Yesterday afternoon strong winds brought clouds to fill most of the blue summer sky. I had high hopes for some spectacular colors during sunset. In the evening though I felt too lazy to go photographing and decided to stay home. Around 23.30 I took out the trash and saw nothing but blue-grayish clouds. I climbed up some stones in our front yard to get a better look over the trees. On the horizon was an unbelievable pink sky. That was all I needed see; I ran back inside, packed my gear and left.
Oulunsalo was the place of choice and once there I saw the calm surface of the Baltic Sea, producing wonderful reflections. Now I needed to find a good spot and I started to make my way through the high grown reed. To my horror, I woke up thousands of mosquitoes and unfortunately they were extremely happy to see me.
That’s when I realized summer has come and that I didn’t bring the insect repellent. The sky was just too beautiful and I couldn’t bring myself to go back home without some pictures. So I made a deal with the mosquitoes, if they don’t bite me, I will not smack them. Well, all I can say it was the mosquitoes who broke the deal!
It took me a good ten minutes to get used to the swarm buzzing around me, biting me anywhere they could. Eventually I got used to them (meaning I gave up the hopeless fight and let them bite me) and was just happy to take pictures. Like most cameras mine has also an option to take a picture with a ten seconds delay. Usually I use this to jump into the picture myself but yesterday all I wanted was draw mosquitoes away from the lense. This is not something I would try in the future. Next time I’ll be prepared for ‘Finnish Air Force’!