Forests, Forests, Mushrooms, Mushrooms and the Sea

Baltic sea, sailboat

Late afternoon on the Baltic Sea.

Something very beautiful about the rain in Europe is that it can be raining and you don’t see until you feel it, then you focus and the faint, tiny drops come into focus.  I suppose that must happen in other places, but it is something that we rarely if ever witness at home.  Finland, yes we did a workshop there, but what is foremost in my memories – the forest, the mushrooms, the archipelago – largest group of islands in the world, the rain, the Baltic sea and wet shoes that didn’t dry for three days.  It was magical.

It’s rare that a series of images can tell a story by themselves, but in this case I think that’s the case.  I was going to write something and turn the photos that follow and a description of the workshop into one post, but I think I will simply include nothing more than photos.

Of course, I will follow shortly with an account of our workshop that was all the more enriched by its setting on the edge of the sea.  For now, I’ll leave you with the magic of Finland.

And as you will notice, they’re all iPhone images again, I’m finding it what I would describe as the most appropriate device for the task of recording what we are seeing.  I have thought a lot about it these days and it’s place in photography, but rather than get into it here, I found an article that says most of what I want to say and perhaps better.  It’s by a photojournalist who did a story for the New York Times only using the iPhone, here’s the link –

After all, this is about Finland and then I must follow with an account of the excellent workshop we had there.

Baltic Sea, rocks on coast

Coast line on one of the islands - Baltic Sea

Reed beds, route to see, Finland, Baltic Sea

Leaving the dock, passing through the water reeds en route to one of the Baltic Sea islands.

Rocks on the Baltic Sea coast

Colored rock pattern along the beach.

Finland forest.

A glimpse into the forests of Finland.

Mushrooms in the forest

One of many, many mushroom photos taken in the course of a short 3 hour walk.

Forest mushrooms Finland

Some of the many, not only beautiful, but edible mushrooms.

Chanterelle mushroom

Favored by many locals, the exquisite and delicious Chantarelle mushroom.

rocks, moss

Sometimes it is difficult to find the ground for the abundance of lichens, moss, ferns.

Forest outhouse

No caption needed.

Baltic Sea dawn.

Dawn on the Baltic sea from our workshop site.

Clouds on the Baltic sea

Afternoon clouds on the sea.

Small boat near Helsinki

Setting sun outside of Helsinki.

Baltic sea sunrise.

Quiet beginning to another day.






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