white and blue and everything else

It’s Finland’s 98th independence day today. I miss the good things, and they are many; I miss the familiar things, some of which are good. Many of the things I miss are much older than 98 years – the archipelago, the seasons, the sauna, the languages; the people I miss are all younger. My heart is a travelling heart, but it was created and grew in an atmosphere of fresh air, friendship, comfortable silence, and tolerance. For that, I am grateful.

They say that the colours of Finland are white and blue, but to me, they are a rainbow.

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The home-made, traditional red paint.

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The orange light created by sunset light over a misty swamp.

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The amazing creatures that can survive the severe drought and cold of the winters, like this yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus).

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The refreshing, overwhelming green of summer.

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The blue of the polar night, of the sky, and of the lakes.

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The ever-returning life with and fight against the darkness, like this indigo performance during Lux Helsinki.

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The wind dancing in violets in the outer archipelago.

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