Sunday, September 10, 2017

On wildlife and more

This season, we’ve seen much less of the mute swans than last year. Although they’ve continued to appear in pairs we’ve seen none with any little ones. I have no idea whether our late spring might have had some sort of an effect on nesting or whether the lack of cygnets was a coincidence. Nevertheless, all the cranes we’ve spotted now have also been without offspring unlike last year when I took the two last photos below.





Other residents in the neighbourhood of the cottage include foxes and roe deer. The latter, although beautiful to look at, are losing their popularity because they act as hosts for ticks that may carry infectious diseases. For the bacterial one, Lyme disease also called Lyme borreliosis, there is no other definite prevention than avoiding tick attachment and the only cure is antibiotics.



We’ve had ourselves vaccinated against the viral one, tick-borne encephalitis or TBE, just in case because we spend a lot of time in the Turku archipelago where a risk exists. Today it is rather low but climate change is expected to increase these kinds of risks even in our secure corner of the world.

Already this very moment, we are evidencing the furious effects of climate change all around the globe. I find it unbelievable there are still people, let alone world leaders, who keep ignoring the expertise of the scientific community and deny the phenomenon. It is intolerable to see there are those who are wilfully contributing to turning many parts of this irreplaceable planet of ours uninhabitable. A spectacular sunset won’t give you much joy if you can’t bear the sight in daylight.

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  1. I do so agree with your comments. What is going on weatherwise is clearly indicative of our perilous sate climate wise. Beautiful photos. B x

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    1. It does seem the pressure to save the planet will have to come from the bottom, from the masses of consumers demanding social and environmental responsibility.

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  2. I too agree with your comments and have been campaigning about climate change for the past 25 years. It is frightening that the message hasn't been taken seriously and the situation has deteriorated more rapidly each year. Sarah x

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    1. It is frightening, isn't it? We cannot but believe that reason will win before it is too late.

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