Photographer's Note

I had run errands in western Helsinki and on my way home I decided to visit Lauttasaari recreation area. The weather was sunny, windy and chilly. I did not have my camera with me, but I did not resist the urge to shoot a few photos with my mobile phone. :-) Here is one of them.

Lauttasaari is an island and neighbourhood of Western Helsinki, about 3 kilometres west of the city centre. With a population of 19000, Lauttasaari is primarily a residential area but also contains services, including several marinas and canoe clubs. Although close to the city centre, Lauttasaari is noted for its preserved forest areas and rocky outcrops.

The southernmost part of the island was in military use during the Russian rule in the 1800's. No real garrison was formed there, but ramparts and weapon stores were built into the area. After Finland became independent, the area was for some time in the use of Finnish army until the city of Helsinki bought it for a recreation area.

The Finnish name "Lauttasaari" means "Ferry Island". The island was connected to the centre of Helsinki by a steam ferry in 1918-1936. Since 1935 the island has been connected to main Helsinki by a bridge. The original bridge was way too narrow and has been replaced by a new one. Moreover another bridge passing the motorway traffic to the west was erected in 1965. You can see both bridges if you zoom out the map view.

The photo is taken from the southernmost point of the island. Direction is south-west. Many mute swans were staying around in the shallow waters.

PP: Adjusted highlights, shadows, levels and contrast.

Geocode: 60.144357,24.875922

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