Raindrops & Stars

RU6A1614My blog has been quiet due to my busy schedule. Who would have thought being unemployed is more hectic than working-life? I have been lucky enough to get many shifts at work so it’s a soft landing in unemployment. The situation is about to change in a week or so. Then I’ll probably have a lot of freetime for real.

I just wanted to come by and share some pictures from Christmas Day, when it had rained but the sun came out just before sunset. The raindrops in the window looked like small stars in the sunlight. So pretty!

Actually, nature has been really beautiful lately on many occasions. I mean some how extremely, more than usual -beautiful. Sometimes I just have to stop and think how amazing some natural phenomenons are. Like the steaming sea in sunlight, surrounded by land covered in snow – just magical! Too bad I haven’t had my camera with me to testify all that, but I guess some moments stick to your mind even without a picture to remember them by… RU6A1654RU6A1620RU6A1641RU6A1612RU6A1650RU6A1610RU6A1626RU6A1633

Hint of Color

IMG_5220I made a small outing to the forest on Saturday with my friends to see the fall colors. The colors weren’t all that saturated yet, but nevertheless it was so pretty, that it was a shame I didn’t have my camera with me. So today when I went for our normal daily walk with U, I had to take my camera along too, just in case.

The views weren’t as pretty as the ones in the recreation area, but anyway, there are some colors… Though, autumn isn’t as far as it could be —  there are still some signs of summer left too.

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Snakes

IMG_3802Nature photographer N is on fire again, haha! 😀 Our neighborhood has a lot of snakes, and I’ve seen a few this summer. Usually I’ve seen them on a walk in the forest and wished I had a camera with me (or they have been too fast for the camera in my cell…). So I got “lucky” last Saturday, when a viper was sunbathing in my parent’s garden and my camera happened to be close enough.

I really don’t like snakes, though. I’m kind of (beyond measure) scared of them, or more of the fact that they could be quite dangerous to my chihuahua! But they got something spectacular to them nevertheless. Or what do you think?

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I’m glad I got the picture I’ve been wanting to catch, but I still wish I’ve had a longer lens, so they could have turned out better… I didn’t wanna risk being on the biting-range. 😉

Midsummer’s Bonfire

IMG_2928The weather has been so cold all spring long, I couldn’t believe it was already time to celebrate midsummer! Even though the real “heat waves” always come after that, but I still think the weather should have been more summer-like by now.

We didn’t let the cold bother us though, and went to see the traditional bonfire and midnight sun in Naantali. We used to spent lot of midsummer evenings there when I was a kid, watching that same bonfire burning in front of president’s summer house every year. If you are in Turku or anywhere near Naantali during midsummer, that’s clearly the place to be. It was crowded, but there’s room for everyone by the rocks facing the fire and the sea.

In southern Finland the midnight sun doesn’t really “shine”, but it’s never the less light the whole night. After ten in the evening I could still see the sun peak, and I first woke up at six the next morning because the sun was shining so bright! These pictures were taken between 11 PM and midnight.

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Walk With Me

IMG_2740The inside of my home has flashed on the blog for several times already, but not the outside. I took the camera with me for a small stroll with my dog U, so you could get an insight of the area.

I was just thinking how much I like living in here! I had almost forgotten how relaxing it is, just to be able to step out of your home, almost right in the middle of nature. The forest is just around the corner and you can hear the birds sing. Of course living here means I have to commute to work a little bit longer (one thing I swore I would never want to do again once I moved out of my parent’s house… seems like opinions change. :)) and that the nearest grocery store isn’t exactly near. But right now, I’m willing to sacrifise those for the peaceful feeling I get here.  So surprisingly, I’m really not missing the concrete bunkers or life down town at all.

These pictures are from one of mine and U’s usual walking path at the moment. Right now I don’t take U that much deep into the forest because I heard there’s a lot of snakes (we already saw one too!). So this route goes through residential areas, but it’s pretty verdant too…IMG_2695 IMG_2700 IMG_2705 IMG_2708 IMG_2713 IMG_2715 IMG_2722 IMG_2728 IMG_2748 IMG_2738 IMG_2782IMG_2749 IMG_2758 IMG_2760 IMG_2765 IMG_2767 IMG_2773

Last stop: home.

Last one: home.