Eager hiker

Eager hiker, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Our son Kaapo is here looking at a snow field when we are about to start our nice hike in the woods in late January. It was a very pleasant trek with our sons, Kaapo and Tiitus. The weather was so beautiful with great sunshine.

Poor barn has almost collapsed

Poor barn has almost collapsed, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I have photographed this barn every winter we have lived in our present house (from 2006) and every year it is bending down more and more. I think the next winter could be its last one which is a real pity because there are not so many barns left in our area.

Winter sun

Winter sun, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

So beautiful sunshine but not warming much yet, Days and nights have been very cold lately. We had even -32 degrees Celsius last Friday. Hopefully sunshine will have some warming rays in a month or so.

Ten years together

Ten years together, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Jenni and I have known each other ten years today. We decided to buy a “new” car for Jenni because she will go to work in the coming autumn and we thought that a better and safer car would be nice.

Playhouse behind the snow dune

I really think that we have got enough snow for this winter. But it is still so long way to go to the spring time. You see our sons’ playhouse in the pic and I have already once cleared out the snow from its roof.

We do not have any super heavy snow falls in Finland (not usually more than 20 cm in one fall) but as we have freezing temps constantly for five months the snow really accumulates.

It was a great sunshine!

It was a great sunshine!, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I had so much fun at our little hike. The sunshine was so phenomenal in the woods with warm colors (not a real warming effect though) and with all those beautiful shadows. This sunshine gave us a glimpse of spring even if we still have over two months to the spring time.

Kicksled parking

Kicksled parking, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I really liked this parking lot near our home! Kicksleds are very common at countryside here in Finland. In the above setting I really love the Finnish colors – blue and white.

You can have more info about kicksled from here.


Half-pipe, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

We are having our own “half-pipe” on our front yard steps. We have got lots of snow already this winter and there are at least two (or two and half) months winter left at the moment. So, in the end of March this half-pipe will be a huge one. Just take your snowboards out!