Intense aurora borealis right over Kandalaksha last night

Last night, October 7, at about 10 pm, we were treated to spectacular northern lights display clearly visible right over the town despite light pollution. That may have been the brightest display I’ve ever seen. First we even thought the building was on fire.

Here are some photos taken with an ordinary camera.

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Moose pulled out of canal near Nivsky

A moose is said to have been stuck in the hydroelectric canal of the Niva hydroelectric station, about 10km north from Kandalaksha, on Sunday morning. Apparently the animal tried to swim across but could not get out on the opposite side. The moose was successfully pulled ashore..

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Moose in heat

The fall reproductive season has started in the Murmansk Region moose, which makes the animals careless and aggressive, and likely to end up in front of your car. I hear of at least a couple of accidents each year involving vehicles hitting moose on local roads, usually with ugly consequences. And yes, they can be aggressive. I was kicked by one in the Sokolniki part in Moscow a few years ago, after trying too eagerly to take a good photo. And in my younger days I witnessed a scene when a female moose chaced a boy. Never thought a human could run so fast! Come to think of it, both incidents happened when the animals were likely to be in heat, in spring in the former and in the fall in the latter story. You’ve been warned.

2018 Northern lights season has started

A few sightings of this phenomenon have been noticed starting as far back as two weeks ago. No, you don’t need it to be cold but darkness and clear sky are essential. See some of my old advice to those seeking to see Aurora, including a link to the local Kandalaksha group of Aurora hunters.

A bear seen near Polarniye Zori

A bear – and a huge one – is said to have been noticed in the outskirts of Polarniye Zori, 20km north from Kandalaksha. It seems to have been attracted to the town by garbage and caused quite a panic in the community, judging from social networks.

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.

No tigers in the Murmansk Region

A few days ago there was a report of a tiger roaming the woods in the vicinity of Monchegorsk, and it stirred up quite a commotion.

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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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