It has been a fantastic autumn so far here in Finland. Warm, sunny, delightful. On the average about 5C warmer than usually at this time of the year. And it has been a regular cornucopia of pretty (albeit somewhat cliched) autumn photo opportunities.
My most frequent regret last week was the fact that I had to go to work every morning. The morning mists (well, fogs, to be exact) were stunning and I just had to drive through them 120km/h on a road on which stopping is not allowed. My heart just broke so many times.
Which is why I did another early morning shoot this past Saturday. Not as early as the previous one (because I was anticipating thick fog that would not dissolve until midday) and the location was less grand. On my way to the place I had in mind, I had to stop at one of my recent fave spots. A tiny, old bridge that can be shot from a more modern bridge right next to it. There were some lovely wisps of mist around, they created a slightly fairytale(ish) feel to the shot.
Once I got to the location I originally had in mind, there was no mist left to speak of and I had to do with shooting reflections rather than mythical, misty landscapes. Oh well, there’s beauty in reflections as well.
The colours of the autumn aren’t very red this year, because it’s been so warm and dry. The leaves are mostly turning yellow and brown, and they’ll fall before the night temperatures fall low enough for reds. I don’t mind it being warm, not at all, but I would really love some reds. But let’s face it, New England autumn colours cannot be found in SW Finland. Perhaps in a few isolated spots where maples can be found, but in general, our autumns are more yellowish than anything else. Things may be different up North in Lapland, but I’m not going to be able to go there when the colours are at their best. A little thing called a daytime job prevent me from dashing away for all sorts of wonderful photo travels.
So there. A few tastes of autumn around Turku, Finland.