Finnish Lawn Ornaments.
Chilean Flamingos, Phoenicopterus chilensis, Korkeasaari (Helsinki Zoo).
Image: GrrlScientist, 20 November 2008 [larger view].
What have I done and seen so far in Helsinki? So far, I’ve;
- visited the Korkeasaari (Helsinki Zoo), where, among other things, I watched endangered Przewalski’s horses actively working at increasing their tiny population — and no, I did not photograph that, but it sure was tempting!
- met some of my host’s friends over beers .. many many beers …
- had beers on the SS Hyöky, oddest quaintest little boat-bar/museum I’ve ever visited (yes, I have lots of photographs that I plan to share with you soon)
- eaten dozens of delicious pastries and quiche — the Finns can really make fabulous pastries!
- Kansallismuseo (National Museum of Finland), and saw a really interesting exhibit of the history of Finland from prehistoric times through the present
- Sea Life Helsinki, where I watched lots of fishes (after eating a few smoked fishes myself)
- Hakaniemen Kauppahalli, where I bought, and then ate within a few minutes, sometihing like 500 grams of smoked fish — of course, I “forced” my host to also eat it along with me!
- Ataneum Hall Museum (the Finnish National Art Museum), where I saw lots of art I’ve never seen before by artists whom I’ve never heard of before — art that appears to have a strong Japanese influence, except that it doesn’t at all — why doesn’t the Met have a Finnish art show so these works can be exposed a larger audience?
- Gallen-Kallela Museum, which is kept in his very wonderful house — a house that completely entralled me
- Tuomiokirkko (Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral), where I photographed the largest pipe organ I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen plenty of them in my life. I hope to return to photograph this church a little more before I leave, and possibly to attend a service so I can hear that organ being played
Today, I will visit the Helsingin Luonnontieteellinen museo (Helsinki Natural History Museum), Kauppatori Helsingin, where I will photograph lots of dead fish, and Suomenlinna
And tomorrow, I will go birding in the area all day long, and the bird I most want to see is the
Steller’s White-tailed (Grey) Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus pelagicus albicilla, although I am happy to see anything.