monkey business in Finland

… And we're back! It's the last moments of the last day of my holiday and I'm going to spend some time sharing some of the great time I had in Finland with you. I spent my time well with family and friends, saw two wonderful people get married, sampled a lot of local treats and drinks (my poor liver), spent loads of time in sauna, relaxed, shared old memories with friends and family, made some new ones, held the happiest baby in the world in my arms and came back to London rested, but somewhat tired. All and all the past two weeks have been wonderful.

The only time, besides the wedding, I took any photos on purpose was on Monday 23rd July when I went to the Helsinki Zoo Korkeasaari with my family. It's been good 20 years since I've been there, so it was a quite sweet day out.

Other families were having a great day out too, but not having much luck trying to decide which way to go next. The Helsinki Zoo is located on an island just outside the city centre. These kinds of rocks are typical of the Finnish landscape, especially by the lakes and the sea. We went to have a nice cup of coffee up by that table on the right soon after this family made their way to the bears.

People were dressed appropriately for the trip to the zoo.
I hadn't made this much effort, unfortunately. :D

The zoo and the surrounding areas are a great place for the kids. They have really thought about how to keep all ages happy whilst visiting the zoo. These animals on the side of the path to the main zoo from the car park were popular attractions as you can see.

Another great attraction are the peacocks wandering around the zoo grounds. They are very tame and gentle and nothing like the geese which have taken over a part of the island and created a bit of a problem to control this summer. I experienced this first hand when one of them thought my toes were really tasty and gave them a nice little bite. Ouch.
(I just love that little boy wearing the same blue and green as the peacock in the bottom photo!)

It was great trying to capture the amazement on the childrens faces when they saw and experienced something new first hand. My sister told me she had a good giggle by the lizards when one of the iguanas was having a lovely nap and not moving and one little boy started to complain to his dad that the lizard is "not working". As in as an electronic toy wouldn't when it was broken. :D

The adults seemed to be easier to entertain. I thought this was a rather funny view, but I'm only being clever. What they actually see are the baboons, but from my point of view it looked like they were fascinated by pidgeons. ;-)

The excitement was quite catchy actually. We all waited for the two grey seals to make an appreance for a long time, but they seemed to wait for enough people to assemble before they'd make the effort. When they did appear to the large crowd they swam really close to everyone, showed off properly and made everyone really excited. Yes, even me. :D

If I'd have to sum my holiday up with one word or photograph it would look and sound something like this:

I really had an amazing time, but it's great to be back to London. Maybe not so great going back to work tomorrow morning, but the -2 hour time difference between Finland and UK is working to my benefit in that case. I've noticed that I've taken a bit of a holiday from photography during this summer too, even though it's been rather unconscious. And I can't believe it's August next week… Talk about time flying.

Thank you once again to everyone at VOX and Soura for the features, and to all you readers for your kind words and support. It always surprises me how people enjoy viewing and reading my blog. Which has made me think that it's time for me to make more of a conscious effort to get on the streets of London to share my city with you again.

Until next time, be well all!

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4 Comments on “monkey business in Finland”

  1. Alex says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! What a great job you did in capturing the excitement of the zoo. Those peacocks were pretty cool.

  2. annaliisa says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos from the zoo! I have not been there since I was a child, and I want to go back. Last time I was in Finland, it was icy and snowy, and all I could do was point to the island and tell my husband about what it was like when I was a little kid. I hope we can go back to Finland in 2008.

  3. Jane says:

    I love your photos so much. I wish I could see things like you do.

  4. Crush-Monkey says:

    awesome photos! They are all great…but my fave is 'wonder'!

    : )

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