October 31, 2012
October 28, 2012
Jaana: The scenery overhere is looking quite wintry by now, but there are still some autumn colors to be found if you look closely.
Kia: Autumn has arrived bursting with color. The fall foliage has been particularly beautiful this year, the most colorful since I moved here.
October 24, 2012
October 21, 2012
October 17, 2012
Jaana: Our European Rowans (Sorbus aucuparia) are carrying a big crop of berries this year. According to an old proverb, it means that we won't be getting much snow this winter, because the Rowan won't carry two loads.
Kia: Autumn jewels in the shape of berries are dripping from trees and bushes right now. I especially like the deep pink berries of the ornamental Kite-leaf Rowan (Sorbus oligodonta). In Scottish folklore, Rowan trees are said to be protectors against evil and enchantments.
October 14, 2012
Jaana: An entire field of Sunflowers got bitten by the first frost before coming to full bloom.
Kia: This variety of stonecrop is called, rather appropriately, Autumn Joy Sedum. Its flowers bloom from August into November.
October 10, 2012
Jaana: The beautiful Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) is the most common poisonous mushroom in Finland, and luckily one of the easiest to identify.
Kia: A meaty and edible Macrolepiota procera, commonly known as the Parasol Mushroom, growing in a grassy meadow.