Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘nature’

On my recent visit to Helsinki lovely friends took me to Lake Tuusula, about 30 minutes from Helsinki.

We visited the house of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. (1865 – 1933). He was famous for his Finnish landscapes and people in Realist style.

His beautiful wooden house sits by the edge of the lake. The position provided him with perfect inspiration for his art. He designed the house himself with his brother Antti and called it Halosenniemi.

I wish I could show you the inside of the house but there was a strict, no photo rule. Instead come for a walk around the outside. It was a bleak autumn day on our visit, but the garden and the views from it are enchanting. I must return in spring.

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen i

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen

Halonen’s studio was opened for the first time to the public in the 1950s. Tickets cost €8 and is open Tuesday – Sunday. The house is stunning and it is a wonderful insight into the life of the artist.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

I spotted the white duck last year when I was in Helsinki in winter. I am pleased to say that the duck is still in the water at Toolonlahti and doing well and fitting in with the others.

white duck Helsinki

white duck Helsinki

White duck Helsinki

White duck Helsinki

People leave food for the ducks to get them through the winter.

Helsinki ducks

I saw a duck friend on my walk around Toolonlahti. The ducks ran to meet her and were happy with her offerings.

Helsinki ducks

Helsinki ducks

It seems a few ducks have learned that it OK to stay behind for the winter.

Read Full Post »

It was a beautiful winter day in Helsinki yesterday. I came upon some lovely ducks enjoying the winter sun on my walk around Toolonlahti.

Ducks at Toolonlahti

Ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks T Toolonlahti

I don’t suppose the warm weather will last too long…enjoy it while you can.

Read Full Post »

We travelled north of Helsinki in the depths of winter to Saariselka in Finnish Lapland. I loved the snowy trees.

20140324-032900.jpg

20140324-032915.jpg

20140324-032930.jpg

20140324-032955.jpg Saariselka trees

20140324-033012.jpg

20140324-033036.jpg

20140324-033051.jpg

20140324-033124.jpg

20140324-040401.jpg

20140324-040440.jpg

20140324-040419.jpg

20140324-040503.jpg

20140324-040521.jpg

20140324-040537.jpg

20140324-040559.jpgSaariselka trees

20140324-040614.jpg

20140324-040632.jpg

20140324-040648.jpg

20140324-040704.jpgSaariselka trees

20140324-040724.jpg

20140324-040738.jpg

20140324-040801.jpg

20140324-040818.jpg

20140324-040839.jpg

 

Click here, here, here and here to see more of gorgeous Saariselka.

 

Read Full Post »

When I was in Helsinki in late December the whooper swan families were still swimming in the water at Toolonlahti. The young swans were beginning to grow their white feathers.

20140104-073413.jpg

20140104-073436.jpg

20140104-073512.jpg

20140104-073558.jpg

Soon they will look like their beautiful parents.

20140104-073726.jpg

20140104-073814.jpg

20140104-073850.jpg

20140104-073905.jpg

For more on these magnificent birds click here.

Read Full Post »

White on white

I came upon these beautiful birds in the snow when we were in the north of Finland at Saariselka. I almost passed them as they were very well camouflaged.

20131228-111737.jpg

20131228-111755.jpg

20131228-111809.jpg

20131228-111825.jpg

20131228-111855.jpg

20131228-111914.jpg

20131228-111934.jpg

20131228-112006.jpg

They look remarkably like our snowman.

20131228-112037.jpg

For more on our northern adventure click here, here, here, here, and here.

Read Full Post »

Even though it wasn’t very warm on my last stop in Helsinki there were lots of gorgeous summer plants to see around the city.

20120625-101830.jpg

20120625-101859.jpg

20120625-101917.jpg

20120625-101932.jpg

20120625-101945.jpg

20120625-102012.jpg

20120625-102033.jpg

20120625-102105.jpg

20120625-102122.jpg

20120625-102143.jpg

20120625-102213.jpg

20120625-102232.jpg

20120625-102255.jpg

20120625-102319.jpg

20120625-102337.jpg

20120625-102410.jpg

20120625-102427.jpg

20120625-102511.jpg

20120625-102531.jpg

20120625-102559.jpg

20120625-102620.jpg

20120625-102646.jpg

20120625-102703.jpg

20120625-102723.jpg

20120625-102742.jpg

20120625-102758.jpg

20120626-063236.jpg

20120626-063251.jpg

20120626-063309.jpg

I hope there are some left when I go back in a few weeks.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »