HaliPuu forest is covered by snow again, and the nature is in a state of rest. In just a few days “kaamos” (polar night) is back, and the sun will stay below the horizon for weeks.
While pine trees stay green the whole year around, the birches of the HaliPuu -forest have dropped their leaves several weeks ago. When winter approaches birch trees pull the valuable nutrients back to the trunk, decrease the water content of their cells and create frost resisting substances to help them survive the cold. Some animals go to sleep too, like bears that for the coming months will be snoring under a blanket of white. Others switch to a protective winter fur, that keeps them warm and makes them almost invisible against the monochrome backdrop of nature. The willow grouse in the picture above is also perfectly camouflaged – it looks more like a snow ball than a bird!