Along the twelve months

 

Tasman river, mountain range, storm, cloud, river, landscape, mountain, Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand, snow, valley

January – Tasman valley in Mt. Cook park, New Zealand.

First three days of the year were spent in Mt. Cook park in some hefty storm… And while trekking around were plain pain and misery, a few minutes of interesting light were rewarding experience…

 

Egmont National Park, Mt. Taranaki, New Zealand, North Island, Taranaki, blue, cloud, corrie loch, freshwater, lake, reflection, tarn, volcano, water, weather

February – Taranaki mirror, New Zealand.

Reflections of Mt. Egmont or Mt. Taranaki in Pouakai tarns required some running over the slippery track (and few bumps) just a few minutes before sunset, still well worth it (and it was quite pleasing to get there actually in time)!

Fern, Mountain Beech : Nothofagus solandri, New Zealand, North Island, Tararua range, Wairarapa, branch, bryophyte, cloud forest, deadwood, fallen deadwood, forest, green, high country, leaf, leaves, moss, nature, perennial plant, plants, tree, vegetation

 

March – Fern feathers in cloud forest, New Zealand.

Just lovely tramping on main range of Tararuas, previous night spent at Anderson Memorial hut with a cheerful company of three hunters and only few hours of ridge walking in the dark.

Endemic, New Zealand, Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island, bushes, cloud, forest, high country, highland, native flora, perennial plant, plants, scrub, vegetation, weather

 

April – Spotlight on Table hill, Stewart Island, New Zealand.

While I was right next on other hill waiting for a glimpse of Tin Range, the visibility stayed well below twenty metres and weather were excessively nice showing all the neat wind gusts and cloud thickness only barely touched by heavy rain… Only next day it cleared enough to see some tops while on the way to Doughboy bay.

Baltic, Dzelves purvs, Latvia, Latvija, Northern Europe, Scots pine : Pinus sylvestris, Vidzeme, bryophyte, cloud, cobweb, fog, freshwater, lake, moss, perennial plant, plants, raised bog, spiders web, tree, vegetation, water, weather, wetland

 

May – Freeze dried pine trees, Latvia.

First time this year in bog near Saulkrasti with lovely spider web socks around my boots.

Animal, Baltic, Gauja National Park, Latvia, Latvija, Northern Europe, Scots pine : Pinus sylvestris, Special Protection Area, Three-toed Woodpecker : Picoides tridactylus, bark, bird, perennial plant, plants, tree, trunk, vegetation, wildlife, woodpecker

 

June – Looking up, Latvia.

While on Midsummers a few hours spent in forest along Draņķupīte gave some exciting meetings with Three-toed woodpecker… You just have to go in direction of some  inconspicuous drumming.

Animal, Roe deer : Capreolus capreolus, agricultural land, crop, deer : Cervidae, even-toed ungulates : Artiodactyla, flower, grassland, horn, mammal, meadow, wildlife

 

July – Roe deer buck, Latvia.

I’ve had already checked some lesser spotted eagle’s nests and had few more to go, but then there was this buck quite sure that i’m also a buck… So he should pay me a visit!

Animal, Baltic, Crane : Grus grus, Latvia, Latvija, Lielais Ķemeru tīrelis, Northern Europe, bird, fog, gruiformes, marsh, peat-land, pink, weather, wetland

August – Silhouettes in fog, Latvia.

First morning in roosting site was pure magic. Also a little bit deafening.

Animal, Baltic, Crane : Grus grus, Latvia, Latvija, Lielais Ķemeru tīrelis, Northern Europe, bird, flock, flying, gray, gruiformes, marsh, peat-land, wetland

September – Departure, Latvia.

I spent about ten days (and nights) in bog, waiting for roosting cranes and decent light, bending time while staying at hide, having healthy breaths of hydrogen sulphide rich air… And more than six days were  miss.

Baltic, Latvia, Latvija, Lielais Ķemeru tīrelis, Northern Europe, Scots pine : Pinus sylvestris, burn area, deadwood, fog, forest, green, perennial plant, plants, pond, post wildfire area, raised bog, snag, standing dead tree, tree, vegetation, water, weather, wetland

 

October – Differences, Latvia.

This month provided heaps of screen time so the morning to get out of the city and to have to warm hands around cup of just brewed coffee in birdwatching tower in Ķemeri was a real treat!

Baltic, European Spruce : Picea abies, Gauja, Gauja National Park, Latvia, Latvija, Northern Europe, Norway Spruce, Special Protection Area, Vidzeme, freshwater, ice, island, perennial plant, plants, river, snow, tree, vegetation, water, weather, wetland

November – Freezing pace, Latvia.

In winter (ok, even if it was just for a week) it is cold. And also dark (way more than a week).

Baltic, Latvia, Latvija, Lielais Ķemeru tīrelis, Northern Europe, Scots pine : Pinus sylvestris, freshwater, haze, lake, perennial plant, plants, rain, raised bog, tree, vegetation, water, weather, wetland

 

December – December rain, Latvia.

Apparently this was November 44th… So nothing unusual with the rain. But it was a bit weird looking at rainbow later.