Last days of Winter

Winter had left Helsinki already a few weeks ago and then suddenly boom and we were in for a new cold spell with almost 20cm of snow in a night of heavy snowfall. As this winter was not partially photogenic with the lack of snow in January and February as well as the beginning of March. Usually the best time to get great winter shots is towards the spring when the sun spends more and more time up in the sky.

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Waking up to sunshine and a view like this inspired me to go outside for a few hours and enjoy the weather. Very relaxing. Shutter therapy is what Robin Wong calls it and that pretty much sums it up for me as well. Time to enjoy the beautiful nature and clear air alone or with someone in the same frame of mind.

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Functional architecture ie. a bit boxy buildings. Quite common in Finland.

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I for some reason liked the snow hanging on top of a metal net.

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Birch forests are quite common in Southern Finland.

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Boats awaiting for the ice to melt.

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A spot of clear air as before it was slightly snowing and the visibility was less than optimal.
This is a swimming beach in the summer, not too long now..

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Walking along the beach, the sun was shining and then it started to snow.. Not exactly Baywatch weather, eh?

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A bird watcher with whom I had a nice little chat after taking this photo. You can see the snowfall was quite heavy at this point.

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With the temperature hovering over zero the the snow was actually already melting as it met the ground. Still a great walk.
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