10 Jul 2014

Karkali nature reserve

Karkali nature reserve, Lohja 30/6/2014

Karkalinniemi is located in southern Finland, some 60 kilometres west from Helsinki. We visited Karkali nature reserve in the end of June. You are supposed to walk only on marked trails there. We chose the longest, 6 kilometre trail.

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The remainders of an old croft are still visible in the nature. We found an old well. It is over a hundred years since the last inhabitants left the area.

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It was very fresh and green in the woods. The nature is rich in Karkali: for example common hazel grows in the area.

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We found some interesting looking fungi. In a nature reserve the trees are supposed to decompose without any interference from humans.

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The duckboards were very slippery in places. It was more like skiing on the boards, not walking. I'm happy none in our family of five got injured. The rainy June was kind to us: it started raining only after we had started driving back home.


  1. An enjoyable walk with you Maria. I love old wells, they create a picture of life of days gone by. The thing is I remember places like that. As a youngster we visited an aunt and cousins who drew water from a well, cooked on a range and were lit up with a tilly lamp.
    Love all that fungi, I haven't seen too much myself this year.
    We've had a dry month up to now. No doubt the rain will catch up sometime.

  2. Hi Maria, I thought I'd left a comment on this post last night, maybe I forgot to press the publish button.
    I love to find old wells, they paint a picture of life in the past. Even as a boy I remember visiting relatives who lived on a farm with no electricity or running water. They drew water from the well, cooked on a cast iron range and light was provided by a paraffin tilly lamp.
    Love all the strange fungi too.

  3. I now see two comments, so this will make it a round three I've left !

    1. Jim, I think Blogger has had some problems with comments. Some comments I've left have just disappeared.
      Somehow the old wells etc. also remind me how vulnerable our society is nowadays. I can also remember visiting some relatives in the countryside in the late 1970s - early 1980s when they still partly grew their own food (not only vegetables but also got their own milk/beef) and drank water from their own wells. The houses were at least partly warmed with wood. Now we live in a flat and are very dependent on electricity, tap water, central heating etc.

  4. Lovely place and pics. That upright fungi is beautiful, not the bracket fungi but the thin stalk ones. I don’t know what its called but it shows how damp and warm the area must be. We don’t get many fungi here until September.

  5. I think the fungus i mentioned above is Ramaria stricta, Upright Coral.

    1. Thanks Alan. Ramaria stricta certainly looks like the fungus we saw. I don't think I had seen it before.

  6. Hi Maria, Whats happened to all the photo’s?