Friday, May 20, 2011

Stamp of the Day: Boreal Forest

This is a stamp of a typical Swedish or Finnish spruce forest (granskog).  Dark, with mushrooms (except these seem to grow a bit to high up on the stem!). Moss on the forest floor, moist air, shades, and mosquitoes. Looking at this stamp brings back many memories of hikes through trailless forests looking for chanterelles, boletus, or just a lost trail.  Sometimes a birch or aspen shows up among the spruces.  Of course a real old natural spruce forest would have been a mix of species, but these days many of the spruce forests are planted decades ago and are near monocultures as part of the forestry industry.  (Finnish stamp - Suomi is Finland in Finnish).

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