Saturday, December 27, 2008

Finally some sunshine

Sunny wall, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Bubbles, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Two ways, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

It seems that we have a clouded week between days when the sun shows up. Today was a nice day, and even though there are only a few sunlight hours, we took advantage of them all by going for a walk in the Pirttimäki forests in Espoo.

The area is hilly and the forests are quite thick in many places, so the sun was not directly visible most of the time, but it was light anyway. There was not much snow, but at some places there was ice and packed snow still remaining. An excellent place for even a longer walk.

When we were leaving, a couple asked for directions to the Nuuksio national park. Well, you can walk there along the paths from Pirttimäki, or then you need to drive around a quite long way via the roads to the south. Nuuksio is a bit different place (and often much more populated by visitors) but certainly not a better place than Pirttimäki for a walk in the forests.


Anonymous said...

I like the pictures. Thanks for sharing that story.

Juha Haataja said...

Some time ago there was a story in a Finnish newspaper about the parking problems at Nuuksio - people go there by car to have a walk in the nature, and the roadsides are cluttered with cars. (The public transportation to Nuuksio does not work too well.)

We have avoided going to Nuuksio for that reason - although I know the place reasonable well - and also because there are good or even better places in more convenient locations, and less populated by visitors.

But Nuuksio is of course one of the nature wonders near Helsinki, and probably a good place to visit if you happen to be here. Hilly ancient forests are found also elsewhere, though.