Picture Gallery for Thu 2005-05-26 10:30:48 UTC


Click to enlargePajala.
Click to enlargeAn owl statue in Pajala.
Click to enlargeMe, having jury-rigged Matt's GPS close enough to the window to allow it to lock onto satellites.
Click to playTypical Lappish scenery. The river is the Torne, which we unwittingly followed for a fair distance. It flows just north of Kiruna and we have to cross it every time we go from Esrange into town. The icehotel which has made the Kiruna region famous is made from Torne River water. The Torne flows through Pajala and then shortly afterwards turns south to the Gulf of Bothnia. This southward part of the River forms part of the border between Finland and Sweden.
Click to enlargeEntering Finland. This is taken from the bridge over the Torne in Pello.
Click to enlargeThe customs house in Pello.
Click to enlargeNot sure what this was supposed to be, but it turned out to be a picture of a crosswalk sign in Pello.
Click to enlargeThe bridge over the Ounasjoki in Rovaniemi.
Click to enlargeThe world's northern most McDonald's restaurant.
Click to enlargeMarie, Gaelen and Matt take some lunch.
Click to enlargeThe KKK Supermarket?
Click to playRovaniemi.
Click to enlargeLooking over the Kemijoki at Rovaniemi in the background on our way out of town.
Click to enlargeOne of the frequent signs in Finland warning us of reindeer husbandry.
Click to enlargeThe souvenir tower outside Ranua Zoo. It being a Tuesday afternoon, a significant fraction of the zoo's clientele appeared to be school children.
Click to enlargeEntering the Elainpuisto (Zoo).
Click to enlargeA sleeping otter.
Click to enlargeThe animals at Ranua Zoo can be feisty. Fortunately we hadn't brought any spices with us, so we weren't worried.
Click to enlargeBeavers.
Click to enlargeA Kurki (Crane)
Click to enlargeKurki (Crane)
Click to enlargeA mouse.
Click to enlargePage 1 of a four page treatise on Linnunpöntöt.
Click to enlargePage 2.
Click to enlargePage 3.
Click to enlargePage 4.
Click to enlargeTunturipöllö (Snowy Owls).
Click to enlargeTunturipöllö (Snowy Owls).
Click toplayTunturipöllö (Snowy Owls).
Click to enlargeHuuhkaja (Eagle Owl).
Click to enlargeHuuhkaja (Eagle Owl).
Click to enlargeLapinpöllö (Great Grey Owl).
Click to enlargeLapinpöllö (Great Grey Owl).
Click to enlargeThe Owls.
Click to enlargeViirupöllö (Ural Owl).
Click to enlargeViirupöllö (Ural Owl).
Click to enlargeLehtopöllö (Tawny Owl). There's one here, but it might take you a bit to find it. (It did me.)
Click to enlargeLehtopöllö (Tawny Owl).
Click to enlargeMaakotka (Golden Eagle).
Click to enlargeMaakotka (Golden Eagle).
Click to enlargeMaakotka (Golden Eagle). Between the previous picture and this one, the eagle put on an impressive aerial show for us.
Click to enlargePiekana (Rough-legged Buzzard).
Click to enlargePiekana (Rough-legged Buzzard).
Click to enlargeKanahaukka (Eurasian Goshawk).
Click to enlargeKanahaukka (Eurasian Goshawk).
Click to enlargeExamining the birds at the zoo. Note the nice boardwalk.
Click to enlargeTwo owls of some sort. I didn't get a picture of their sign, so I ca'n't say what they are.
Click to enlargeHelmipöllö (Tengmalm's Owl).
Click to enlargeHelmipöllö (Tengmalm's Owl).
Click to enlargeHiiripöllö (Hawk Owl).
Click to enlargeHiiripöllö (Hawk Owl).
Click to playMetso (Capercaillie). The weirdest sounding bird ever. Listen and be dumbfounded.
Click to enlargeMetso (Capercaillie).
Click to enlargeSome sort of hawk. Again, I forgot to take a picture of the sign.
Click to enlargeA moderately ticked off pheasant trying to kill or maim a couple of zoo workers. They had been putting food and water the pheasant's cage, which required the pheasant to be placed temporarily in a dog carrier. It was not amused by the whole thing.
Click to enlargeThe pheasant trying to find a way into the neighbouring cage.
Click to enlargeHaving failed with the zoo workers, it came over to us to see if we were worth bothering with...
Click to play... We weren't.
Click to enlargeEd checks out the Vesilinnut (Water Birds).
Click to enlargeVesilinnut (Water Birds).
Click to enlargeThere were a large number of these barrels sporting these linguistically opaque signs. We eventually figured out they were essentially fire hydrants.
Click to enlargeKopri (Raven).
