Harakka in Autumn: Chapter 5

It’s time to take a walk again with Ice Swimmer who’s here with the next chapter in his series.

Chapter 5 – Sunday in the West of Harakka

Railing and Autumn Colours ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

A look back north to the path that goes to the western cliffs. The Artists’ Building is in the right behind the earthworks.

Strawberry Leaves ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

Strawberry is very common on the island.

Uunisaari and the Marina in Merisatama ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

Uunisaari is the island on the right. Between it, the breakwater and islands Sirpalesaari and Liuskasaari and the mainland is the Merisatama marina.

A More Safe Future? ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

It seems they are going to extend the railing seen above further south.

An Island of Moss ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

A Broader View ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

The island of moss on the rock is quite similar in shape to Harakka.

Wind Powered ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

There is usually some wind on the sea and on the shores.

Watched by Three Birches ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

They see it all.

Path Marked with White Triangles ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

How do you know you’re on the path? Just follow the white triangles. This and the previous picture were looks back. In the next installment is a little interlude, but after that we will see what’s ahead. The wind power picture as well as this picture give some hints on that.

Harakka in Autumn- Chapter 4 (link to previous post)


  1. voyager says

    I love the progression of the last 3 photos. Such beautiful light and the shift from muted grey stone to bright beige rocks and back to muted grey stone again is nice. The first photo is my favourite, though. I love fences and railings. :)

  2. avalus says

    I am with Charly. Its like a tiny garden. I love such patches of lush green between rocks.

    The last photo is also really beautiful.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you, all!

    The sharp spire in many of the pictures is the spire of the Mikael Agricola Church, built in 1930s. Mikael Agricola (1510-1557, was a son of a farmer so he took Agricola, farmer in Latin, as his last name) was the first Lutheran bishop of Finland and he created the first writing system for Finnish, based on the dialects spoken around Turku (the see was located there) in Finland Proper. Agricola’s orthography is somewhat difficult to read for a modern Finnish reader. The writing system was made simpler and the standard of the language was made into a compromise between Eastern and Western Dialects in the 19th century.

  4. Nightjar says

    This time I can’t pick a favourite. The first one is gorgeous with its golden light and the shadows, the second one is familiar and makes me very happy because I love wild strawberries, the island of moss is just wonderful and every photo showing rocks, trees and the sea makes me want to be there. What a beautiful place.

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you, Nightjar.

    One thing that these photos don’t show very well is how steep are the rocks by the sea, especially near the strait between Harakka and Uunisaari, Uuninsuu (Uunisaari means Oven Island and Uuninsuu would be Oven’s Mouth).

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