"I hike with 4 bottles of gin but no tripod" says Nikon pro Eeva Mäkinen

Finish River in autumn, river is curving below trees, some mist in top left, taken by Eeva Mäkinen
An fall view of a river flowing through an untouched area of old forest in the middle of Oulanka National Park (Nikon Z 7II; Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S at 52mm; 1/800 sec, f/3.2, ISO500) (Image credit: Eeva Mäkinen / N-Photo)

Summer has arrived early in Kuusamo, a small town in Finland’s northeast, close to the Russian border. Here the winters are long and bitterly cold, but the attractions of snow-covered trees, frozen lakes and the Northern Lights make it a popular destination for landscape photographers from the world over.

It’s 20:00 on June 01 when I speak to Eeva Mäkinen, who is sitting outside, listening to the local birdsong near the lakeside where she lives. “It’s a beautiful evening here,” she says, happily. “The summer came around one and a half weeks early. Usually this time of the year we might still have some ice on the lakes, but now as I’m sitting on our own lake shore, the trees have leaves already and it’s really summery, 20 degrees!” (68°F)

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Keith Wilson

A former award-winning editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, Keith is the founder of Outdoor Photography, which he edited from 2000 to 2007, Black + White Photography and Wild Planet, the world’s first monthly digital magazine devoted entirely to wildlife photography. He is a highly regarded competition judge and since 2016 has chaired the jury of the Nature Photographer of the Year awards. He is the co-founder (with Britta Jaschinski) of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™, an international group of award-winning photographers who have joined forces to use their powerful and iconic images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade.