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Here are some of my favorite photos. I'll try to add one every day.

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Turku like many cities in Finland used to be dependent on industry for its economy to roll. Cities In Finland, Industrial, Sunset, City, Sunsets, City Drawing, Cities

Photo of the Day #105: Sunset Industry

Turku like many cities in Finland used to be dependent on industry for its economy to roll. Gradually as the country has modernized, so has the landscape of the old industrial areas. This photo shows three ages at once: the old era of the wooden ships, then the cargo cranes and finally the spanking new residential buildings representing the new knowledge economy. So in the end I'm not sure we should be sad about the changes, but I sure am glad that there are still signs of the past.

The river Aurajoki (or the Aura river) runs through Turku. In Turku they define thing by saying "on the other side of the river" (or tois. Muddy Waters, The Other Side, Day

Photo of the Day #101: Muddy Waters

The river Aurajoki (or the Aura river) runs through Turku. In Turku they define thing by saying "on the other side of the river" (or toispuol jokkee), which refers to the Aurajoki, but apparently they've never decided which side is this side and which is the other side. Well at least the water seems very turbid, with a lot of humus (i.e. organic matter -apparently there isn't too much silt in the Finnish waters to cause turbidity). With the sun shining low and passing through a layer of…

Photo of the Day I'll Jump -Don't Try to Stop Me

Photo of the Day #94: I'll Jump -Don't Try to Stop Me

We had a lovely balcony garden at our home in Pau. The balcony itself was a crude construction: one meters by eight meters of pale yellow concrete. Our way to mask the crudeness was to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables (eggplants and tomatoes) on every available square meter. The plants were soon crawling with all manner of critters, such as aphids, spiders, lady bugs and grasshoppers like this fellow here. The larger insects were okay, but the aphids and other small critters did their best…

We were in Hanko last June and saw plenty of boats. The southern tip of continental Finland is quite unique by Finnish standards, as you .

Photo of the Day #111: Sail Away

We were in Hanko last June and saw plenty of boats. The southern tip of continental Finland is quite unique by Finnish standards, as you can actually see the sea fully opening up, whereas the other coastal cities are either deep inside bays and/or blocked by myriad islands. Well in this picture you can't really see the sea, but you can definitely sense the anticipation of a voyage.

Photo of the Day A Wave of a Tree

Photo of the Day #110: A Wave of a Tree

Just like yesterday's photo, this was shot in Villa Elfvik as well. I guess the picture speaks for itself: a bare wavy trunk of a tree reaching up to the sky just looks cool.

I was visiting Villa Elfvik in Espoo last summer. It is a piece of the old Espoo in the middle of the highly urbanized city. Espoo doesn'.

Photo of the Day #109: A Window in the Woods

I was visiting Villa Elfvik in Espoo last summer. It is a piece of the old Espoo in the middle of the highly urbanized city. Espoo doesn't seem to have many old places at first glance, but it actually has a centuries long history and was especially influential for the Finnish artists of the romantic era. Built in 1904 Villa Elfvik isn't really especially old for espoo, but it portrays the past in a concrete way. This window isn't actually of the main building, but of a boat shed some…

Photo of the Day Peace and Superstar

Photo of the Day #108: Peace and Superstar

Today's photo is a sister of the last photo of the day. This time there is no ambiguity on what the ring is for. If you look closely you can find both a peace sign and a superstar, and no we're not talking of Bono or Bob Geldof.

Photo of the Day Pods Galore

Photo of the Day #107: Pods Galore

Today's photo is of a very familiar sight to anyone who has used the ferries crisscrossing the Baltic sea. These containers (or pods?) obviously obviously have something to do with the safety on board, but looking at the picture, I just realized I don't exactly know what they are. They could be an inconvenient lifeboat, but considering that there is no opening and as it looks very easy to capsize, I'm not so sure. Of course they could contain emergency supplies, but then again the coast is…

This is the sister piece of the previous photo, shot two hours after and more in the center of Turku. The Aura River definitely holds a s. Dusk, New York Skyline, River, Rivers

Photo of the Day #106: Aura River at Dusk

This is the sister piece of the previous photo, shot two hours after and more in the center of Turku. The Aura River definitely holds a similar place in the hearts of those who live in Turku as the Tammerkoski rapid does for the people of Tampere. Not bad.

