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When it is winter in Finland you don’t get to see the sun very often – even in southern Finland.  When it does come out from behind the clouds, you can’t help but take notice of it.

Sun in the Finnish WinterOn the day I took these pictures it was the quintessential Finnish winter day – cold, but not frigid around -16 C/3 F.  It was living in a postcard – if that makes any sense at all.

Sun in the Finnish Winter It was around 10:30 in the morning.  The sun was climbing, but it wouldn’t climb much higher.  This was the end of December, so it wasn’t light out for more than about six hours in the day.

Sun in the Finnish WinterBut everything looked absolutely beautiful.  The snow has that effect.  It gives everything a purifying effect.  When it falls, it is fresh.  It’s like a frozen baptism for the land.

Sun in the Finnish WinterThe snow highlights the edges and lines of everything.  You lose what’s inside the lines, but so often we focus so much attention on what’s inside the lines, that the lines get lost.  The detail of the lines and boundaries are what, I think, makes the snow and its effects so interesting.