Minna Kinnunen

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Gruvsjöfjället

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I counted my “60 toppar” peaks the other day and found to my astonishment that I already have 31 of them! And as of today, 32. I drove to Vauldalen just across the border and hiked to Gruvsjöfjället. It was a very easy hike because you can follow a road/quad trail almost to the top, and the altitude kind of sneaks up on you as there are almost no steep parts at all.

Once on top, I got a bit worried though – it was raining in the north, it was raining in the north-west and it was raining in the south. It seemed to be sunny in Sweden… I just had to go abroad today, right? 😀 I had some rain gear with me but it doesn’t mean that I want to get rained on, so I didn’t spend much time up there. Which is a pity, because it was a nice place and worth exploring. However, rain or not, the light wasn’t good so I should come back here another time.

I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to dodge all three rain fronts, but as it turned out, I did. I got a few drops on me but calling it a rain would be flattering it. So instead of landscape shooting, I kept my eye on the dwarf cornel which was growing in huge numbers. It’s one of my favourite flowers so I’m always happy to see it, even when it is a little bit past its prime as it was here.

It’s been a very nice extended weekend and I wish I could extend it more… I think they call it vacation? I should have some of that!

View from the top, it's raining on Skardsfjella
View from the top, it’s raining on Skardsfjella
New ferns around an interesting rock, which doesn't look so interesting in 2-D
New ferns around an interesting rock, which doesn’t look so interesting in 2-D
A cliff formation that looks like a castle. I should probably have used the long zoom on this, hmm...
A cliff formation that looks like a castle. I should probably have used the long zoom on this, hmm…
Dwarf cornel and old mountain birch
Dwarf cornel and old mountain birch
Dwarf cornel, but those starburst leaves probably belong to common cow-wheat
Dwarf cornel, but those starburst leaves probably belong to common cow-wheat
Cowberry growing in a mountain birch stub
Cowberry growing in a mountain birch stub
I'm thinking, targets for axe throwing?
I’m thinking, targets for axe throwing?

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