Colors

Photograph Fall colors by Jere Ketola on 500px

Playing around with intentional camerashake a couple of weeks ago. Hilarious to see then that the Finnish Wildlife photograph of the year went to a intentional camerashake photo this year 😀 Works sometimes, sometimes not. This one I liked, had a lot of bad versions as well. You would think its simple.. Not so..

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More autumn colors

metsä

The colors of the forest are still blooming with more and more leaves falling down.

pelto

Harvest is also over and the fields more or less ready for the winter and await a new spring.

rainbow

A rainbow seen from afar. Not the typical beautiful full half-circle though.

forest

More beautiful forest colors. All photos in this set taken in south-west Finland. A beautiful region of Finland.

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Mushrooms those persistant little buggers

Mushrooms by Jere Ketola (JKetola)

I guess that as a Finn I am drawn to our forests. Finland is full of big and small forests and like our lakes, they are a important part of our culture. Finland is also one of the rare countries where you can freely wonder in just about any forest with our “everymans rights”. Forests are also full of wonderful details as well as a place to visit to calm your nerves and breathe fresh air.

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

Cityscape 2

Sun sets over a city deep in the autumn. There is even a relatively high chance of snowfall in the coming week or so. The Olympic stadium and its tower, the mainstage of 1952 Games is lit up by the beuatiful sunset. To the right the old building of Meilahti Tower Hospital which is under renovation.

Helsinki Olympic stadium
The tower of the Olympic stadium is one of many landmarks in Helsinki.

Towards the south the famous Finlandia hall sits on shore of Töölö bay. It has been a landmark of Helsinki since when it was built in the early ’60s.

töölö
Finlandia hall is lit up and the beautiful architecture of this building is evident from afar.