|Off we go.... Our youngest one is saying goodbye, waiting for her turn...|
|This image is not mine, but gives a good idea of what we saw.|
When we reached the lake, we put down our backpacks and took some time off. My little girl had been keeping up pretty good, despite me carrying her pack from time to time. We were both very warm and the breeze down here was quite pleasant. As we stood there, we noticed a brightly coloured butterfly, flashing its colours as it caught the sun's rays. It circled nearer and nearer and finally landed on my back! I moved and it flew up, turned and landed on my leg.... I could even get it to walk over onto my hand and there it just sat.... probing my fingers with its long tongue and I could bring it really close to my face and look at it. Even my movements in order to take pictures did not disturb it!! I was in awe.... and felt very priviliged. Even after I let it go, it kept coming back, landing on my backpack and finnbag. I really felt that it was eeking me out, because it would not go near my daughter and she did not want to go near it. Could this be a sign? I believe it was..... as I do believe in animal totems and related things.
|this image I'll cherish....|
|The yellow line is the normal level of the lake. These are pollen, whcih have fallen into the water last spring. The excessive rain lately has caused the lake to rise about 10-12cm.|
|a couple of storloms, (gavia arctica) was there, too. My daughter was just as enchanted by these birds and their calls as I am.|
|what is she reaching for??|
|should have know.... blueberries|
|my little girl|
|something did find a place to sleep, here....|
|but what? Deer? Moose?|
Also we overestimated the strength of my daughter, because most of the way home I had to carry here backpack. She was tired, warm, deeply disappointed and seriously pissed off at the biting buggers! I did not want here to remember this trip being miserable AND having to haul her pack.... This made it a little easier on her.. But it weighed down heavy on my... all 20kg's of it....
|By the time we got home I looked like this....|
Some images of the "wildlife" we encountered;