Beautiful landscapes and fighting Swans in Kopparnäs

Beautiful landscapes and fighting Mute Swans were seen this week in Kopparnäs.

I found Kopparnäs couple of years ago and since that visited regularly on the area. Kopparnäs is a peninsula in Inkoo with a 450 hectare outdoor area. Kopparnäs belongs to the village of Degerby and is located about 30 kilometers from Helsinki.

Here is a link to the official site of Kopparnäs Link.

Kallioniemi Kopparnäs @Minna Jacobson 3/2020
Kallioniemi, Kopparnäs 03/2020
Canon 5D MarkII – ISO 100 – 24 mm – f/16 – 20 sec

Kopparnäs – beautiful hiking destination by the sea

Kopparnäs has very interesting history. After the second world war Finland had to rent parts of South cost to the Soviet Union due to the peace negotiations. The Soviet Union established a military base to defend Leningrad at the narrowest point of the Gulf of Finland between Porkkalanniemi and the Estonian island of Naissaar.

Kallioniemi Kopparnäs @Minna Jacobson 3/2020
Kallioniemi, Kopparnäs 03/2020
Canon 5D MarkII – ISO 100 – 24 mm – f/10 – 8 sec
Kallioniemi Kopparnäs @Minna Jacobson 3/2020
Kallioniemi, Kopparnäs 03/2020
Canon 5D MarkII – ISO 100 – 24 mm – f/8 – 6 sec

The rental area was extensive, comprising a large part of Kirkkonummi and Degerby as well as parts of Inkoo, Siuntio and Espoo. It was rented to the Soviet Union until 1994, however, the Soviet Union suddenly surrendered the area to Finland in 1955 and withdrew its troops from the Porkkala area.

Kallioniemi Kopparnäs @Minna Jacobson 3/2020
Kallioniemi, Kopparnäs 03/2020
Canon 5D MarkII – ISO 110 – 28 mm – f/4 – 1.6 and 8 sec
HDR merge in Lightroom

The Kopparnäs area was used for artillery and as a target area. All buildings were ruined and only stone feet remained. Also the terrain was almost completely burnt. Now the nature has recovered and there are a lot of different trees and plants growing. Also many birds live here during spring and summer.

Spring in the air – fighting Swans

The largest bird in Finland, Mute Swan, is a familiar sight on both the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf coast. Reef-covered bays are a popular habitat, but the species also thrives on the rugged islands of the outer archipelago and the mid-archipelago, as well as inland bird lakes.

Spring in the air - fighting swans

One of our most iconic waterbirds, the Mute Swan, is famed for its grace and beauty. It is also considered to be a romantic of the bird world because partners form a perfect love heart with their necks.

Mute swans feed on plants, particularly waterweed. They usually mate for life, but some will have numerous partners.

Spring in the air - fighting swans

We were lucky to follow this territory dispute mid of March in Kopparnäs.

Spring in the air - fighting swans

If you are interested in beautiful landscape and versatile nature by the sea, I recommend a visit to Kopparnäs.

9 replies to “Beautiful landscapes and fighting Swans in Kopparnäs

  1. Hello Minna.

    Wonderful post. My favorite photo is the second from the top. These areas are quite unknown me. I loved to see rocks in your photos. They are very beautiful. Same kind of rocks are on the biggest island of Helsinki when I last year presented unknown Helsinki. Have seen swans only in Mikkeli and on one road trip around here and there in Finland. They rested on a field and the number must haven at least hundred or something like that.

    Thank you for this delightful post.

    Happy Sunday,
    Matti

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    1. Hello Matti,
      Thank you, I am happy that you like my post and my photos. I love the second one too 🙂 The beach if full of rocks and there really beautiful colors on the rocks as well. Thank you for your hint, I will check your post!
      Swans have arrived in Finland. Actually here in Lohjanjärvi we have had two swans all winter. It has been so warm that they did not have to leave.

      Have a great and sunny Sunday,
      Minna

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