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..
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.