Pirttimäki outdoor recreational area is an great outdoors area in Espoo. It has 20 kilometers of marked trails plus numerous smaller paths zigzagging the area. On September weekend there were quite many people, others hiking or cycling, others strolling with their baskets and rubber boots, hunting for mushrooms.
The main paths are quite wide and well marked.
For those planning to visit Sulalampi, this is all there is left of the hut unfortunately.
No wonder the Hynkänlampi fire site is quite popular.
It’s Kupilka and cocoa time!
The trail post to potholes.
A pothole near Sorlampi.
A path on cliffy side near Bredmalmen.
The best trails are the small ones.
The protected part of the Pirttimäki area.
Do no pass this cafe! A nice place to relax after your hiking day. The cafe is open every day.
A lively brimstone caught my eye one early afternoon by the lake. This quick flier took me some time to get a decent picture of it. Encouraged by this I went for a walk to see some other neighbors of the summer cottage. I did not have to go far, just 50 meters along the cottage road where I found a lot of them. Because of the sunny day the busy coexistence of the neighborhood showed at its best.
Brimstone – sitruunaperhonen in Finnish
Northern Wall Brown – metsäpapurikko
Scarce Copper – loistokultasiipi
Northern Blue – ketosinisiipi, a tiny, all blue from the top.
Some insects I do not recognize, in action.
I guess these were Common Bluet dragonflies – Okatytönkorennot. One of 59 species in Finland.
I list here my top 10 most viewed outdoor photos of year 2012 on flickr. All are published and taken in 2012. Seven of those pictures are taken in winter, four of the pictures are taken by the seashore in Helsinki. Thanks for all viewers and readers!
1. Trees along the ski track in Pirttimäki, Espoo, February
2. Snowshoeing in Ylläs, Lapland, March 2012
3. Trees at dusk near seashore in Helsinki, March 2012
4. Midwinter colors in Ylläs, Lapland at Christmas 2012
5. Icebreak whitewater kayaking event, Helsinki, April 2012
6. Skiing at dusk on ice on Helsinki shore, February 2012
7. Helsinki seashore at 10 p.m, May 2012
8. Kellostapuli fell in Ylläs, Lapland, March 2012
9. Saimaa ringed seal on lake Saimaa, August 2012
10. Waiting for the perfect light – photographers on the seashore in Helsinki, January 2012
Thanks for all readers/viewers of my blogs in 2012. Here are my the 10 most viewed blog posts published in 2012. Of these posts 4 are of kayaking trips of some sort, 4 are of winter activities like skiing, skating or walks. 5 of the posts are situated in southern Finland.
These posts include my highlights of outdoor year 2012.
A day walk in October on the fells of Ylläs. An after-season visit to Lapland was nice because of relatively peaceful season in Lapland. The best colors of the fall had passed but still some left. Snow arrived pretty soon after the visit.
Encounters with lake Saimaa fauna while kayaking in July and August. Another highlight of the summer, staying by lake Saimaa for holidays, lots of kayaking around great waters of Linnansaari national park.
Träskända manor park in Espoo is an interesting combination of garden area, old trees, historical buildings and nature reserve area. It is one of the most important manor park areas in Finland.
The area has very interesting history with the long-time owner of Aurora Karamzin and her garden renovations. The best time to visit may not be rainy and grey November but during autumn colors in September or in early summer.
In the 1820s an outdoorbuilding “Diana Temple” designed by Carl Engel was built. With graffiti spoiling the columns, only the upper parts have remained somewhat intact.
In 1863 Russian emperor of Alexander II visited Träskända manor and a few arrangements were made. See fine miniatures of that time made for Espoo Museum.