1. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank You!

    The first three were taken on Saturday, on the shore of Töölönlahti (Töölö bay) near a closed summer café. The bay must have frozen when the water level was a bit higher and as the water level went down, some rocks broke through the ice, resulting in ice on the rocks.

    Tha last one was taken on Wednesday from Hakaniemi over the strait Siltavuorensalmi. The buildings are in the Kruununhaka neighbourhood, which is the oldest part of Helsinki still standing and the ones on the hill in the left belong to the University of Helsinki (the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences).

    Hakaniemi means Pasture Peninsula (the actual peninsula was lost when they filled the straits between Siltasaari (Bridge Island) and mainland) and Kruununhaka Crown Pasture. Back when these area were on the edge of the town/city there were pastures there, a pasture for the artillery horses in a part of Kruununhaka and a pasture in the former peninsula. Siltavuorensalmi means Bridge Mountain Strait.

    rq @ 1

    My phone’s camera tends to produce washed-out colours. I take that as a license to crank up saturation and contrast up and brightness down. Sometimes to the point of overcompensation.

  2. says

    And I love the detail in the first shot, the intricacy of the ice, and whatever that mauve thing is clinging to the front of the rock on the right.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Caine @ 4

    That mauve thing is a mystery to me. Fossils are extremely rare here as the rocks are very old in Finland, a thousand million years old bedrock is considered young. There is very little sedimentic rock, some limestone and sandstone but the rest is either igneous or metamorphic rock that was originally igneous.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    Caine @ 3 & 4

    Thanks, I got lucky twice. The sky was special on Wednesday, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen the sky stripey like that.

    The intricate details of the ice may already have melted away as the frost is gone an there’s been some rain.

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