Sometimes its great to just take a camera with one lens and stroll at your own pace through the city. It can be liberating or frustrating depending on the viewpoint. I find that it is mostly liberating in that I can focus on just the one focal length and not bother with changing lenses or cameras. Also this forces the mind and the eye to see the details that the chosen lens can illustrate.
Flowers from Kallio, towards the center of the city.
A street in Kallio facing Merihaka
I loved the colors and the architecture in this view.
One of the buildings that exhibit a little daring architecture, the Ympyrätalo (Roundhouse :D) is located in Hakaniemi. I have also worked in that building for a couple of years so there is a certain sense of nostalgia when I look upon it.
Just nice colors in this tunnel to a inner yard.
The windows of houses are sometimes very interesting. Especially older architecture seems to have a lot of nice details
Some quite flamboyant buildings along the way as well.
Sushi seems to be all the rage in Helsinki at the moment. Smaller and bigger sushi places can be found all over the city.
Nice little boat, eh? Belongs to a certain fellow countryman who goes by the nickname Iceman.
A walking bridge between Katajanokka and the center of the city.
The bridge is full of locks proclaiming lasting love. In the background is a nice restaurant called Sipuli which has great food.
I felt moved by this older gentleman. Somehow I think he was remembering someone very dear to him.
The view from Katajanokka towards the north. Merihaka has its own architecture, of which I am not exactly a fan of. But it has its own uniqueness of course and the people living there have a great view of the city center.
Church cross backlit as the sun is being blocked by storm clouds.
Finally even as the sun is setting, Rays of pure light break through the massing clouds.
Somehow I have always been drawn towards water. It may have something to with the places we have lived when I was a kid, or it may stem from my longing to see new and different places. I tend to always be drawn to the shore of any lesser or bigger spread of water. I love to swim as well as dive so my love of water goes far deeper than just staring at the expanse of water nearby.
I spent quite a few years in a part of Finland where lakes or the sea are not so near and somehow I found myself always visiting the nearest small lake with quite a few trips to the biggest lake in the area and the nearest sea shore having to be taken.
Nature is so wonderfully beautiful and water is such a necessity for our survival. Sometimes the intensity of the water is stupendous and other times the calmness and stillness is almost eerie.
There used to be a road on the beach side of this palm tree. Nowadays the Pacific has taken over the road and humans have had to get used to the fact that the climate is changing.
Some of the most memorable places I have visited have been shoreside. Also some of the most terrible places. Seeing what was left and what devastation the Tsunami of Boxing day 2004 caused was humbling.
Water alters how we see the world and how we live . And I love water.
Even the pesky white stuff it turns into in the winter.