I know in many places spring is already in full bloom, but here in Finland, almost at the Arctic Circle, we’re a little behind. Usually this time of the year is quite difficult for me because I’d wish for Nordic nature to speed up and catch up with the rest of the world. I wish for the summer to be longer than a month (when we’re lucky), so that we could enjoy all those outdoor activities we like to do in the summer, even if that would just mean having a picnic in the open air and reading a book with the sun warming your skin.
Nonetheless, the other day I made a video call with my dad and showed him the big chunks of ice floating away and melting and he made me realize that’s something quite unique to witness. So then I started pondering over the fact that we’re lucky to be able to enjoy what for many is a very exotic sight, meaning the melting sea ice. For many it’s rare to have seen the snow, rarer to have seen a snowy beach, and even rarer to have seen a frozen sea. That made me want to share with you a few shots taken from a lighthouse a 5 minutes walk away from where we live.
Sometimes all we need is a change of perspective to start and enjoy the little things we have that we’ve maybe given for granted, I’m sure many of you would agree with me.
I was thinking about my Italian friends and relatives that can finally go out and have a walk after 55 days of lockdown. Enjoy the walk, smell the flowers, close your eyes and listen to the birds chirping! Soak it all in. And don’t worry! Birch branches are full of buds, so it looks like spring is coming up here too after all.