Photo of the Day A Shack with no Amenities

Photo of the Day #104: A Shack with no Amenities

Following on the Kakola theme, this shack is located right next to the castle-like prison. It must have served as some kind of a monitoring spot or suchlike. From the look of it, it hasn't been in it's proper use in a long time, but from the towel (?) hanging from the window it might have acted as a shelter for some poor soul quite recently. Everything in this picture tells of desolation, ruin and hopelessness. Still the picture is beautiful in another odd way.

Photo of the Day Barbed Beauty

Photo of the Day #103: Barbed Beauty

The Kakola prison, already mentioned a couple of days ago is an imposing structure. The prison is made from the granite of the hill it was built upon, making it almost grow out of the hill. A quick Wikipedia search says that it was designed by Ernst Lohrmann in the Round-arch style (Rundbogenstil). It is quite amazing how such a beautiful structure could have housed so many people yearning to get out. Of course the walls and the barbed wire diminish the beauty somewhat, but then again they…

Photo of the Day A Gas Ball and a Cylinder

Photo of the Day #102: A Gas Ball and a Cylinder

I didn't exactly know what a gas bell was, before I saw these structures in Turku and had to look up what they were. Apparently when one uses gas for energy, there needs to be a storage facility for the gas, especially for the consumption peaks. The cylinder is the main tank and the ball is the spare tank for those extra demanding times, such as Christmas. Well Turku isn't powered by gas anymore, so they've re-purposed the building to act as a heat battery for the district heating. Anyhow I…

We were in Turku a few days ago, after quite a while, seeing how the previous capital of Finland fares. The Kakola prison used to be qu.

Photo of the Day #100: Big Brother Ain't Watching No More

We were in Turku a few days ago, after quite a while, seeing how the previous capital of Finland fares. The Kakola prison used to be quite notorious for including a psychiatric prison with the weirdest cases being sent there. The prison moved away from its previous location at the Kakola hill, leaving most of the protected structures waiting to find other use. This old security camera with its cord dangling in the air is a reminder that nobody is watching you at the Kakola hills anymore.

This is the third photo of the day with tracks. The first tracks were regular train tracks , the second were tramway tracks , but this th. Train Tracks, Railroad Tracks, Day

Photo of the Day #99: Straight Tracks, Diagonal Horizon

This is the third photo of the day with tracks. The first tracks were regular train tracks, the second were tramway tracks, but this third photo is of something much more exotic: mountain train tracks. Apparently since the French are too lazy to walk any significant distance they tend to build small railways even on mountains. These tracks, which look quite worn, were actually operational, with a small choo choo lugging tourists to see the mountain. In my opinion its much nicer to actually…

The last photo of the balloon series is appropriately flying into the sunset. An amazing remark is that this is actually a handheld HDR p. The Balloon, Golf Courses, Sunset, Amazing, Day, Sunsets

Photo of the Day #98: Flying into the Sunset

The last photo of the balloon series is appropriately flying into the sunset. An amazing remark is that this is actually a handheld HDR photo with a nine yearold Canon 5D (released in 2005). I just set a bracketing exposure series and voila: the only two item thats moved between the exposures were my balloon and the balloon in the photo. A simple auto alignment of the three exposures and choosing of the best exposure for the balloon enabled this ultra contrasty back lit shot. Probably way…

There are several ways in which hot air balloons offer a unique flying experience over the more common means of flying. Hot Air Balloon, Balloons, Fruit, Day, Globes, Balloon, Hot Air Balloons

Photo of the Day #97: Low Flying

There are several ways in which hot air balloons offer a unique flying experience over the more common means of flying. One of them is the ability to fly low. It seemed that it is just up to (or down to) the daring of the pilot how close to the treetops the balloon went... and it went close. For us the closest was while we were descending onto a field right next to a small wood. It seemed that there were only a couple of meters (if that) between us and the treetops. Well we managed to clear…