November is here … finally?

That is a typical november weather here in finland. Grey and rainy. The last years autumn was like this, for weeks. No sun at all.

After a while it is really depressing, the sun going down early, long dark and grey weather.

But as you can can see from the previous posts, this autumn was really beautiful so far.

The last days were really grey and I am happy about it. I enjoyed the weather really! But let’s see if this stays long, I think I am going to miss the sun…

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Summernight at the finnish countryside

A small roadtrip few days ago. We did not go far, but far from the civilization. I wonder how people can live in the middle of nowhere. Ok, it is quiet, but I would be afraid. Of bears… and wolfes… and crazy murderers, we all know these movies 😀

The first shot is the sunset at a nearby lake. I think the light on the sky near the sun is called a halo.

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The other pictures are taken later, after the sun went down.

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The lake and the woods were so quiet and peaceful. It was strange how the mist seemed to pour out of the ground and float to the lake.

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Even some fields were misty…

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Reflections on midsummer

I love the days around the summer solstice. Mostly because it is so quiet. Most finns are away in their cottages and the city is empty.
The celebrations around midsummer are an important tradition for the finnish people. Originally is is an pre-Christian tradition. The only negative are the drunken people coming home after midnight, yelling at the streets.

“The celebration of Midsummer’s Eve (St. John’s Eve among Christians) was from ancient times a festival of the summer solstice. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southward again. In later years, witches were also thought to be on their way to meetings with other powerful beings.”
(Quote from wikipedia)

Although we do not celebrate midsummer, the days are always a change to take a step back and relax.

This morning I was amazed around fajr. The lake was all foggy and the other side was not visible at all.

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The fog was coming from the lake. So quiet and peaceful, the air smelled so fresh.

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About half an hour later the fog was everywhere.

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Another moment to treasure…

Foggy autumn days

Autumn days get really foggy sometimes here. One day the fog was so tight, it did not go away until the sun was far over the zenith.

These are few pictures from the last weeks foggy days.

I loved most the moment in the foggy wood. It was so quiet and peaceful, no birds singing, nothing making noise. Everytime I walk in the woods I say to myself, I have to get in here far more often. But then, in the daily grind, it is forgotten. Maybe I should print one of those pictures on canvas to remind me.

Foggy frozen road trip

The temperature was about -25° Celsius (should be about -13°F ?) and the sky so clear and blue. The trees were covered with the white frost and the whole landscape was just amazing. The following pictures were taken in December 2012 in middle Finland.

When it’s so cold, it’s hard for everybody, even the cars. But the landscape was certainly worth it! Sorry, all pictures have been taken from driving car, so they are not so good quality. Other pictures will follow inshaAllah!

A foggy morning

Somehow I regret a little bit, that I do not have to go outside the house to work in the mornings. I love the smell of the air in the morning. There are not many birds at this time, but nature offers still so many beautiful occasions to just stop and wonder about Gods creation.

This image is taken in a beautiful november morning at the harbour of Jyväskylä.