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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Night of the Midnight Sun -

Almost ~
This photo was taken (through a window) 33 minutes past midnight on June 9th in Finland. The latitude for my hometown in Finland is 63o 22’ N, about 400 kilometers (248 US miles) south of the Arctic Circle.
You can see the sun setting behind the birch trees (Betula verrucosa), in the front some young rowan trees (Sorbus aucuparia).

Today is the Midsummer Eve which is traditionally linked to many magical and supernatural aspects especially in Northern Europe, Finland and Sweden.

Even in Colorado we have longer daylight and the wildflowers are flourishing. Please keep the BI-program in mind and the availability of the beautiful specimens for your botanical drawings. Our classes resume on the last week of July and many of the fall classes have already sold out. See the catalog link on the right hand column.

Lastly, while visiting Sweden a few days ago I took the following photo of Cypripedium calceolus, yellow lady’s slipper, guckusko in Swedish which was already a bit over flowered.
It is protected and one of the rare plants in Sweden, but can be found relatively easily on the calcareous soils north of Stockholm.
(Cypripedium calceolus, 6.14.09 Ängskär's Nature Reserve, Sweden; Photo: MHjK)

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