June is the blooming season of wild flowers around the Arctic Circle in Finland. Here in the North Finland, summer appears and disappears, I mean, that sometimes it’s very cold like around 6 degrees centigrade when it rains, sometimes stands at 25 to 30 degrees centigrade when the sun shines. The last weekend was shiny yet cold, but wild flowers were blooming all over the field.
Because I grew up in the urban area of Osaka, Japan, I used to sense the season’s transitions mostly from the mild or cool wind stroking my cheeks, roadside trees such as ginkgo turning its leaves and cherry blossoming, also from the songs of insects, especially the loud cicada’s crying reminds me of deadly hot summer.
But "visually", I think I have richer experience of season’s transitions here near the Arctic Circle than in Osaka. Being surrounded in the wild flowers is one of them. I’m not sensing a fragment of a season, but I am in there. Are these wild flowers familiar in your place?
Do you know “sauna vasta”? It’s a bunch of birch branches to beat your body in a sauna. Now it’s the season to make own fresh sauna vasta to enjoy the steamed birch scent.
There were some moments when the wind stopped. This picture was taken at 9:10 p.m.
And this picture was taken on the next morning, at 8:30 a.m.
Our cottage is situated a bit south from the Arctic Circle, so we don’t have white nights, but almost. We don’t have dark nights here. The summer solstice is coming in this week. I hope you have started a good week over there!