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Vallisaari is an island in front of Helsinki that opened up for public only week ago. I must admit that I am pretty impressed by the views! This is taken with my phone. Hopefully I got some good ones with my camera too :)

#helsinki #vallisaari #finland #landscape #seascape #iphoneography


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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Although this collection is for landscapes from 2016 I want to post this one from 2012 to celebrate the Earth Day.
I do feel that the climate change is one of the biggest problems in the world and one that concerns us all. As the somewhat positive outcome of Paris Climate Summit gives hope, that maybe we still can - as a human race - to be wise enough to put an end to it, one still can't help to think am I doing anything to stop it myself. 

Here in Finland we still are quite far from real problems caused by the climate change compared to many other places on earth. Here the biggest problem is that we don't seem to have proper winters anymore, and even that is for some only positive (and also widely debated if it actually has anything to do with climate change). Not all of us loves snow and freeze as much as I, it seems. Because of that it is sometime hard to see the bigger picture, although in general these questions are taken quite seriously in here, which I am happy about.

But what can I do other than recycle, ride my bike instead of using a car (which is easy since I don't own one), buy electricity that is produced by renewable energy sources and  try to consume ecologically and so forth. Not much I guess except to teach my daughter to take these things into account too. And donate a little for a good cause every now and then, like Trees For Earth https://donate.earthday.org/events/trees-for-earth/e76443

I'm so happy we still have plenty of trees and clean nature in here - and I'd like it to stay that way also for my great great grandchildren.

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay  

#earthday2016   #finland   #suomussalmi  

Find more information in here http://www.earthday.org

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In Future

And yet another one from the 6.1.2016 - the day of the great sea smoke.

#landscape #seascape #helsinki #finland #suomenlinna

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Missing the Blues

#landscape #seascape #helsinki #finland #suomenlinna

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Another b&w landscape from Suomenlinna.

It's been a wonderful January in here, but now the weatherman is saying it's going to be slush next week. Me no like!
Must make the most of this weekend :)

Have a great weekend you all!

#landscape #Helsinki #Finland #Winter


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In Dream

If you don't have anything to do this weekend, dream!

This is shot 6.1. on the way to Suomenlinna. That day we had most amazing sea smoke!

#landscape #seasmoke #helsinki #suomenlinna


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More winter views from Suomenlinna. This was taken last Sunday, three days later than the ones I posted earlier, but the scene is quit different. The sea is starting to freeze and it was snowing - and it hasn't really stopped since, so at least for now we are having a proper winter in Helsinki :)

This is a panorama shot handheld, merged out of 7 images (6 would have been enough tough)

#Finland #Helsinki #winter #panorama


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I <3 Winter

It looked pretty wintery is Suomelinna last Wednesday.

#Finland #Helsinki #winter


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Winter has finally arrived! We've got some good freeze also in southern Finland at the moment. And as the sea is still open and warm, we also got this amazing fog over it yesterday.
More to come... :)

#finland #helsinki #landscape


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