Peipsi tint (Osmerus eperlanus morfa spirinchus) is a fish that lives very happily in the great lake of Peipsi, in the East part of Estonia. My word, I get it, Peipsi has the best beaches, especially in the northern side. Best meaning here that it’s very slowly getting deeper, there are hardly any people there and it’s so clean. Not sure if someone cleans it or it just stays like this, but never seen even a cigarette butt out there. Maybe the Peipsi tint eats it.
Oh and now I’ve missed out on a perfectly good pun too, because Peipsi is the lake, “tint” also means “ink” in Estonian and I was out there at the Peipsi shore painting with inks.
Moment of silence for the pun.
But here we go, off to the next topic and that is house cafes. We had a coffee and a cake at the cutest one in Kallaste. If you happen to go see the sandstone cliff (you know that awkward moment when there’s that time when you have to call a 4 meter sandstone exposure a cliff to get a feeling you went and saw something) at Kallaste town, you can find the Anna cafe and hostel near the crossroad and it’s like a Russian theme house that is an experience (notice: Estonia is not Russia. Russia is different. But there are a lot of Estonian Russians living near the Peipsi lakes Estonian side and it’s a part of the areas culture and it’s interesting).
At midnight, as we were already out and were eating our fast food, we decided to look around a bit in the Eastern side of Estonia.
All of these photos are taken between 00:30 and 1:30am.
Alatskivi castle/manor has been very well taken care of these recent years and it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and parks. A bit eery to walk around in the middle of the night, especially when they decided to shut all the lights out when we went on our circle walk. But the whole area has definitely changed to better each year, I’d recommend taking a repeat visit sometime 🙂 Wait for the sunrise and go sit by the lake!
When we got to Kallaste around 1am, half of the sky had turned dark but you could still see the pink sky on one side.
Kallaste is a lakeshore town on the Estonian side of the huge Peipsi lake that separates Russia and Estonia. So if you squint your eyes and imagine stuff that isn’t really there, you can definitely spot Russia on the other side of the lake.
There was this lonely boar hitting the small waves on the shore, thank you for that ghostly soundtrack. The photo is taken with long exposure, the photo below is better for showing what human eye could see.
And yes, I was impressed that the pink sky never went away during the entire night. And yes, I knew it doesn’t do that in June. I guess when you live inside a forest or in a town, you forget some cool stuff, for example the time where the sunset meets the sunrise.
I guess the main reason ravens are on these paintings is that they’re gorgeous.The other reason is that they’re awesome birds. Smart (Quote: “Their beak cannot open tough skins of the carcasses, that’s why when they encounter a big corpse, they make calls that attract wolves and foxes to the site and the large carnivores can break the carcass”, playful( Video: rolling around in the snow) and they do random stuff ( Quote “anting feels great if you’re a bird”)
When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. In one logic test, the raven had to get a hanging piece of food by pulling up a bit of the string, anchoring it with its claw, and repeating until the food was in reach. Many ravens got the food on the first try, some within 30 seconds. In the wild, ravens have pushed rocks on people to keep them from climbing to their nests, stolen fish by pulling a fishermen’s line out of ice holes, and played dead beside a beaver carcass to scare other ravens away from a delicious feast.
If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. Since the other ravens are smart too, this only works sometimes.”
You can read rest of the 10 raven facts in this blog: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53295/10-fascinating-facts-about-ravens
I’ve tried a lot of different stuff with ravens and I feel like they’re a great subject. All done with brushes and inks, on 20x30cm loose canvas. Some of these are for sale in my shop on Etsy (shipping is worldwide and I’m located in Estonia, North-Europe): www.5erg.etsy.com
Decided to start the day of our little bike trip at 6am, which was a good choice. If you want to enjoy the trip and get a decent sunburn, you must try to hit the target by noon. Definitely never take a hat with you and do take only one bottle of water. Most importantly, look around! Make the planned 50km on your MTB bikes a nice 70km instead.
In our way we stumbled across the Unipiha manor and ruins (photos by Triin Erg)
Then had a little painting and eating stop by the Suure-Kambja lake.
Triin found a bunch of butterflies:
Our goal of the trip was to find this burned down manor house, Suure-Kambja manor: