Misty Northern Views

This week’s Friday feature is a recent photo of

a broad northern river, slumbering in its tranquil overcast.

The spring has been very slow to arrive this year, even for here, but today showed signs that it’s finally landed.

I ventured out a bit and saw three bears (!) and this pretty view.

Have a good weekend. 🙂

19 thoughts on “Misty Northern Views”

    1. Hahaha. Actually, it was momma and twins. They looked very healthy, but I wasn’t able to get a good picture because they quickly ran off. They were worried about a delinquent blond girl breaking into their house, eating their porridge, breaking their furniture and sleeping in their beds. The things that bears have to put up with. Yikes. 😉

  1. Lovely picture, Lynette. Spring just arriving? We’re basking in 24C temps here in SW UK. – had lunch in the garden (not that I’m trying to make you jealous, you understand?). 3 Bears, eh? I told Valerie the rustling we heard in the trees today was probably a lion, and she started singing the ‘Lions, Tigers, and Bears’ song from Wizard of Oz.’ I don’t think she believed me!

    1. I work in what is technically the Arctic (north of 60° N latitude in the Northwest Territories), so spring usually only arrives in late April, but this year it has been late by a month.
      My home is in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, where spring usually arrives in February! (And did this year, too.) When I am finished working here (my contract concludes in two years), I will have had enough of the frigid winters and will be looking forward to the mild temps of the Okanagan.
      You have lions in your forest? Ummm, did you also see a white rabbit with a large pocket watch? 😉 Valerie is a smart lady!
      Yes, we have bears, many, many of them. I tried to get a photo but they were too quick and ran into the trees.
      The 24C sounds lovely. I would really enjoy that about now!

      1. Deep respect! I could never work in that environment. And Valerie is a ‘fur coat in the Sahara’ person, so che’d definitely not be up for the Arctic. Keep pinging us the pics; I can enjoy those in the warmth of my home, with the accompanying shivers!

        1. Thank you, Stuart. You learn to dress properly – I have a wonderful handmade parka that falls to mid-shin. I’ve actually gotten hot in it while walking to work in -45C. I have two winters left and will be happy to leave after that! Yes, I’ll keep posting photos, for sure. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lori. 🙂

      Yes, the bears are out, lots of them. I saw a mum and her twins, but I couldn’t get a good photo because they saw me and quickly ran into the woods. The cubs were so cute. It’s completely safe if you stay in your vehicle (I put the window down enough to stick my camera out) or make sure you don’t get between mom and her cubs.

  2. Bears! I have never seen bears in the nature. In Finland bears are mainly living in the eastern part of Finland (I live in the west) in Kuusamo. It is quite seldom that bears are walking in the neighborhood. Nice photograph, thank your for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Minna. 🙂 My husband had to do an hour-long drive today and he saw about 12; there are many of them here. Mostly we see black bears, but I have seen some brown bears. No grizzlies, though.

      1. 12 😳 Wow. We have only brown bears here in Finland. I assume grizzlies can be dangerous, as all bears, but grizzlies especially

        1. Yes, the grizzlies are much larger and much more dangerous than brown or black bears. The polar bears are the biggest of all the bear species. I don’t live far enough north to see them, though. 🙂

          1. Sounds so awesome! Even though people think that we have polar bears in Finland, we don’t have them! To see a polar bear we have to travel to Grönland 🙃

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