When the temperatures drop, the sights get nicer.
Unlike Austria, Switzerland or even Norway, Finland is not known for its mountains. We do still have our fair share or hills, which play home to numerous ski resorts, big and small. I grew up 20 kilometers from a decent sized ski resort (on a Finland scale) and when I retired from the great sport of hockey (at least momentarily) around the age of 14, I switched to skiing. I mostly hung out with friends who were snowboarders and rather good at actually doing some tricks on the slopes. Now, I myself, have never been a dare devil, nor acrobatically gifted, for that matter, thus for me it was more natural to pick up a camera and start filming my friends. I used to film a lot, doing seasonal edits of the shenanigans that we did on and off the slopes with our friends. However, as I moved to Helsinki in 2009, I moved further away also from my friends and our home resort. I did still film our trips to lapland, but the amounts of moments caught on tape decreased steadily. I do still film snowboarding now and again, but I’ve really developed an interest for still photography, which is why I really enjoyed skiing with my friends this weekend, when visiting home, because I had the chance to also take a few spring pictures on the slopes. Mothernature treated us like royalty and the weather couldn’t have been better. The sun was shining, it was warm and this all was topped up with a few cold ones and a bonfire break here and there to roast a few sausages – it was great! My camera enjoyed the weather as well and I was able to grab a few nice pics (see below). Seeing that I nowadays mostly take pictures in a city setup, it was awesome to have the chance to take pictures with a snowy hill in the background – not to mention being able to spend the rare quality time with my old friends and enjoy a day at the resort, just like old times.
For someone who’s never been in Helsinki, or looked at pictures of the city online, it might come as a surprise that the tallest building in midtown HKI is a mere 15-16 floors,give or take. Now, I am not going to lecture you about it’s history, that you can find on Wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Torni). However, what I am going to do is simply share a couple of photos of the Nordic capital that is Helsinki. So, without further ado I give you a few glimpses over this lil’ ol’ town, which I took as I had a coffee up on top of the Hotel Torni in the rather nice Cafe Ateljee.