Wild mushrooms

 

Despite recent month-long draught mushrooms started showing up. Picked up a bunch of brown cap boletus yesterday, relatively worm-free. Seems we are one good rain away from a major mushroom outcrop.

Moon in Lovozero last night

Not sure what the excitement is about but everybody seemed to have been talking about the “red moon” phenomenon yesterday. I saw no moon at 10pm, while the sun was still up, after which I retired for the night. Our friend in Lovozero, Tina Sovkina, however, stayed up and caught this “red moon” thng on camera, and here I am sharing the image with you.

Lotta Border Crossing Point closed because of forest fires

It has been hot and dry for the last two weeks. The usual consequence of such conditions is forest fires that are said to be raging all over the Murmansk region. Lichen burns where there is no forest, such as in the vicinity of Teriberka. Just heard that the Lotta (Luttojoki) Border Crossing Point connecting Russia to Finland is closed because of forest fires nearby.

A new “wilderness” accommodation offer in the hill overlooking Kandalaksha

Taken from http://www.archilovers.com/projects/230415/dubldom-kandalaksha.html#info 

See also a summary of the Kandalaksha and area accommodation scene

DublDom was created and installed as a gift for the town of Kandalaksha and for Alexander Trunkovkiy that have won the competition “Find your place 2016” (http://dubldom-place.com/). The contestants had to show photos of their place and tell why DublDom should be installed there. The winner was chosen following the next criteria: future function of the house, social importance and life perception of the participant. We had more than 500 applications and we’ve chosen Alexander Trunkovkiy that has suggested to install DublDom at the hillock Volosyanaya near Kandalaksha and use it as a shelter for tourists and lovers of the active leisure.

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Volostnaya hill accessible by foot

I’m pleased to share with the world that Volostnaya Hill overlooking Kandalaksha has, unlike it was the case last March, well-packed trails, and can be accessed on foot without skies, snowshoes, or other contraptions and ceremonies.

Here are some photos from our trip there today..

Trees are fully packed in snow, a local “March” phenomenon, a consequence of wind and high humidity..


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Record snowfalls

 

 

I don’t know how many inches of the stuff fell down this week but here is a short video by Natalia Vopiyashina of Varzuga showing the Kandalaksha to Varzuga bus being pushed through snow by passengers somewhere around Kashkarantsy.

A new no-words film on the Kandalaksha nature

The new film, entitled “This Cold North”, was shot by our friend and colleague, a biologist, photographer, and local history expert Gennady Alexandrov back in 1996 but just was released now. The focus of it is the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve..

“To book aurora borealis”

Got several inquiries from travelers wishing to come here to see the aurora borealis, aka northern lights. Here is my attempt to provide a comprehensive answer to the seekers of this phenomenon.

The most common question is “When do I need to travel to the Kola Pensula to see aurora borealis for sure”. First, forget the “for sure” part. The aurora is a probabilistic thing. Thus there is no clear-cut answer to this question. Generally speaking, aurora borealis can be observed at high latitudes any time there are dark nights. On the Kola Peninsula it is approximately from September to April.

A common misconception is that aurora borealis requires real cold winter weather. This photo was made in the Hibiny mountains on the 28th of September, and I’ve myself seen the aurora in the vicinity of Kandalaksha starting the end of August.

 

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A Bearded seal

..came out of the sea, with a splash, near the dacha village of Malinovy some 10km east of Kandalaksha, and looked at us with what appeared like intense interest from the distance of ~30 meters.