Endings and beginnings

Hey! Long time no see, right?

Indeed, I haven’t posted here since March, and even before that I wasn’t as prolific as I used to be… I’ve been busy, you see, working on all sorts of projects!
Here’s an update, see English below 🙂

[fr] Vous l’avez sans doute remarquĂ©, je ne publie plus beaucoup sur ce blog… la faute Ă  tout un tas de projets en cours, et des retours de moins en moins nombreux. NĂ©anmoins, j’ai encore envie d’Ă©crire, pour pouvoir partager mes aventures dans un format plus cohĂ©rent qu’une succession d’images postĂ©es dans le dĂ©sordre sur les rĂ©seaux sociaux. Aussi, je vous invite Ă  rejoindre ma liste de distribution, en remplissant le formulaire Ă  cette adresse : cliquez ici. Chaque mois, je vous enverrai un email pour donner de mes nouvelles, vous prĂ©senter mes travaux les plus rĂ©cents… et plein d’autres choses, j’ai beaucoup d’idĂ©es ! Le truc gĂ©nial, c’est que vous pourrez me contacter simplement, en rĂ©pondant Ă  mon mail.

Dans le premier numĂ©ro, que je vous enverrai lundi, je raconte ma première sortie en affĂ»t flottant, Ă  la rencontre de canards et des combattants variĂ©s, ainsi qu’une balade en Laponie ce printemps, entre cailloux et grenouilles. Plus tard, je vous emmènerai en Australie.

Au final, ceci est mon dernier article sur Eiwawar. Merci pour votre soutien pendant toutes ces annĂ©es, j’ai adorĂ© ❤

A bientôt dans votre boîte mail,
Samuel

[en] You might have guessed: this is the end of Eiwawar. It’s not the end of my adventures though, and I still want to tell you about them in a format more coherent than a series of posts on social media. Therefore, I’m delighted to present you my new mailing list. Every month, I’ll send you news in the form of text and images, just like before. In addition, I’ll include photo tips and all sorts of goodies, always related to the natural world. I have many ideas!
I hope you’ll choose to trust me again, I promise it’ll be a cool ride. The best thing is that you’ll be able to contact me by simply replying to my emails. Subscribe here!

The first issue, out on Monday, is dedicated to my first experience in a floating hide, taking pictures of ducks and ruffs, and a very special hike in Lapland this spring, between rocks and frogs. Later, I’ll take you to Australia, I have a lot to show you from there.

Thank you for your support, it warms my heart every time ❤

See you soon,
Samuel

European common frog (Rana temporaria)

Print shop, newsletter and Bearded reedlings

Hi everyone, I hope this article finds you well. Here in Finland, spring has started, with the snow melting and the first migratory birds coming back from the south (swans, geese, larks, pigeons…).

In this article:

  • my new print shop
  • a newsletter in the making
  • Bearded reedlings in wintry Helsinki
Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus), male
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The North Island exclusive files: big city

This is a continuation from the previous article, which you can find here: sea, trees and volcanoes. Today, we are in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. We’ll be watching planes and birds at the airport, and we’ll lie in the mud to shoot grebes and rails. In the end, we’ll spend one fantastic sunset around the gannet colony in Muriwai, a delightful ending for a great one-year adventure in kiwiland.

Welcome!

Plane and bird spotting at Auckland Airport

Australasian swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)
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The North Island exclusive files: sea, trees and volcanoes

Hi again, and welcome to one of my last articles about New Zealand!

Today’s post presents a hodgepodge of places from the North Island, some you’ve seen before, some you haven’t, but with pictures never released on this blog before.
Our trip will start with a relaxing break in Napier, by the Pacific Ocean. From there, we’ll cross the Ahimanawa Range to spend a cloudy day in the Redwoods of Rotorua. Our next destination will be the volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park, before moving back to Auckland, the largest city in the country, in a second article. There, we’ll be watching planes and birds at the airport, and we’ll lie in the mud to shoot grebes and rails. In the end, we’ll spend one fantastic sunset around the gannet colony in Muriwai, a delightful ending for a great one-year adventure in kiwiland.

Welcome!

Napier

My time in Napier was short, as I was in transit between Castlepoint and Whirinaki. Cities are not really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the museum and the surf of the ocean.

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Ruska 2020: Pallas-Ylläs

It was that time of the year, again. Temperatures going down, trees turning yellow, orange, red.

We didn’t have so many plans for this corona-year, so fortunately not much got canceled, but after 2 weeks in Vivien’s family in Hungary in August, we felt like we could do something inside Finland. Vivien had never been to Lapland, so we decided it would be our next destination.

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Volunteering on Tiritiri

Tiritiri Matangi was the first patch of nature I visited after I arrived in New Zealand. Remember? I sailed out of Auckland and spent 4 nights on the island, a reforested sanctuary where rare endemic species have been reintroduced.

Want to learn more about Tiritiri or refresh your memory? Please have a look at the following articles:

Tiritiri part 1 | Tiritiri part 2 | Tiritiri part 3

That was in August 2018. Fast-forward almost a year, I’m staying in Auckland for the last few weeks of my stay, spending most of my free time exploring the shoreline near my apartment. One day, I received an email from a coordinator at the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi: hey, do you want to come for a week of volunteering on the island?

Why, of course I want!!

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