Temporary Map Drawn by Spring by Ritva Ikonen

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“Temporary Map Drawn by Spring” was featured in the group SEASONS CHANGE, nothing MAN MADE. ( NATURE LANDSCAPES), April 2011.

The World heritage area of Kvarken Archipelago (in FInland) is situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, a northern extension of the Baltic Sea. The 5,600 islands of the Kvarken Archipelago feature unusual ridged washboard moraines, called De Geer moraines, formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, 10,000 to 24,000 years ago.

The Archipelago is continuously rising from the sea in a process of rapid glacio-isostatic uplift, whereby the land, previously weighed down under the weight of a glacier, lifts at rates that are among the highest in the world. As a consequence islands appear and unite, peninsulas expand, and lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens.

This shot is taken from the observation tower that raises to over 20 meters height.


ice, rock, sea, water, nature, kvarken, finland, map, world heritage


  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    This is great! It DOES look like some kind of map, or maybe a fried egg!! Love the title, & love the bird soaring past. Nice work, Ritva.

  • I also considered to call it an ice doughnut but it sure looks like a fried egg. Thank you very much for your comments, Sheila.

    – Ritva Ikonen

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    Stunning Scene!! ~ <( ;o)~ Carolyn

  • Thank you so much for the fav and your compliment!

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much for your comment and for the fav, Lori!

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this beautiful scene.

  • Thank you very much, Rebecca! The scene was truly beautiful.

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot, love the colors, details ,just plain neat capture.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Jan! Glad you liked this.

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • Steve Hildebrandt
    Steve Hildebrandtabout 3 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thank you very much, my friend!

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous photo, too short writing only. This last is a reason why I cant feature it. I wanted.

  • Thank you very much, Meeli! I will take the time to write more about this amazing place.

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    Stunning scenic view! CONGRATULATIONS! April 28, 2011

    Your hosts of SEASONS CHANGE

    Carolyn, Vickie, and Michelle
  • That’s very much appreciated! Thank you so much, Vickie!

    – Ritva Ikonen

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature!! So beautiful! ~ <( ;o)~ Carolyn

  • Thank you so much again, Carolyn!!!

    – Ritva Ikonen

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful natural formation Ritva! Well seen and captured! ;o)

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