Another Wednesday slipped by and The Daily Post published this week’s topic for their weekly photo challenge: Heritage.
As some of my regular readers might know, I live in Helsinki, Finland. When I think of heritage in a local sense, the first thing that comes to mind is the Finnish forest. To be honest, the forest has never been a part of my personal history or heritage, as an (adult) third culture child.
But to most Finns (and by most I really mean all Finns), the forest has a special meaning, they feel a connection to it. It’s as Finnish as the sauna is. (By the way, Suvi from the blog mrssuvi.com just wrote an excellent piece on Finnish sauna etiquette, if you want to have a look!)
On the rather rare occasion that I do visit a forest, it’ll most probably be one in Helsinki or near Helsinki. It’s nice that we still have green areas in the capital and believe it or not, sometimes you can’t even hear any city sounds, just birds chirping. The air feels fresher and cleaner, and I love the different shades of green everywhere. Visiting a forest can be very relaxing and I love the peace and quiet.
How you can tell that I wasn’t raised spending time in the forest, though, is that I can’t help wondering about the ticks. There are more and more each year, and some of them spread nasty diseases. Most Finns don’t seem to mind, since they feel at home in the forest and know how to act once they’re there. I guess you could compare it to visiting the beach: I love the feel of sand between my toes and don’t mind if a little sand gets carried indoors with me in my clothes and hair after a lovely beach day… but I know several Finns who can’t stand it!
For me, forest outings are great photo opportunities, and I’ve already done several posts with forest photos. Click the “related” posts on my site to discover more forest photography or just click here!
Some photos from a past summer
PS. If you’re not a WordPress blogger, you might be wondering what these photo challenges are. It’s a link-up, where you can go ahead and add your interpretation of the theme and discover other participants’ posts.
I might add that once you start doing these, it quickly becomes addictive – the urge to check out the new theme each week is irresistible. Then your mind starts thinking about what you would post if you participated… before you know it, you’ve added your link, again!