In March last year, when we drove on road 890, we couldn’t turn left to Høyholmen, for the track was blocked by snow. This time, I could drive along this 3-km long jetty… slowly, though, because of all the holes and waves on the track. It left me some time to admire the landscape.
Located at the mouth of the Tana (or Teno) river, in its delta, and surrounded by abrupt peaks, this peninsula seems to lead you to a small isolated village… until you realize that to reach it, you have to cross by boat! The small vessels were stranded ashore, on the beach, a vision akin to those one can have in Brittany. The weather was similar too, with a cold wind and a near-constant drizzle.
The scenery was spectacular, and in all directions there was something to see: here, a mud expanse sheltering waders on their way north, there, the ruin of a ship or a group of Common eiders (Somateria mollissima). Clouds added an interesting texture to the sky, a treat to the photographer brave enough to endure these harsh conditions.
Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) oversaw their territory in loud patrols, keeping an eye on the bipedal visitors while foraging on the strand.
On the way back, I noticed Arctic skuas (Stercorarius parasiticus) swooping around, chasing gulls in an attempt to establish their own kingdom in the meadow. Powerful and intelligent birds, they let me come close enough for a few shots, before taking off. There I realized I would have to make choices during this trip: wildlife photography takes time, even if the birds are tame… but the road awaited, and at the end of it, wonders to see before hitting it again the day after, in a neverending quest for more. When to continue, when to say stop? A vast question.
I left those impressive animals to their territory, and heeded the call of the Arctic Ocean.
To be continued…
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