Post-midsummer.

Blogroll, Finland, Traveling

It’s pouring outside and I’m sitting here in my room, sipping hot tea, diving into graphology, ordering accessories and enjoying a calm me-time. Oh and of course I’m again late with my pictures – this a pic per day thing is not going that great. I’m sorry, my faithful readers, I shall improve this sloppery!

So, Midsummer, the best smelling (tar, smoke, wood and diverse flowers) and lightest time of the year is over. Sob. It was great though, I got to enjoy my birthday treat and we visited the Söderskär archipelago a few miles south of Porvoo: a group of several tiny islands, millions of nesting birds and an old light-house. I’m enjoying the sea with every such trip…

… and this is what stuck the most from the trip and from the entire Midsummer: the fog. It was magical though! (yet not capturable)

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Let’s start with a few shots from the night before Midsummer. This was taken at about 10pm, check out the light – and the massively angry seagulls.

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*KRAAAAAGH!*

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Now back to Söderskär and fog and mist and a massive fail re: camera settings. Argh!

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The vegetation was limited to a few trees and numerous bunches of chives… nom!

And of course we explored the lighthouse! (not currently in use, sadly)

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Utö. The place of transition.

Blogroll, Finland, Traveling

Utö is the southernmost inhabited point in Finland – a small island of just under 1km2, reachable by (free of cost) ferry from Turku’s archipelago. In the past, some pretty large ships capsized in Utö’s vicinity and the locals have always bravely helped. And also it is where Finlands oldest lighthouse is located. And some meteorological and military establishments. And a tiny school and the cutest K-market in Finland.

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The nature is breath-taking, the life pace is peaceful and very calming. It is a true place of transition – archipelago ecosystems, proximity to continental Europe, the obvious importance of the sea and sea traffic to the island, changeable weather. A perfect place to make decisions or celebrate rites of passage.

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I felt truly in peace and energized after visiting, and I’m still kind of absorbing the whole trip, days after. Hardly I will ever forget the colours and tranquility…