Last row

Winter has first arrived and now it seems gone again. Nature is poised between winter proper and autumn.

Last week we had the first snow here in Helsinki and now as I write it, it has melted away as the weather took a sudden turn for the warmer.

I have been totally immersed in my work life, as I have, once again taken a leap to another work place. Seems the time between workday and the next is way too short currently, but I have a lot of faith that the situation will get better as I get more and more into the job and learn the new people and the new things I have to be responsible for. Still a huge change. Photography has been taking a second fiddle and the writing of the blog has been totally out of my mind for the time being.

I am thinking of how to breathe more fresh air into this, probably something like a photo a day again would be good.

Last row before the winter. by Jere Ketola on

Took this photo with my trusty Nikon as a old lady was out for the last row of the season before winter arrived with snow, ice and coldness. A beautiful moment for sure!

How are all you doing?



Forlorn bird

Photograph Autumn bird by Jere Ketola on 500px


Been a while since I have used my old Nikon D70. Looking at some of the photos taken with it I sometimes wonder whats the problem with old technology? This photo is taken with an obsolete over a decade old digital camera. STill good enough to do a A3 sized print from and looks good to me?

Back home, safe and sound

Summer holidays are now drawn to an end and all is well. It is sad that the summer is slowly drawing near to its end. The swimming waters will eventually cool so that the outside swimming season is ended and slowly the trees will turn yellow as well. But now there is still a bit of summer left as well as harvest time for the crops.

The blog has been on an unintended hiatus for much longer than anticipated due to bad internet connections (or lack thereof) and also because of the busy schedule in between. The summer has consisted of a couple of trips abroad as well as enjoying the niceties of Finnish summer.

Monsoon by Jere Ketola on
Motorcycling with a umbrella, not something you could glimpse in the Western countries.

Recently back from the tropics of island nation of Sri Lanka. I will be posting photos of the trip after I have had the time to cull through them.
Have a lovely start of a new week!

Traveling induced Hiatus in posting…

IT is holiday season in Finland. Therefore I have been away, visiting some lovely places. I will probably writr a couple of different posts on this when I have had the time to transfer my photos to the computer which I left home so as to really enjoy holiday.

As usual to fully enjoy vacation it is essential to get out of the normal routines and into different mindscape and hopefully into a different location as well.

As luck would have it I live in the capital of our fair country with excellent connections to the world. No need to drive for hours on end to get to the airport. This also means that almost all European capitals are just a quick hop away. With the advent of Norwegian and Ryanair et al its also relatively cheap to fly nowadays. I still tend to favor Lufthansa and Finnair when possible but usually the destination plays a part in the chosen form of transportation as well.


Want to take a guess where all of the photos in this post were taken?

More tk..

Lifesaver upon a wall


Lifeboat on the wall? A symbol or still in use. I do not know. But I do know that there is a profound meaning in it. We all need someone to save us, at some point in time. It may be more of a spiritual or mental help when we have bad times or it may be real physical need that we have. Each one of needs it, whether we admit it or not. On the other hand probably all of us also are the ones doing the life-saving at one point or the other. It may not even be obvious, but a couple of right words to a stranger may mean much more to them than you will ever know..


There is a certain satisfaction in seeing how the change of seasons is shown in the nature. The leaves sprout out, beautiful flowers blossom, new life grows. Birds sing and the wind whispers warmly against the skin. Even the occasional bout of rain does not make one less happy for the rain is welcome, a giver of life as sure as the sun!


Flowing water also has a profound symbolism: life always advancing, always moving forwards.

Spring is finally here

Spring is coming by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on

Spring has finally come, with the temperature close to +20 now today. Excellent.

Whooper swan by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on

Migrating birds have also arrived in force. The national bird of Finland ie Whooper Swan has come home as well .

Barnacle Goose and flowers by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on

Barnacle goose have also arrived in Helsinki. The species is supposed to live on the tundra in the north, but they have decided that city life is great in Helsinki so a big population now reside here as well.

Old and wise ladies

These two old ladies were sitting down, enjoying the evening sun. They were worried about the urbanization of their culture and their land, but still they were quite happy and content.

Thoughtful  by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on

They know their loved ones will visit from the city and can understand the pull of hope and a better life.

Oh! by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on