August 29, 2012

36 :: Window

Jaana: Something very traditional Finnish, pelargoniums on a windowsill of an old farmhouse at the Turkansaari Open-air Museum.

Kia: A typical dormer sash window at Castle Fraser.

August 26, 2012

35 :: Summer Bloomers

Jaana: Garden Lupines are a true sign of summer to me, and since they are almost done blooming now, it must mean that fall is on its way.

Kia: Dahlias are now bursting into bloom in gardens all over Scotland and will flourish nearly nonstop into autumn.

August 22, 2012

34 :: Now In Bloom

Jaana: Ox-eye Daisy is the provincial flower of Central Finland. Ours (Northern Ostrobothnia) would be Labrador Tea.

Kia: Colorful Painted Daisies will be in bloom all summer through autumn, till frost.

August 19, 2012

33 :: Woodland

Jaana: Finland is located in the northern coniferous zone a.k.a. the taiga. This is a very homely sight to me.

Kia: Pollok Country Park (Glasgow) has over 360 acres of woodland and open countryside within its boundaries. It's my favorite place to go for a relaxing walk.

August 15, 2012

32 :: Urban Summer

Jaana: Northern Dragonhead (I assume) growing in front of an old pulp mill silo.

Kia: The bright-red flowers of the Crocosmia plant bloom for several weeks in summer. It is commonly known as Montbretia here in the UK.

August 12, 2012

31 :: Boat

Jaana: Back in the days they used to transport tar via rivers in long wooden boats like this.

Kia: Low tide at Craignure on Isle of Mull.

August 8, 2012

30 :: Weeds

Jaana: One of the names that Fireweed goes by in Finland is rentunruusu, hobo's rose.

Kia: Meadows are now filled with flowering Fireweed, commonly known as Rosebay Willowherb here in Britain.

August 4, 2012

29 :: Heritage Architecture

Jaana: Suomenlinna is an inhabited maritime fortress located off the coast of Helsinki. It's been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, listed as a unique monument of military architecture.

Kia: The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a harmonious juxtaposition of two highly contrasting historic areas, medieval and neoclassical. They were inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

August 1, 2012

28 :: Coniferous Tree

Jaana: Scots Pine, the only pine native to northern Europe, is the dominant forest tree in Finland.

Kia: Monkey Puzzle Tree, a.k.a. Chile Pine, is popularly grown as ornamental tree in western Scotland.

From August on we'll be posting twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays.