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June 22, 2012

Giant’s potholes / Marmitas de gigante / Marmites du diable

In English:

In Askola, about 80 kilometers / 50 miles to the West of Helsinki, there is an area full with potholes (Giant’s kettles). The number of them exceeds 20.

It was in June when I visited the place. I walked thru the wood along the paths. and finally I saw them. Due to early summer everyone was filled with water. My return walk I took another path passing on cliffs. At the end I saw a bog full with Hare’s-tail Cottongrass / Tussock Cottongrass / Sheathed Cottonsedge (Latin name: Eriophorum vaginatum). The bog is on a cliff, I might think that the area has been a sea before the ice-age.

En español:

En Askola, a unos 80 kilómetros / 50 millas al oeste de Helsinki, hay una zona llena de Marmitas de gigante. El número de ellos es más de20.

Fue en junio, cuando visité el lugar. Caminé a través del bosque a lo largo de los senderos. y, finalmente, los vi. Debido a principios del verano todas marmitas de gigante (Kettles) estaban llenas de agua. Mi regreso tomé un otro camino que pasa en los acantilados. Al final vi un pantano lleno de “Eriophorum vaginatum”. El pantano está en un acantilado, podría pensar que la zona ha sido un mar antes de la edad de hielo.

En francais:

En Askola, à environ 80 kilomètres / 50 miles à l’ouest d’Helsinki, est une zone pleine de Marmites du diable (, Marmites de géant, chaudrons). Le nombre est plus de 20.

C’était en Juin quand j’ai visité l’endroit. Je me promenais dans les bois le long des sentiers. et enfin les ai vus. Depuis début de l’été tous les Marmites du diable ont été remplis avec de l’eau. Mon retour j’ai pris un chemin différent qui se passe dans les falaises. Enfin vu un marécage plein de Linaigrettes vaginées ou Linaigrettes engainées Lat. Eriophorum vaginatum. Le marais est sur une falaise, je pourrait ainsi penser que la région a été une mer avant l’âge de glace.

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Giant’s potholes / Marmitas de gigante / Marmites du diable

Giant’s potholes / Marmitas de gigante / Marmites du diable

You might be interested to see my post:

Rock paintings / Pinturas rupestres / Peintures rupestres

Today on Friday 22rd June 2012 begins Finland’s biggest festivities – Midsummer celebrations. I am off the forum two or three days. Happy week-end!

65 Comments »

  1. The potholes are so interesting! It’s very intriguing to attempt to visualize their formation!

    I love the name “Hare’s-tail Cottongrass”. That’s exactly what it looks like! Fascinating plant!

    Comment by montucky — June 22, 2012 @ 07:29 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      I have seen only few potholes before and these are great when thinking that there are so many of them in a quite small area. Hare’s-tail Cottongrass exists also here where I live, but I very seldom walk on bogs.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 06:29 | Reply

  2. Thank you very much for these photos. I really like to see these strange accidents of nature and your excellent explanation. I have seen this in books but never in such brilliant photos. I have seen the Cotton Grass in England; in some bogs up in Yorkshire. I think there are some in Wales also. Thank you for the Latin names, that is always helpful for reference.
    Clive, Isle of Wight.

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — June 22, 2012 @ 07:47 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      I am very happy that You liked my photos. Yes, Latin names are a “must” when presenting trees and flowers. With them it is easy to seek names in other languages and at the same time if they are found locally.

      Thank You commenting.

      Have a great start for this week.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 06:33 | Reply

  3. That’s really amazing! Just think how long it took to form those potholes. I wonder why they’re all in that one area.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 22, 2012 @ 07:50 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      There is some explanation to Your question in my first photo. The area was very favorable for the birth of these potholes. I am glad that You visited my blog and left Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 06:37 | Reply

  4. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.🙂

    Comment by Chillbrook — June 22, 2012 @ 09:27 | Reply

    • Hello Chillbrook.

      Thank You for Your comment and visit my site.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 06:38 | Reply

  5. all that pictures are awesome!!!!!

    Comment by Olga Muñoz Soto — June 22, 2012 @ 11:05 | Reply

    • Hola Olga.

      Thank You for Your kind words.

      Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 06:39 | Reply

  6. Beautiful and interesting photos! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

    Comment by dragonflyquiltworks — June 22, 2012 @ 12:32 | Reply

    • Hi Lora.

      So nice to read Your comment and to notice that my photos pleased You.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 06:41 | Reply

  7. Love the moss and cotton flowers – like mythical landscapes for fairy and troll tales. Great pictures of the potholes – wonderful geologic formations. The forest reminds me a little bit of the area around Koli that I visited a few years ago.

    Comment by Elin — June 22, 2012 @ 15:02 | Reply

    • Hello Elin.

      Thank You for Your comment. I am so happy that You liked my photos.

      What a surprise – You have visited Koli National Park. It is a place where I have been five or six times in my life and every time I find it so fascinating. I am not sure if You have seen my post from it.

      Here:

      Koli national park

      I have also one more post from that area. Few years ago we spent our holiday by renting a summer cottage for a week only 15 kilometers / 9.3 miles from Koli. The Lake Pielinen was so beautiful and to row on it was nice experience. We also went to Sauna

      Hired vacation cottage /Cabaña de verano alquilada/Cabane de l’été louée

      I hope that You check my answer and see these links.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:00 | Reply

  8. Very special and mærleligt phenomenon these potholes! And their surroundings are amazingly beautiful. Have a nice and beautiful weekend, Matti!

    Comment by Truels — June 22, 2012 @ 20:31 | Reply

    • Hello Truels.

      Thank You for Your comment. So nice to read that You did find these interesting.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:01 | Reply

  9. These giant potholes are amazing — I can’t get over how large they are. It appears that people can go down into at least one of them. The entire area looks beautiful. I think it would be a real pleasure to hike through this area. Thank you for sharing your visit with us. Enjoy the midsummer celebration.

    Comment by seniorhiker — June 23, 2012 @ 04:02 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You for Your comment. The area is great, but it is missing falls.🙂 Midsummer celebrations went very well and we did have great fun.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:04 | Reply

  10. Such amazing wonders our planet holds! This was a beautiful and fascinating walk. Love the shots of the delicate flowers. Happy Midsummer, Matti!! Enjoy the light!!!! Janet

    Comment by Heart To Harp — June 24, 2012 @ 02:20 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      How happy I am when reading Your comment. Thank You. We came yesterday back from a city called Tampere. On Sunday the weather was not at its best, but it is only one part of being away from home.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:07 | Reply

  11. Cool photos!

    Comment by adaughterofthemanse — June 24, 2012 @ 15:23 | Reply

    • Hi adaughterofthemanse.

      Thank You for comment. I am very glad that You like my photos.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:12 | Reply

  12. Must be very interesting to see… A great series Matti !
    Have a lovely weekend🙂

    Comment by Tamara — June 24, 2012 @ 18:12 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      Thank You for Your visit and leaving Your comment. Yes, it was indeed very interesting to see these and to walk thru the forest.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:20 | Reply

  13. It is interesting to see how deep the pot holes are. I think that is spagnum moss.Is it? Love the lines in the tree that stands outs in the photo that is ninth from the end.Happy Day, Matti.

    Comment by janechese — June 24, 2012 @ 22:02 | Reply

    • Hi Jane.

      I think that You are right. In many cases on bogs there are many different plants. One interesting plant which exists on bogs is Ripe cloudberry (Latin name: Rubus chamaemorus). The jam made of it is delicious, but more exotic is the liqueur from it is a very cool drink! Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:33 | Reply

  14. Fascinating stuff, Matti! Don’t you wonder about the animals that roamed this area before humans did?!!!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — June 25, 2012 @ 00:54 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      Thank You. Yes I did and let my imagination to stroll far away to the past. I am a great fan of history since my childhood. I read then many books telling about the Stone Age.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 07:38 | Reply

  15. Wonderful pictures and post! I’m really going to have to visit to see this for myself🙂

    Comment by megtraveling — June 26, 2012 @ 15:51 | Reply

    • Hi Megtraveling.

      You are welcome. There are near to Helsinki some great places. To reach this You need to rent a car. If doing so, then You can visit some small towns like Porvoo (it is full with old red wooden houses), Loviisa. To the North there is a Hämeenlinna with a historic castle. These were just some to mention. More exact info You find when clicking Categories. I have some posts from these places.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a beautiful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 26, 2012 @ 16:00 | Reply

  16. I really enjoyed your photos. It is so interesting how deep the holes are. Your country has so many interesting sights.

    Comment by Karen — June 26, 2012 @ 17:18 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Thank You. Yes, one of them is indeed very deep. Later when summer goes on, some of them will be emptied of water.

      Have a beautiful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2012 @ 06:32 | Reply

  17. Incredible – have never seen anything like this! Love the blog and in three languages too🙂

    Comment by Chica Andaluza — June 26, 2012 @ 17:33 | Reply

    • Hola Chica Andaluza.

      I am glad that You visited my blog. Languages are my hobby. I maintain my learned language skills by reading books in their original language. It is an easy way.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2012 @ 06:36 | Reply

  18. I felt like I’m in a enchanted place with magical creatures and mesmerizing nature’s treasures. Beautiful. Those giant pot holes looks amazing. Thanks for sharing an exciting adventure to all of us. Love it all…

    Comment by island traveler — June 26, 2012 @ 18:21 | Reply

    • Hi Island Traveler.

      I am happy that You liked this place. To me it was the first time when I visited it although I have seen the road sign over dozens of times while driving to Porvoo and back from my home.

      Happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2012 @ 06:40 | Reply

  19. I love the pot holes. I think nature is very interesting. Your photos are great 🙂

    Comment by Northern Narratives — June 26, 2012 @ 19:42 | Reply

    • Hi Northern Narratives.

      Thank You for Your praising compliments concerning my photos.

      Have a beautiful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2012 @ 06:43 | Reply

  20. Espectaculares fotos de las marmitas y que bellos paisajes nórdicos.

    Comment by trapatroles — June 26, 2012 @ 23:19 | Reply

    • Hola Trapatroles.

      ¡Qué alegría de tener su visita! ¡Gracias!

      ¡Un saludo grande¡

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2012 @ 06:58 | Reply

  21. What an amazing place! We have kettle lakes here (which are small lakes formed by glaciers), but I’ve never seen anything like the giant pot holes. I’m also surprised at how much the terrain looks like the areas I recently traveled. Wonderful images. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — June 27, 2012 @ 01:03 | Reply

    • Hello Robin.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. To me it is always interesting to read that some places are similar looking although between them there is huge distance.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2012 @ 07:01 | Reply

  22. You take the best pictures of the most interesting places!! Thanks for you blog!! Although I’d like to travel there to see all of this for myself, these photos and your stories will have to do until I can.

    Comment by one4luck — June 28, 2012 @ 00:51 | Reply

    • Hello Michael.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I am glad that You like my posts with many photos. You have interesting hobby.

      Happy Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 28, 2012 @ 06:39 | Reply

  23. Greetings, Sartenada. I am enjoying my visit to your blog very much. The kettles are especially interesting. I have seen similar holes, but none so deep. I will use your post to teach my students about the power of water. Thank you very much for visiting Gwichyaa Zhee.

    Comment by Dave — June 28, 2012 @ 15:56 | Reply

    • Hi Dave.

      Thank You very much for Your comment. I am very happy when reading that my post might “help” You.

      Happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 29, 2012 @ 06:38 | Reply

  24. ¡Otro espectáculo increíble!, abrazos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — June 28, 2012 @ 22:18 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Muchas gracias al visitar mi blog. Es un gran placer para mi leer tu comentario.

      Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 29, 2012 @ 06:40 | Reply

  25. They are fascinating and beautiful – and beautifully photographed! The activity of ‘pot-holing’ – going underground and walking / swimming / crawling through underground caves – is my idea of a nightmare, but seeing these from ground level and looking down is a treat!

    Comment by Janice — July 2, 2012 @ 13:21 | Reply

    • Hi Janice.

      I am glad that You checked this post of mine. I enjoyed myself walking to potholes, because they are incredible when seeing them in live.

      Thank You commenting. Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 2, 2012 @ 15:43 | Reply

  26. Encore de belles photos de ton pays qui recèle bien des merveilles. Nous avons aussi ces marmites “glaciaires” mais pas aussi spectaculaires. J’aime beaucoup aussi ces petites fleurs blanches floconneuses. Merci de cette belle promenade. Mais que d’escaliers… mes genoux ont souffert😉

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — July 13, 2012 @ 21:09 | Reply

    • Isa,

      je suis très heureux que Tu a commentée cette, parce que l’endroit est proche de mon cœur. Merci beaucoup.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 16, 2012 @ 06:34 | Reply

  27. These look like they wouldn’t be out of place in a Lord of the Rings movie…very Middle Earth looking. Some of them are amazingly uniform in shape, the way that glaciers have formed this area just proves again and again how beautiful and diverse our little planet is and how wondrous Mother Nature is.

    Comment by kiwidutch — August 11, 2012 @ 21:15 | Reply

  28. Fascinating! We have rivers and gorges in the UK that have these but I’ve not seen these type of glacial remains. Great stuff!

    Comment by surfnslide — November 3, 2012 @ 13:56 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      I am happy that You did check this post. I knew the place for decades, but some day I decided to visit it. Actually it is not so far away from Helsinki. Thank You.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 3, 2012 @ 14:17 | Reply

  29. Wonderful photos. In Sedona, AZ there is a hike where you come across something similar, although much smaller, called the 7 pools.

    Comment by LuAnn — December 20, 2012 @ 16:15 | Reply

    • Hello LuAnn.

      Thank You. You gave great info where to find these in the States.

      Happy Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 17:18 | Reply

  30. Wow, Matti – these potholes are enormous, as well as having historical significance. Thanks for sharing these natural wonders with us through your wonderful photography – great pictures!

    Comment by luchaniktravel — February 8, 2013 @ 01:48 | Reply

    • Hello Davinder.

      How kind comment. I am glad that You love my post and photos. Thank You. I myself find these interesting. They star man to think how our planet was someday.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 8, 2013 @ 09:32 | Reply

  31. Very unusual.

    Comment by janeslog — March 9, 2014 @ 20:08 | Reply


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