Feed me!

Feeding by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

 

A female bullfinch ravishing rowan berries before the winter proper arrives.

 

 

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Shadows of men

Shadows by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

The darkest part of the year is over and now it is getting brighter everyday. With some gorgeous light in the day time. Photo taken in Ullanlinna district, Helsinki.

 

Today we are enjoying a nice mini blizzard so it looks like winter after being a month late, arrived with a vengeance.

 

 

 

Ice-hockey, Finnish style

Ice hockey is by far the most popular sport in Finland. Our players and teams can be practically national heroes and the love of the sport is learned at a very young age. On the eve of the Winter Olympic games it is great to see the sport thriving as usual and I hope that we may compete for a medal in the Games at Sotshi. It will be great and thrilling to watch the teams compete in this great sport. Of course the Olympics have other interesting sports to follow, but for me, this is the one that gets the most attention.

So of course there needs to be venues to play the sport, grand ice rinks, smaller ice rinks etc. Then there is of course the old school thing of doing a ice rink where ever its possible. That is, where there is players and a flat piece of ice.

Icehockey on the sea

This is on the Kruununhaka side of town, as you may see from the ships, it is on sea ice. And depending on the weather and the time of the day there can be a full blown game of ice hockey going on or as here a couple of kids just having fun.

Ice Hockey on the ice pt2

A different part of the city and a different time of the day. A father and son playing and skating together on the sea again. This taken in the southern tip of the city. Great fun don’t you think?

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Ice Walk

As ice forms on the waters of our fair land, the Finns always have a strong urge to go and walk/skate/fish/ski on the ice. It is also a custom that people go too early when the ice is not yet strong enough and there are news of people falling into the water and needing to be saved. Sort of sad, but seems to be one of those news that you could pretty much copy-paste for the coming winters.

This winter started late, but with a bang and now it has been proper winter for a month or so. The ice formed quickly even on the sea, and now it is also safe to walk on if the place does not have a strong current.

Walking on ice

Walking on ice

In the spring this will fill up with nice boats.

Walking on ice

From the pier onto the ice.

Walking on ice

Walking on ice

Ice-skating is great fun when there is not too much snow on the ice.

Walking on ice

Walking on ice

Walking on ice

Walking on ice

All frozen in.

Walking on ice

Just a fun stroll on the ice. And a hot chocolate to warm the body after the cold wind.

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