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…

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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…

The snowy weekend

November in Finland is really a strange month. Most of the time it will be wet, rainy and grey. But then, when a high pressure hits, it is fully possible that the sun shines from a blue heaven for the few hours of sunlight. The morning awakes treacherous with black ice. The streets are so slippery, that you cannot go up the hill.

Or then, you wake up one morning, and everything is covered in white. It has been snowing in the night, and a lot. The day before everything was so dark, that crossing streets without reflectors and in black clothing is dangerous for your health, since the people driving can’t see you, unless you walking under street light. But not this day, the amount of light makes even the night bright, as you can see here and here.

Went out and took a few shots, nothing special, but I have to admit, I have missed the sight of snow. As I am writing this, the snow is already gone totally, the whole day has been rainy, and the last bits are already melted.

The sun and the sea

A little image from the first days of september. Sunny days become more rare and rare, so when it shines, you have to go outside and enjoy the last glimpses. Sooner or later I will miss the sun desperately.

This haven and the sun was taken on these last summer days, or the first days of autumn. I just love the sun how warm it looks.

The boat is arriving at the haven, there are still so many boats out there. Some people leave their ship until the first ice come. I never have been a boat owner, so I cannot comment if this is a dumb thing to do, but I wonder what if you wait too long and you cannot get the boat out anymore.. Could be getting expensive.

Well, without a boat, I do not have to worry about it 🙂

a boat, the sun and the haven