This photo was taken on board of a ferry leaving Helsinki towards Tallinn. It was a sunny and warm summer day and passengers could be dressed very lightly, which is not always the case in a sea transport.
The ferry has just navigated though Kustaanmiekka strait. It is broad enough with good weather, but if a storm with wind direction from a not favourable direction, big vessels must wait on the sea side of the strait and wait for the wind to calm down enough. On the left of the strait is Suomenlinna Fortress Island. You can read more of it from a series three years earlier here.
The tower on the left is the tower of Suomenlinna church, which also is a lighthouse. Smaller lighthouses can be seen on both sides of the strait.
On the right of the strait is Vallisaari island, The island has some ponds, and it was first known for hundreds of years as a place where sailors could take fresh water. Some fortifications were built on the island, but while neighbouring Suomenlinna became the main sea fort for Helsinki, Vallisaari was a supply point where cattle was grazing and firewood was collected. After a period of military use the island has been open for public since 2016 and it is now a most diverse nature destination in the metropolitan area.
So much fun when a big ship like a ferry leaves the harbor navigating into the sea. Obviously it fascinates not only me and you but I can see a lot of folks standing outside watching the landscape passing by. You can clearly see where it went through, the tracks are visible the whole way. Excellent to have part of the ferry in the frame. Another very good image for the TOM. It is going to be a difficult choice :-)
What a glorious day! I do love ferries, while I have lots of images of ferry travel, the wake filling the narrow passage and the line of clouds on the horizon make your image very special. Sorry I didn't see this one before the end of the month, still I'm happy with my choice of the sturdy little boat encased it ice....it is more unique. Pat