V Is For Vår.


Vår is Swedish for the season spring. In the South Coast of Finland, spring can start in March or in April and end in late May. The first two pictures are taken from Ursininkallio in late March 2018. The sea ice had started to melt. Bays and areas shielded by islands were still frozen apart from places with strong currents. However, spring progresses haltingly and some areas already thawed would refreeze and then melt again.

The third photo was taken on the eastern shore of Laajalahti in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki about one year earlier than the first pictures. The bay Laajalahti was frozen, but the ice was porous, rotten ice. There was little snow left on the ground.

The fourth photo was taken in mid-May 2017 in the park Kaivopuisto in Helsinki. Many deciduous trees were still bare but there was already green grass for barnacle geese to eat.

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  1. Nightjar says

    I love that deep dark blue of the sea in the first picture so much! But they are all beautiful and with excellent light.

    The Swedish word for spring is very short, and I already think spring is short when compared with our primavera. Just out of curiosity, what are the other seasons called?

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you, avalus and Nightjar!

    Nightjar @ 2

    Seasons in Swedish are:

    spring = vår
    summer = sommar
    autumn = höst
    winter = vinter

    In Finnish they’re:

    spring = kevät
    summer = kesä
    autumn = syksy
    winter = talvi

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Oh, and vår in Swedish is also a possessive pronoun and in that case it means “our”.

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