I have today come across this blog named Cee’s Photography which features a new photo challenge every week. This week’s challenge is on “Isolated subjects” and when I read that, I immediately remembered this photo I have taken in Eastern Finland.
To throw in some context: Once you leave the beautiful Finnish capital of Helsinki, the scenery grows more isolated with each passing mile. The land here is dotted with hundreds of lakes, many of which are hidden in deep forests. Beyond that landscape, the roads will inevitably end at the rocky shore of the Gulf of Finland, basically because there aren’t too many other places they could lead to. You may chance upon a fisherman or two there, but it’s more likely that you’ll stay alone in the middle of a scenery that has been authored by time and nature.
In the short Finnish summers, the city population usually swarms out to spend time in their “mökkis” (which is one of the most beautifully arranged onomatopoetic words I have ever come across, by the way). Those are vacation homes, usually wooden and always located in a scenic setting. To me, these houses, left alone out there in the winter and spring months, are the images that come to mind when I think about Finland, never failing to wake the desire to visit the country again.