Series of nine images - Click the orange Series icon under the image to view other images.
The title is from a Finnish TV series, which visits in interesting places in Finland, where the forests are hiding smaller or bigger nature wonders.
This series shows paths which I have found in the woods. They are often so small paths, that they do not exist in the maps. On the contrary to many bigger paths, which have been built for outdoor activities for citizens and are so wide that they could be driven by a car, these paths have been created by people walking in the woods and some of them are almost invisible.
The series photos:
1. The main photo shows a path in Fiskars Hill, which is a small nature reservation area at the tip of Espoo Bay. A joy of spring with wood anemones aligning the path.
2. Is this a path? Yes it is. This is also in Fiskars Hill, which is known for its big boulders on top of the hill. One can walk along this crooked path towards the southern part of the hill and sea. Location.
3. This path is hardly visible in the photo. It is rather close to our home. Location.
4. This path passes a glacial erratic in Hannusjärvi area, southern Espoo. Location.
5. This path is also close to our home. It goes through a grove of Larches. Location.
6. This path is on the hill leading to Kasavuori rocks in Soukka village, Espoo. Location.
7. This path is actually an old road forestry road built for big forestry machines. It is located in Nuuksio Lake Uplands. Location.
8. This path is from my early spring hike in Nuuksio Lake Uplands. The lakes were still partly iced and some snow and ice was also here and there. Location.
9. This path is a special place. It goes along a very narrow isthmus, which is only 15 meters wide at its narrowest point. It separates two lakes in Nuuksio National park, lakes Sarkkinen and Suolikas. This area is one of my favourite places in Nuuksio. Location.
Here is a Finnish song "I wander along forest paths" composed by Erkki Melartin to a poem of Eino Leino. ... listen ...
"I wander along forest paths
in my thoughts in a summer evening
add I am singing ..."
"Minä metsän polkuja kuljen
ja riemusta rintani paisuu
ja mä laulelen vain ..."
A wonderful series, I could visually - and also in the real - walk for days in the heart of the Finnish woodlands. I am sure you could hike for weeks, maybe similar to the Long Trail system with huts for overnight shelter. It must be easy to get lost, I would carry a compass. No wonder the North is famous for the orienteering sports. My boss loves this sports, he owns a house in Sweden. I like all the images, fascinating no. 4 with the stone, and also the one with the snow.
Here you show us really inviting photos - inviting to longer walks or hikes. This landscape around you seems to be multifaceted and these flooded with sunlight forests are wonderfully attractive. Thank you for the elaborate note with all these links showing the locations in map. In the series I like especially the photos, the places 3 and 5.
Greetings from today very rainy Germany!
This time last year I had never set foot in Finland and now I've been there 3 times and another visit is planned in May. I even know Espoo a little and enough to really enjoy your series that you present to us here.
So many paths in our lives, which one to take is a challenge, maybe the path less traveled to be by ourselves or maybe just go where the people go to join in the fun. As long as we go, whatever path is still better than to just sit at home. Lovely series of the beautiful forest and wilderness. Thanks for sharing.
This whole series is a delight; each image has an attractive path. In the main, the light and shadow, the path framed with flowers and the mossy rock all come together to make me long to walk the path. Some of my other favorites are: the ballet of light and shadow with the golden trees dancing between the green ones in #3. #4 feels like a hidden place, I expect to see a deer peeking from behind he mossy rock. #5 makes the anemones a focal point while chiaroscuro adds depth. In # 9, the glimpse of water on each side really documents the narrow peninsula .....and of course listening to erikki as I was viewing the images made things even more magical. Regards, Pat
Very nice series and I can almost feel the forest from your images. But, I see that you guys have not been raking the forest floor like you should. (just kidding) If you don't get the joke - our moron of a president was bad mouthing California's forest management and claimed that the Finns rake the floor of the forest on a regular basis to avoid forest fires and all of us know that is just moronic nonsense.
jwmunro (2018/12/08 16:23:34): Lasse - That is really good, "The Finnish Raking Season." Gave me the biggest chuckle this AM.
Have a good weekend.
Johnellelloo (2018/12/08 06:25:06): Thanks for your comments John. The raking episode has created a lots of fun here. This is one example of fun-