It’s time to go for a walk with Ice Swimmer in the latest chapter of his series.
Chapter 1 – Rocks in the South on Saturday
On Harakka, humans are supposed to be restricted to the roads, paths and other designated areas. On the rocks, stones or painted triangles mark the paths.
The spruce and the windmill are the same ones that were featured in the summer pictures, but this time we see them from east/southeast, from lower elevation.
The soil and water cracks on the rocks can support trees.
The buildings in the horizon are on Hernesaari (Pea Island), which used to be an island, but the strait between the island and mainland + other island was filled in the early 20th century and the place has been a port and industrial area, but it will be redeveloped as a residential area soon.
For research on the insect populations on the island there are these insect traps hanging from the trees. This one is in the patch of aspen forest between the rocks and the southeastern shore.
The bunker is nowadays used as an art exhibition space.
There is a bird watching shelter (Lintupiilo = Bird Hideout) on the shoreline next to the border of the closed area in the southern tip of Harakka.
The plaque states: “June 5th 1995 on the World Environment Day and the Year for Conservation in Europe, the nature preserves of the island of Harakka were protected by the power of the law.”
These kinds of rocks are quite common in Helsinki Peninsula.
The Suomelinna Sea Fortress is in the distance, blurred by the fog. There is a lot of “fine structure” in the archipelago, rocks, skerries, islet, islands and the shorelines can be quite twisty.
The light conditions were quite difficult on Saturday, so there aren’t many pictures taken that day. In the next part, we’ll revisit the top of the island.