1. rq says

    A lot of red! We don’t see very much red, is this a northern effect?
    And I love how the green and the orange-red colours are so sharply defined in the first photo, even among branches on the same tree. Beautiful!

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you, all!

    Maple leafs can get quite red here when they get red. The colours in the first may be partly due to me cranking up saturation and contrast, because my phone tends to take slightly washed-out pictures in bright light conditions.

    Autumn 2016 wasn’t particularly good for ruska (autumn colours), but the trees in Linnunlaulu put on a good show in early October.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    The second picture shows the “dark secret” of Linnunlaulu: The railways (10 tracks) to the Central Railway Station of Helsinki go through a cut in the rock, it’s a part of the route of most of the long-distance trains in Finland and all of the regional trains of the Capital region.

    In the 1850s, when they first started building railways in Finland they had the choice of routing the railway around Linnunlaulu, on the much flatter western shore of Töölönlahti or through Linnunlaulu. However, the family of the technical director of the state railways had a villa on the shore of Töölönlahti, which would have been demolished if they had decided to use the longer, but flatter route. They’ve had to widen the gap multiple times, at first it was designed for two tracks.

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