Autumn turning to winter

This is how it looks. White, delicate, crispy, and beautiful. These photos were taken around 7.30am this morning in Southern Finland. The temperature was just below zero, skies were clear, and I knew it was going to be a beautiful morning. ♥ In the meantime: If you are into photography and nature, you should check…

The season is changing

You remember how I notice the changing season twice a year? Once in the autumn and once in the spring, according to the decreasing or increasing amount of daylight in Finland? The past few days it has been so dark and gloomy in the mornings that the change is near. Winter is coming, as they…

Experience the five seasons in Haltia, part I

I got a wonderful opportunity to visit Haltia, the new Finnish Nature Centre, a few days before the grand opening. The kind people in Haltia invited a few bloggers to see how the place looks like yesterday 28 May. They are planning to open the place on Friday 31 May. The Centre is situated in…

Finnish winter at its best

Today it’s hard to remember we’ve lived in almost complete darkness for several months. This coincidental snapshot is perhaps the best winter picture I’ve ever taken. I love the light, blue sky, frozen reeds, and the dark branch that just happens to perfectly frame the shot. The light was so bright I hardly saw anything…

Springtime travel yearning

This time of year always makes me want to travel. March is the month of spring, even though in Finland it really isn’t. We’re getting more snow here and there, it’s freezing cold still, and yet, you can somehow smell the spring in the air. We see blue skies, feel the sun on our faces,…

Mathematics of sunshine

This is how much sunshine we have had lately. The picture kind of says it all. The past winter has been incredibly grey and dark, really, not only in my imagination. I saw this piece of comparative statistics on Suomen Kuvalehti weekly magazine today. The data is from the Finnish Meteorological Institute. As for us Finns being…

Coldest winter days so far

Yesterday was the coldest day in Southern Finland so far. Our meter showed 24 degrees below zero, but I think in the morning it was actually closer to 30. Despite beautiful bright skies and sunny weather, I stayed inside and warmed up the fireplace, watched too many movies to mention and in the evening relaxed…

Light blue moment

These were taken in a small town in Southern Finland, where I spent Christmas. It was 10am in the morning as I took the German Shepherd out for a walk. But it sure looks like it’s 4pm. When did I last see blue skies? Did we have a day or two now in December? Can’t…

Enter snow, exit darkness

This is what I woke up to today. Not a bad sight for Christmas Eve. It had been snowing at least 20 cm more in the night, and the snow just kept on coming. I sipped my morning coffee and felt happy. During the day, it started snowing like, well, pouring rain. I had to…