Guest posts by Ice Swimmer
It was a hot afternoon just after Midsummer. I went to downtown Helsinki to take some photos.
In the first photo, you can see a jackdaw walking at the Market Square tram stop. I took the picture while waiting for the tram.
The second photo is an “aerial photo” of a family of mute swans, two adults,
and five little cygnets. I’m on the shore end of the pier, from which the boat to Harakka picks up passengers.
I think the leftmost cygnet has some Cladophora around the base of the neck, at least I’m hoping it’s that and not plastic (I noticed the green stuff when looking at the edited photo). The green algae, which has a Finnish name ahdinparta, beard (parta) of the old Finnish god of the sea Ahti, is rather ubiquitous in shallow waters here and there’s a lot of it on the underwater stones in the picture.
I took the boat to Harakka. The digitalis was in bloom and there were wild strawberries. It could be that when the Imperial Russian army was using the island before Finnish independence, they planted strawberries and other berries, as I’ve heard stories that it was their way to prevent the soldiers in fortress islands from having scurvy.
This red-leaved rose was growing in a forested area on Harakka. I like how simple and unpretentious it looks.
Most of Harakka is ruled by dinosaurs in the summer. This gull seemed to be above any ergonomic considerations.
My visit to Harakka was cut a bit short by the low battery charge level of my phone. I had neglected to take an emergency charger (“sähköpossu”/”electricity piggybank” as I like to call them) with me.
Having come back to the mainland from Harakka, I saw these crows on a sign (warning about the underwater cable AFAIR) on the pier. They were “singing”. There’s a Finnish saying “Äänellään se variskin laulaa.”, which could be translated as: “Even the crow will sing with its own voice.”
I did take more than these pictures on Harakka and there could be material for further posts.