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We managed once more to travel all the way up to the most northern part of Europe and this time it was only 10'294 km! That is more than 1000km less than in 2011:-)) http://irishsetters.ning.com/profiles/blogs/10-563-km-later. Joy is a very travel experienced 'Red Bundle of Fur' - for those, who do not yet know her: Her kennel name is 'Coppersheen Delightful Bundle of Joy', but you can call her Joy :-)). I made a map last year with all the countries, she visited so far, but did not manage to blog and so I will probably have to redo the map. Here's the old one before I don't upload any of the two:
Switzerland - the red dot in the middle - that's where we live. Bluish/violet are countries, we toured extensively and/or several times and spent many nights there - you will have to add Sweden and Finnland to that now. Green are the countries, we only crossed the border to go hiking. And Poland we did not really visit, but passed through and spent one night there each way on our route to the Baltic States last year. This was our travel route this time:
We went up via Denmark, Sweden and Finnland and in Finnland you can see the route going to the right and a bit to the south again - that's where we visited our dear former ES friend Jarno, his family and of course the lovely Nemo. It was a 4,5 day drive to his place but well worth it!! Up in the North, we went birding for three weeks (with the camera, not the rifle!!) and then we went back home via Norway. This ptarmigan was sitting portrait for me on the Polar Circle:
With a quiet Setter by my side or not far behind, I could approach the bird as close as 7-8 meters for this frame filling shot. The little ones were even closer, sitting motionless on a rock, while the rough legged buzzard was flying above in circles. I was probably more security than threat and I think the animal knows, that I don't shoot to kill!
And here's the quiet Lady, who sometimes finds the photo subjects for me (a pic taken by the other photographer), en'Joy'ing the evening sun (that never goes down btw.) up on the penninsula leading to the Northern Cape in front of our trusted small VW California Camper:
I probably have never before uploaded such a chaotic spur of the moment blog - but I thought that's better than not blogging at all anymore - or at least, I hope so. En'Joy', C & J xxx