March 31, 2013

72 :: March Scenery

Jaana: Daily sunshine and melting snow, that’s what March was made of. Today the length of day is 13h 30m, sunrise at 6:26 AM, sunset at 7:56 PM.

Kia: March has been colder than January and February, with weather more akin to winter: ice, snow and severe wind-chill. In the past few days the sun has made brief appearances, and hopefully nature will bloom again soon. Today the length of day is 13h 03m, sunrise at 6:50 AM, sunset at 7:53 PM.

A reminder of how our sceneries looked like in February and January.

March 24, 2013

71 :: Signs Of Spring

Jaana: Apart from increasing amount of daylight, my wintry whereabouts have not gotten to witness many signs of spring yet. But lucky me, I managed to shoot this lonely catkin on the 16th. It's a start!

Kia: The first buds appeared on the trees very early this year, and the first crocuses and snowdrops started blooming around February the 15th. Then March turned wintery again with snow, hail and freezing wind. Hopefully spring and its blooms will be fighting their way back.

March 16, 2013

70 :: Bike Sign

Jaana: Oulu is known as the biking city of Finland. We've got the country's most extensive network of bike/walk routes (over 600 km), and you can see people biking around the city all year round, in every weather.

Kia: The weather in Scotland is not all that reliable, however there are many cycling enthusiasts who, come rain or shine, get out there and enjoy the beauty of the wilderness. Or just ride to work.

March 10, 2013

69 :: Looking Up (A Bare Tree)

Jaana: Looking up an old, and still very bare, birch tree with polypores growing on its trunk.

Kia: Some of the trees in our area have little green buds, some have already the first blossoms, but many have still bare branches.

March 3, 2013

68 :: Branches This Weekend

Jaana: Our trees might still be bare of leaves, but something's growing on some anyways.

Kia: You know spring has finally sprung when the buds on the trees start to burst open with tiny flowers.