Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring forests

Forest colors during Spring are beautifully bright in Finland, and green especially simply glows!


 There's a lovely carpet of delicate flowers covering the forest floors,



and the fresh grasses soften the gravel roads that lead to cabins and cottages.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beachcombing

I've always loved beachcombing, and I could spend hours photographing nature's treasures that have washed up along the shores.

A huge log was left balancing on the rocks at low tide on Vancouver Island,



and delicate seaweed had gently washed up on one of Lofoten Island's sandy shores.



And here's one of my beachcombing bracelets inspired by my many walks!

 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stormy weather

Spring also brings rough weather, and on the Lofoten Islands you need to be prepared for strong winds and heavy fog.





 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring

Spring is a beautiful time of the year, and the further up north you travel, the more intense this season of the year seems.





Sunday, April 10, 2016

Design inspirations - Secret bay

Inspired by the turquoise waters of the Lofoten islands' hidden beaches: Secret bay men's very small bead bracelet combining turquoise, spinel and goldplated beads...



Saturday, April 09, 2016

Lofoten Islands, Norway


We continued our journey from Lapland to the Lofoten islands in Norway. 

The further south we drove, the faster the snow and ice melted,


and sandy beaches appeared.

 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lapland

From the hustle and bustle of markets, it's nice to experience the quiet serenity of nature.

The cultural region of Lapland includes four countries, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. We drove in the Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Laplands this Spring, and the areas did seem to be more culturally unified, like a country of its own, but the landscapes did vary. 

Finnish Lapland is flatter with its soft fells,


Norwegian Lapland is sharper with its mountain fjords,



and Swedish Lapland falls in between, with softer mountains and fells.