Spring Time Skiing on Pahtajärvenreitti, and More Birches Coming Out of the Snow

Spring time skiing on Pahtajärvenreiti
Spring time skiing on Pahtajärvenreitti

In the past few days, the sun was shining and blue sky was inviting for skiing trips. Unfortunately we were rather busy, but on Thursday we finally had some time for a short skiing trip. The skiing tracks were in very good condition, and partly looked almost as new. We decided to once again make a short round on the Pahtajärvenreitti, North of Hetta, Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Spring Time, Equinox, Birch Rebirth and More Fragments

Spring time fragment
Spring Time Fragment

When I wrote in my last gallery post and mentioned, that it looks and feels like spring already, then I was right. Even though there have been a few more days below -30, in general it remained rather warm.

The trees have lost their snow cover, and the birch trees, that have been buried under the snow, slowly loose their winterly suite and start to stand up again. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Some notes on the blog …

Now it is exactly one and a half years, that this blog went online, and a lot of things were added in the mean time. Besides all the content that has been published, also many features were added. The reason for this post thus is, to highlight and discuss a few of them.

  • RSS: One of the first gadgets I added was the RSS module, that allows you to easily follow this blog, by getting new posts delivered straight to your mailbox or browser – or whatever RSS reader you are using. (you can find this feature either in the right navigation bar or at the bottom)
  • Google translate: Even though I have a German mother tongue, I decided to write this blog in English and to keep it in this one language only (mainly because it means much less work for administration & writing). However, as you might already have seen, I added Google’s automatic translation tool in the navigation bar on the right. Despite the fact that such a translation tool is never very appropriate, it offers the possibility to translate to much more languages than I will ever be able to learn :-)
  • Social Network: One of the later gadgets I have added is an easy possibility to share the posts via social networks. Since I am (yet?) not active in these networks, I so far didn’t consider it as important. However, I occasionally got addressed with this issue, so I finally decided to integrate a simple share option at the end of each post (and the site).
  • Accessibility: Another issue that is important and has been on my mind for quite a while is accessibility – another part of the latest developments; further thoughts about it also motivated me to write this post here, simply because I need your help: Since i understand that common web design can make it hard for some people to access the information, I tried to implement some features, that makes it easier for everybody to follow my posts (resize text, contrast, skip links, audio function). However, especially with this issue I am also limited in understanding the needs of all blog readers, so that’s where your help is appreciated: If you have any difficulties with listening/reading/experiencing this blog, please let me know what can be improved, and define your difficulties with the accessibility of this blog, so that I am able to further develop the site and make it even more accessible.

What will the future bring?

So much about the past & present, but what will the future bring? Of course I will try to continue to regularly post some impressions of my surroundings, which I have been able to catch with my camera. I will also try to further improve my English skills, to make the posts more clear. But I am also planning to open up another category with content, despite picture galleries and travel stories. So, if you got interested now in what this could be – then stay tuned! For now I’d like to say thanks a lot for following my blog and for commenting my posts.