Plants and snakes in Vuosaari

I went to Mustavuori and Porvarinlahti area in Vuosaari, Helsinki. I met three snake enthusiasts who were looking for adders, and I stayed with them for a while. We saw six adders and a grass snake. Even though there were many snakes in a small area, they were still difficult to spot. I haven't realized how easily you can walk right past a snake without even noticing it.

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Rose moss (Rhodobryum roseum).

Juniper haircap (Polytrichum juniperinum) with its male reproductive structures (left) and sporophytes (middle). On the right there are the sporophytes of some other moss. The first and third picture were taken with a smartphone camera using a macro lense.

Rock with mosses.

Glittering woodmoss (Hylocomium splendens).

Norway spruce seedling (Picea abies) and juniper haircap. They are the same size and almost look the same as well.

Other plants

My first coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) this year.

Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) waking up in the spring. Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) on the other hand is from last year.

A cave under a partially fallen spruce.

Buds of red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) opening.


A common crane (Grus grus) flew over me. Also two ravens (Corvus corax) were flying around.

Adder (Vipera berus) with sawtooth pattern and a hiding grass snake (Natrix natrix).

Black adder.

The snakes were difficult enough to spot even when they weren't hiding.