1. rq says

    Such clean lines in the flight shot! And the light in the first photo is wonderful. Evening or morning?

  2. says

    The birds are beautiful, but that rock is strange. Are those pink granite intrusions into basalt, It looks like pink granite intrusion into a rock of very similar hardness.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    rq @ 1

    Thank You! I’ve taken the photos mostly in the evening, I’m not really built for mornings. I got lucky with the flight shot, usually it’s all blurry and out of focus.

    The first, second and the fourth are taken in Kaivopuisto (Well Park, there used to be a spa there in the 19th century, aimed at wealthy St. Petersburgians, at the time when Czar Nikolay I had banned foreign travel), in Helsinki, on the southeastern tip of Helsinki peninsula. The third is from Hesperian puisto (Hesperia park), on the shore of Töölölahti, the small bay that goes right into the centre of Helsinki.

    In the first, on the leftmost island in the background (Länsi-Musta, part of the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress) the yellow buildings belong to the Naval Academy of Finland (Merisotakoulu, literally Sea Warfare School), the only active military site in Suomenlinna. The island to the left of it is Särkkä, also a part of the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Särkkä is used by a yacht club and there are restaurants there. Länsi-Musta and Särkkä can also be seen in the background of the last picture, in the upper right corner. The pier in the last one is used by the ferry boats that go to Särkkä.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    Charly @ 2

    Granite intrusions, yes, but I don’t think it’s basalt, more likely gneiss or slate from Svecofennian orogeny 2 -- 1,8 billion years ago. Those kinds granite intrusions are very common here in the south of Finland. I think the kind of rock that is a mixture of metamorphic and igneous rock is called migmatite. Basalt isn’t common in Finland, igneous rocks here are mostly plutonic, not volcanic.

  5. says

    Thanks for the reply. I would guess it is a slate then. Gneiss has bigger bands and since the granite granulation is visible on the photo, I would guess that gneiss stripes would be visible also.

    Very interesting rock formation. There must be some beautiful stones on that shoreline.

  6. Raucous Indignation says

    My local hummingbirds are making a mockery of my photography skills. Stationary objects make a mockery of my skills too sometimes, but the hummingbirds are really piling on.

  7. Ice Swimmer says

    Charly @ 5

    There are some places with incredibly squiggly, narrow intrusions, for example the island Uunisaari, which is a few islands west of Särkkä.

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