Architecture can be so beautiful.
So, Restaurantday was again. 🙂 The food festival is still going strong in Finland and more and more gaining new ground in other countries such as Japan, Denmark, Russia etc. Great to hear. Compared to last winters restaurantday the weather this February 16th was totally different. Last year the temperature was quite cold with a proper winter and snow. This year however, there was at times a totally immersive fog. Later on in the day it was also raining. Still a great day with some nice treats. I approached the day a bit differently. Instead of a 50mm lens I took a more wide-angle lens and the photos are therefore more of the surroundings than the tighter details. OF course this also meant I was photographing the architecture and a bit of the scenery when possible.
As you can see from the above photo the fog was of course quite beautiful and gives the landmarks of the city a little bit of that extra something. The different “restaurants were as usual located all over the city so it was only natural to use the Restaurantday app to check out which places to visit and eat at this time.
Walking through Kruununhaka region on the way to African cuisine. THe building of the Bank of Finland. The statue, JV Snellman, one of the most important statesmen in our lands history and one of the persons who awoke the yearning for an independent state.
There is a bit of the more pompous architecture in Helsinki as well. Although such buildings are relatively rare as we Finns are not ones to build such monuments.
A small office in the heart of Kruununhaka, the first stop. The food was from Madagaskar and excellent. I was a bit suprised at the use of spices. But a great first stop. Did not get any useable photos of the food inside, so you will just have to take my word for it 🙂
Not so much snow in the city.
Two different pop-up restaurants on this side street. Indian cuisine inside a yoga school. Great small treats, I tasted a nice dessert which was sweet, not spicy for once(I have a long history of eating Indian cuisine and getting suprised by the inclusion of spices in places one would not expect).
The second restaurant was selling raw cakes (you know, the ones which are all the rage with vegetarians). The cakes looked nice,the prices however were way too high for the spirit of the festival. The other day I read from the newspaper that the restaurant will be starting in the same place for real and this was a test run. No wonder the prices were so high..
Onwards and to Esplanadi park.
Here the resturants were under the skies or in tents and there was also rather more bustling and people enjoying food.
Also tourists mingling with the locals.
There was even lines in some of the booths.
Enjoying the food.
Great Thai chicken at a nice price. Of course I had to take a bite 🙂
African Mama wings had also chicken wings with a bit of spice. Excellent!
People in the fog.
A bit of dessert. 🙂
Slow or should I say fast start to the new year. 2014 has started as damp and cold as 2013 ended. Pretty much constant drizzle of water is the name of the game. Work has also been very time and energy consuming. I even have not had much possibility to go out and photograph anything special. Due to the semi-darkness of the daylight time it seems that I have to properly start doing more tripod shooting and long/very long exposures are the name of the game. Or maybe I should somehow get my hands on a Nikon D4/Df or a 1Dx/5mk3 from Canon so that I could shoot in the dark!
I hope this year will be even better than last year. And last year was really., really special for me, with lovely traveling, a great winter and a great summer of photographing. Goals/hopes for the year: Hopefully get a new camera, travel to new places, improve as a person and a photographer.
Autumn is slowly but surely advancing. Still the days are relatively nice with temperatures in the region of +5-15. The sun still rules.
It is surely one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors. The trees are gold and red with green still thrown into the mix. Lovely to go out and hike with some bread and hot chocolate in the backback and a camera on the shoulder.
Forests are quite damp now which means that mushrooms are also to be found in numerous amounts and different varieties. Great way to get a little extra enjoyment to the food table. Of course one needs to know which are edible and which are not. So one needs to be careful in the collecting phase and sure in the cooking but the rewards can be mesmerising.
Finnish woods are filled with rocks and stone formations. Some of them just beg you to climb them. Others are small but sympathetic.
Lonely trees can be very enticing to photograph and they draw my eye. Like this example on the way upwards towards the peak.
Helsinki has three high vantage points, hill-wise speaking. This is the path to the peak of the easternmost peak in Vuosaari. The landscape is lunaresque as this is a landfill site which is slowly turning into a hiking and outdoors destination as the nature takes over the man-made peak.
The view from the top is really nice, with good possibilities to see birds as well. Especially when they are migrating in the spring or the autumn. This also gives a little perspective to how densely populated our capital city is. 😉
Quick blast from the past.
Gibraltar is the only place in Europe where one can find monkeys in the wild. The saying goes, as long as there are monkeys in Gibraltar, so long will the British rule. 😉
This adult, probably a male, was quite aggressive and seemed to mean the business, he had the look: Don´t you dare come closer. The youngling was far more accommadating. Both pictures were taken with a 20mm so I was really close in reality. Not a proper portrait focal length by any means, but you make do with what you have in the moment with you.