Wishing to be somewhere warmer..

The beach by Jere Ketola (JKetola) on 500px.com

After the pictures of my homeland where the autumn is slowly fading away it is nice to dream of future travels and places one has visited in the past. Here is a picture of a beach in a small paradise island in the Solomons, far far away in another galaxy, almost.. 

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Lapland pt.2

Continuing from yesterdays post.

the ground is full of small beautiful suprises.

Landscape is almost lunaresque in some places. Flash forward to present day and this scene is under snow.

Visibility was great as the weather was splendid.

Some of the paths down the fell were quite spectacular. The hike was not too tough but I can imagine it being very difficult with a little rain to make the rocks slippery.

The streams that run down the fells are nice and the water is fresh and very cold.

The stream forms numerous ponds along the way downwards.

Pretty colors.

No idea what sort of berries these are..


Reindeer can be seen grazing. They are not too shy, although if you get too close they will move away.

No greater treat than a hot sauna and dip into the ice cold water of the Arctic.

The worlds end..

Lapland

Lapland in the autumn is very beautiful. It is the northernmost region in Finland and home to fells (smaller than mountains, but yet high). (P.S all pics open to a bigger one if you wish to see them large)

The area is quite large and very empty due to the harsh climate.

Towards Sweden

Some of the best rivers for fishing in Finland are located in the western regions of Lapland.

The forests are awash with color in the lower regions. A lot of berries to be collected as well as mushrooms.

The forest plants are beautiful in a rough sort of way. Befitting the merciless cold climate.

The sunrises and paints and eerie glow to the sky. In the summer the sun does not set and in the winter it does not rise at all. Land of the extreme?

The fells are typically round shaped after years of erosion. The Pallastunturi region is a national park.

Bogs and swamps are commonplace, and the mosquitos are a pesky problem in the summertime.

Reindeer are commonplace in Lapland. Here a young one is grazing.

Dwarftrees (Vaivaiskoivu in Finnish) are common. The birch trees cannot grow to be of great height. Looks can be deceiving, some of these trees are hundreds of years old.

The color of the land is beautiful in the autumn.

The landscape is peaceful and beautiful.

Another dwarfbirch rests alone on the mountainside

More to come..

Election day walk

Today Finland votes in the municipal elections. At least over here in Helsinki the weather was excellent for the day and there seemed to be lot of people around. Municipal elections do bring out more people to vote as it is closer to home.  

After enjoying my civil right of voting in a free and democratic state, I went for a long walk with my camera.

The continuing cold weather had made a thin ice on top of the seawater and it sparkled beautifully.

The birds were also visible, enjoying their daily lives. As winter comes, less and less birds can be seen here in the harsh northern climate, but some of the ones that do stay are absolutely beautiful. 

Bohemian waxwing

Winter has arrrived here in Helsinki. The first snow has drifted gently down and as the temperature has not risen back to the positive side of the scale some of the snow has actually stayed around.

Bohemian waxwings are a lovely species of birds which can now be seen around in small or big hosts of birds. They eat the berries still in trees.

Tilhi

Spaghetteria

Kellekään minut tuntevalle (tai blogia lukeneelle) ei liene jäänyt epäselväksi rakkauteni italialaista ruokaa kohtaan. Kovinkaan suurta kädenvääntöä ei tarvitse käydä, jotta minut saa mukaan nauttimaan saapasjalkamaan ruokalajeista.

Aivan Helsingin keskustassa sijaitsevan WTC talon uumenissa on paikka nimeltä Spaghetteria. WTC Plazan läpi kulkiessa tupa on useimmiten ollut täynnä; mielikuva on, että paikka on suhteellisen suosittu. Luonnollisesti hyvä sijainti edesauttaa asiaa, mutta taustatekijöinä löytyy yleensä myös hyvä ruoka/palvelu..

Menua selaillessa huomio kiinnittyy siihen, että hintataso on perin kohtuullinen.

Carciofo e Paprika
Latva-artisokkaa ja paahdettua paprikaa.

Alkupala maistui hyvälle ja oli myös miellyttävän näköinen.

Alla Bolognese

Spaghetti perinteisellä Bolognese kastikkeella. Ehkä idioottivarma valinta? Kyllä, mutta toisaalta annos, joka on niin tuttu että myös hyvä ateria erottuu joukosta helposti. Spaghetterian Alla Bolognese oli hyvänmakuista, spagetti sopivan kiinteää ja kastiketta ja lihaa sopivasti. Mukana tullut patonki oli tavanomaista, perustuoretta vaaleaa leipää. Annoksen ainoa poikkeus oli vähäinen juuston määrä. Tai jos tarkkoja ollaan, sitä ei ollut ollenkaan.. Ripaus juustoa bolognesen päällä on mielestäni erittäin tärkeää. Kokonaisuutena annos oli kuitenkin positiivinen kokemus ja Spaghetteriaan ensi kerralla mennessä kokeilen taatusti jotain hieman erilaisempaa. Esimerkiksi annoksissa sekä tortellini että vuohenjuustopasta kelpaavat kokeiltaviksi ensi kerralla.

Vanilja gelatello suklaakastikkeella

Spaghetterian nettisivuille