No wind – the lake lies quiet, surronded by woods. The sun sets – and the sunset is mirrored in the lake. And when the sun sets in Finland, it often sets for quite a long time. In the north sunsets can go on for hours and hours – especially around midsummer you can basically enjoy a colorful sunset almost for half the night.
On a day without almost any wind the lake is mirroring the passing clouds nearly perfectly. In the center of the photo you can see the small island a bunch of seagulls fights for every other day. The island seems to be quite a popular spot for the night – a safe place where basically no enemy can come close without prior notice.
Hanko is one of the few places in Finland where you can actually hang on a proper beach. In the center of this Panorama picture you can see parts of the Port of Hanko where rather large ships load and unload goods basically all day and all of the night.
So while people are working nearby basically 24/7 you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon starring at the open sea, watching ships come and go every now and then, maneuvering between the small islands you see near the Port of Hanko.
View to the open sea on a windy, almost stormy day. Hanko is basically a peninsular. This photo was taken on the west coast of the Hanko peninsular.
A rock by the sea near Tammisaari / Ekenäs. Why i took this picture? The rock has a few details that i found quite fascinating. First you can see how the rock was basically formed or even folded. In the middle of the picture you can see such a fold. And then there are the scratches the glaciers applied to the rock when they moved south. You can see such scratches or sanding marks on rocks literally everywhere across Finland.
Well – and in the background you can see sun setting and the Baltic Sea – which is always a nice photo opportunity. And there is even a small beach, which is rather rare in Finland.
Here’s a closeup of a glacial bedrock with its scratches and the fold near Tammisaari, Finland. The straight scratches were formed by rock fragments being dragged across the finish landscape by glaciers.
A close-up photo of the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Uusimaa. The photo was taken from the backside of the Cathedral – either from Pormestarinrinne or Rahapajankatu. (Now that I’m trying to figure out what street it actually was I have to learn that it’s hard to tell, because they basically meet right behind the Cathedral.)
A front view of Viking cruiseferry Cinderella arriving at Stockholm. In the background you see the skyline of Stockholm’s city center as seen from the Viking ferry terminal in Stadsgården.
The Viking cruiseferry Cinderella arriving in Stockholm. In the background you can see parts of Stockholm’s popular amusement park Gröna Lund, founded in 1883.
Sunset at Mauerpark – the sunlight is reflecting in this graffiti on the graffiti wall in Mauerpark. The wall is not the Berlin Wall – but it was actually part of the border installations. So back in the days when Berlin was separated there was no way to get even close to this wall. Today it is open to the public – everybody is allowed to add her/his art piece to the collection. But please, when you’re done, don’t forget take your trash with you.
The fountain in front of the Orangery Palace at Sanssouci Park Potsdam is a popular photo opportunity – which makes it a bit difficult to take a photo here. There is basicalyy always somebody or some couple posing in front of you. But – when taking pictures one should probably not complain about people taking pictures.