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…

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…

I met a friendly couple…

… last friday. Fridays are always special to me, but this one was great. I met two very busy, but also very friendly swans. They were so busy eating at the shore that they did not mind at all, me getting very near. Very slowly I approached them and one just glanced once at me and went on eating. It was an amazing moment, what huge and beautiful birds they are! Here 2 of the snapshots which were not too bad…

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I feel so blessed to live in a country in peace and have eyes to see, ears to hear and a wonderful family around me…