Click to enlargeKopri (Raven).
Click to enlargeVillisika (Wild Boar).
Click to enlargeVillisika (Wild Boar). This one had an enclosure of his own.
Click to enlargeA villisika lying on a pile of rocks.
Click to enlargeRuskea Karhu (Brown Bears).
Click to enlargeJääkarhu (Polar Bear)
Click to enlargeJääkarhu with tyres.
Click to enlargeJääkarhu with tyres.
Click to playThe Jääkarhu gets more comfortable.
Click to enlargeLying down.
Click to enlargeRuskea Karhu (Brown Bears).
Click to enlargeRuskea Karhu (Brown Bears).
Click to enlargeA Ruskea Karhu on a rock.
Click to enlargeA Ruskea Karhu on a rock. I accidentally bumped a bench, which made the bear pick up its head.
Click to enlargeSusi (Wolf).
Click to enlargeIlves (Lynx).
Click to enlargeSusi (Wolf).
Click to enlargeWorking on a staircase to a new, unspecified location.
Click to enlargeIlves (Lynx).
Click to enlargeIlves (Lynx).
Click to enlargeAhma (Wolverine).
Click to enlargeAhma (Wolverine).
Click to enlargeEd contemplates the adventure track.
Click to enlargeGaelen leads the way through the adventure track.
Click to playGaelen, Matt and Marie encounter some problems along the way.
Click to enlargeMatt slides down to victory.
Click to enlargeA major intersection in the zoo.
Click to enlargeFinland spent a brief time underwater.
Click to enlargeEd checks out the rock zoo.
Click to enlargeReindeer calf.
Click to enlargeTaking a drink.
Click to enlargeThe calf again.
Click to enlargeMetsäpeura (Wild Forest Reindeer).
Click to enlargeKuusipeura (Fallow Deer).
Click to enlargeKuusipeura (Fallow Deer).
Click to enlargeMetsäkauris (Roe Deer).
Click to enlargeHirvi (Moose).
Click to enlargeThe Moose can but what?
Click to enlargeHirvi, probably taking a break from destroying trees.
Click to enlargeHirvi, probably taking a break from destroying trees.
Click to playA supikoira (raccoon) with babies.
Click to enlargeA supikoira (raccoon) with babies.
Click to enlargeAnother raccoon joins in.
Click to enlargeSupikoira (Raccoon).
Click to enlargeRed fox.
Click to enlargeA really fluffy naali (arctic fox).
Click to enlargeNaali (Arctic Fox).
Click to enlargeIt's the year of the reindeer?
Click to enlargeThe end of the zoo.
Click to enlargeA strange looking house inside the zoo.
Click to enlargeSimo.
Click to enlargeGetting gas in Simo.
Click to enlargeKemi.
Click to enlargeKemi.
Click to enlargeA rather surprising sign.
Click to enlargeA well equipped park.
Click to enlargeThe Gulf of Bothnia.
Click to enlargeA heart in the stones.
Click to enlargeSome sort of monument.
Click to enlargeA hydro damn across the mouth of the Kemijoki.
Click to enlargeEntering Haparanda/Tornio.
Click to enlargeThe Torne River, again.
Click to enlargeAn orthodox church.
Click to enlargeCrossing back into Sweden in Haparanda/Tornio.
Click to enlargeHaparanda Church, one of the ugliest churches in Sweden, according to Gaelen's guide book.
Click to enlargeFog. Most cars around Kiruna have large fog lights. Our rentals, sadly, don't.
Click to enlargeÖverkalix behind the trees.
Click to enlargeLooking west along the Arctic Circle.
Click to enlargeWithin an arcminute of the Arctic Circle.
Click to enlargeThe Arctic Circle Centre.
Click to enlargeThe Arctic Circle Centre.
Click to enlargeOne arcminute further north than the last time we checked.
Click to enlargeOne arcminute further north than the last time we checked. According to the literature, the arctic circle moves around a fair bit. The Arctic Circle Centre didn't appear to be all that mobile, which made us a little suspicious.
Click to enlargeThe Arctic Circle Centre.
Click to enlargeA log points us in the correct direction.
Click to enlargeCosmetic scratches received by my water bottle after I forgot it on the top of the car when we pulled out of the Arctic Circle Centre. Despite hitting the pavement and rolling through some gravel, it suffered no serious injury.
Click to enlargeThe Kalix River.
Click to enlargeThe Kalix River.
Click to enlargeA urinal for frogs and men.
Click to enlargeA confusing road sign.
Click to enlargeThe old, one lane bridge over the Kalix River. Circumstantial evidence suggests it's primarily used by reindeer now.
Click to enlargeThe Kalix River. This is the last picture from Tuesday, because at this point my camera ran out of juice.

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