I had so many problems with loading the photos into the last post at least 4 attempts to have them in a gallery of my choosing. So I got frustrated and I’ve stayed away for four days. Let’s hope this post is easier. Suomenlinna is a lovely place to visit so I decided to share the joy with you – again .
Visited on of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions today. It has been years since I was here. The place has history Suomenlinna (Finnish; until 1918 Viapori), or Sveaborg , literal translation in Finnish is Castle of Finland inhabited sea fortress built on six islands and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg. The Swedish crown commenced the construction of the fortress in 1748 as protection against the Russian expansionism. This particular day it was packed with locals as well as tourist as the day was just lovely. Here is some background on the place.
Wow, an other post I have doe, but not posted. This is easy to to see where the photos are from.
This summer I saw for the first time a white mallard. I had to look twice to believe what I saw. I was happy to have my camera with me and not only the mobile. I rushed from the restaurant to the dock to take photos of this rare sighting, at least for me it was that. Have you come across one?
This post of animals is linked to CFFC
Anything that flies in B&W
These are photos I took of the Imatra Rapids before the flow started. The colors on the rock formation and reflection were lovely a joy to the eyes
We drove to Imatra in the afternoon our aim to see the Imatrankoski flow, (“The Imatra Rapid”) is a rapid on the Vuoksi River in Imatra. It has been a famous tourist attraction since the late 1700s. The Vuoksi River and Imatrankoski were born about 5,000 BP as the waters of the Saimaa Lake penetrated the Salpausselkä ridge due to post-glacial rebound, forming a river flowing into the Lake Ladoga.It is also one of the National landscapes of Finland. Since 1929 the rapid has been blocked by a dam . Today, the dam is opened daily between June and August at 6 PM with the music of Sibelius playing in the background. Not that you can hear it down stream where we wnnt to watch it. The raw power of the water is awesome.
Here are few random shots from Lake Saimaa. As I stated in the previous post it was raining so here are some artsy shots from the boat.
We spent a day in Eastern Finland at Lappeenranta and Imatra. In the few next post I will post few photos from those places. I will do them in chronicle order. It happened to be a cloudy and rainy day over there at home it was sunshine all day. Nonetheless we had a a nice day.
These are from lake Saimaa and the Mälkiä lock which is the first one it is the largest one with a drop of 12,4 meters.
The Saimaa Canal is a transportation canal that connects lake Saimaa with the Gulf of Finland near Vyborg, Russia. The canal was built from 1845 to 1856 and opened on 7 September 1856 (Old Style: 26 August 1856). It was overhauled and widened in 1963–1968.
Out time at summer cottage continues in warm and sunny weather. I love way this view change. These are taken in the afternoon , evening and night time the last on I took just now. The color and atmosphere is captivating at all times.
Yesterday driving back to out summer cottage on the last stretch of the way I took photos of the sunset on three different lakes. Iso kukkanen , pikku kukkanen and the last one was Salajärvi. To make the story short, it was a lovely and warm summer night.
In July the different shades of greens in the nature are so evident and beautiful. These are taken moments before sunset.
A near full moon in the country side as seen just before sunset
It was a quiet evening at the country side. I took a walk on an deserted road, no one but me and my cameras. These I took with my mobile.
I took a walk on the gravel road and picked summer flowers for my deck
Photos taken with my mobile, I am continuing with the food theme. This was our lunch/ dinner today at our summer house.
For this weeks CB&W challenge I am revisiting my Hong Kong photos from December. There are lots of lines in the building s over there
I was sitting in my backyard watching the clouds gather into the intense blue gray color. I took these just before the thunderstorm was above us.The temperature dropped three degrees in just s short while…got to love Finnish summer and the amazing 17 C degrees of warmth.
I had great visit to a cottage to see relatives visiting from Australia.