Torneträsk, Sweden

Abisko National Park -- April and May are lonely months for the great Lapland lake of Torneträsk. The spring thaw ends the season for the snowmobile drivers and the ice fishers, but there's still too much slush in the hills for the trekkers to embark upon the celebrated 500 km Kungsleden trail towards Hemavan.

The lake, meanwhile, is replenished by the melting snow from the mountains at the Norwegian border, carried by streams bearing names in Swedish, Finnish and Sami. The one above is called Paktajåkka (Finnish-based Swedish) and Jáffogasluobblat (Sami). The crushed rock embankment in the foreground is man-made, part of the effort to preserve the stream while building the E10 highway right above it.

These photos are taken with the Nikon D100 digital SLR with the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 D lens.

Scandinavia 2003

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