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Sounds of rocks


Photos are from the Isle of Jurmo in July 2012. Isle of Jurmo is one of the most enchanting places in the Archipelago Sea in Finland. Elongated island is like a rocky park in memory of the ice age. Different sized, shaped and colored rocks dominate this island, and vast heather fields and open treeless views resemble arctic landscapes of Finnish Lapland. It was fun to notice how the different sized rocks made different sounds when you walked on them. Rumble, rattle, rustle and rasp. Depending on the size of the rocks.

Always same – always different

Calm weather at the Archipelago Sea
Calm weather at the Archipelago Sea, Finland.

Passing by a familiar landscape can be tedious. Landscape that has lost its novelty long ago can be easily ignored. But sometimes even the familiar landscape will surprise you, and it is most refreshing to find versatile changes from the scenery that is well-known.

In October last year, as we were on one of our last boat trips of that autumn at the Archipelago Sea, the weather calmed down suddenly below the Airisto. The sun began to shine bright and on the way we passed by a slowly rolling sailboat race and got to fully enjoy the most gentle autumn weather. We had passed by this landscape several times before, in all kinds of weather conditions, but this calm and sunny weather was still surprising.

Thousands of different nuances in the weather, light, season and time of the day shape the landscape and make the scenery different every time. It is inspiring to discover something new and surprising in a familiar landscape. Familiar landscape is always the same but never alike.

Sailboat race
Sailboat race in calm weather, Archipelago Sea, Finland.

Sunset with seagulls

Sunset is always unique. No two sunsets are alike. One of the most memorable sunset happened over a year ago when visiting the lovely island of Aspo in the Turku archipelago in Finland. Storm was approaching within few days. Wind was blowing and gaining strength. It made grilling outside impossible, although not without a try, and forced to enjoy supper inside the boat. And as the sun set, there were outstanding signs of oncoming weather. Sky turned to magnificent red, and dramatic clouds filled the horizon. Group of seagulls and terns filled the shore also watching and enjoying the dramatic sunset and amazing view.

If known better, there would have been a chance to pick up the signs and foresee the upcoming weather and change the plans and head back to harbor instead of still continuing further to the outer islands. But having said that, it would have also lead to miss the stunning sunsets before the storm and the extra day and visit to the island of Berghamn on the way back from the outer islands. The storm forced to take shelter, and the sheltered harbor in the cove of Berghamn was surely welcomed sight, and the dock filled quickly. It had been on the plans to visit the island the same summer so to some extent you could say it went as planned, although it would have been much more pleasant to travel in less stormy weather.

Photo above is from this summer. Wind was getting stronger, and the shore invited again to take a shelter and wait for the wind to calm down. By the evening wind had settled after all and the sea was calm again. Cranes sang in the distance, and yet another startling sunset was awaiting with seagulls in front of the bay. Serene sunset settled the wind, and the next day journey could continue in delightfully calm weather.