Life over 70th parallel
The Varanger peninsula is located in the far north of Norway, in the Finnmark region, and both the landscape and the flora and fauna have unique elements that are not in the rest of Scandinavia.
Unlike the rest of the Norwegian coast the peninsula is basically flat, and there are no major mountains, if we exclude the cliffs in the north. The vast plateau of the center reaches at most 600 meters.
Most of the peninsula is dominated by tundra. The taiga, the only trees, are located in the south from Tana Bru at the mouth of the Jakobselv river.
To protect these ecosystems, various nature reserves and protected areas, mostly along the coast, were formed. The entire inner area became protected only recently in 2006 with the birth of the Varanger Peninsula National Park.
The whole area is very well known among birdwatchers, photographers and ornithologists, and is one of the most important spots in the world. Most visitors, however, are concentrated in the late spring or summer where we find a greater number of species and much less severe weather.
I decided instead to visit the Varanger in late winter, where there are still all the peculiarities of the Arctic climate, and to photograph some very rare and unique species that with the rising temperatures of spring starts to migrate to the coasts of Novaya Zemlya, Svalbard etc.
Partial solar eclipse of march 20 2016
The solar eclipse of March 20, 2015, also known as equinox eclipse, is an astronomical event that took place on the said day from 7:40 UTC to 11:50 UTC, with the maximum at around 9:46 hours UTC.
In central Italy the eclipse reached a percentage of concealment by about 53%, with higher percentages increasing latitude and wholeness in the area ranging from Fær Øer to Svalbard.
I combined the shooting in timelapse from an equatorial mount and pictures with the data of solar radiation and temperature kindly provided by local meteorologists and satellite video of the shadow on Europe.
It’s very interesting to see the correlation between these data in real time, as the passage of the moon in front of the sun affects the solar radiation, the temperature, and consequently the activities on the ground.