the spring thaw this time.
As late as
the middle of last week, it was 16 degrees below zero and frost throughout the
province. No basis for comprehensive wolf tracking but beautiful to enjoy.
switches so rapidly between hot and cold weather, lingonberry leaves and
blueberry bushes becomes small sculptures of frost and ice crystals in moist
and I had a perfectly timed lunch break at work on Wednesday last week. We had
just filled our cups with hot chocolate when an otter came scampering on the
ice along a small forest river. It stopped suddenly to mark territory against a
tuft of grass and then continued downstream to the open water. What a perfect
restaurant for lunch! It is rare to get such an experience on the Mac Donald
Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Sun, November 01, 2015 22:43:39
like the moose, which usually raise it´s calves at our garden expense, have
taken a bullet during the moose hunt this year. The local hunting team said it was a mistake and that even the
calf was shot. I do not think it was a mistake. A fucking miracle it was, hallelujah!
Just when I
thought to celebrate the victory, and the glorious dream of an orchard has
taken root, I see that the forest begins to thin out around our farm.
Especially outside the kitchen window, down to the river ... We've obviously got
new neighbors. Geeky types with big teeth! Wondering how their relationship is
to the fruit trees?
We have a
rich nature around the cottage. Wolf has peed on our mail box, red fox stole
our shoes, badger sought to undermine the house. Forest Pine Marten has
plundered the bird table. A variety of rodents and cervids have convincingly shown
that they love our garden. And now, soon perhaps even beaver...
the first gray-headed woodpecker to the bird feeder. A male, who preferred the
shelled sunflower seeds before the tallow that we bought especially for him. We
probably have a costly winter to look forward to.
excuse if I sound grumpy, that's just a disguise. In reality, I love them all,
but do not tell it to them. I fear that they will then take greater liberties than they already do.
Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Sat, October 24, 2015 16:48:18
Happy bird has opened again! After several chilly nights of down to minus ten
degrees, it is time to re-open the bird feeder. With the finest back sebum to
woodpeckers (hoping for Grey-headed woodpecker as usual) A large feeder with
ordinary sunflower seeds, one with shelled sunflower seeds (will be interesting to compare
consumption) and a smaller feeder with vitamin-enriched special diet for those
extra demanding. YOU ARE WELCOME!
Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Fri, June 26, 2015 10:56:22
Now, at last is
65 km of hiking trail through nature reserves adjusted for the summer season. It’s
been a hard job. A rainy spring and strong winds has turned over more trees
trails passing through bear land, always a little more exciting, even if you do
not see the bear is always there, somewhere in the area.
A small snack for
a hungry bear becomes a gigantic reconstruction project for an ant community...