Pictures from a small Baltic island

Never let a wonder pass under…

underpass Jomala Åland sunbeam shaft light
A shaft of morning sunlight in the underpass in Jomala, Åland, Finland March 2011

I DIDN’T see this picture at first. I stopped the car to take a completely different picture.

It was a beautiful March morning with crisp sharp sunlight shining down on the snow and a fine mist rising from the land. It’s quite rare to get such a lovely mist covering the island at this time of year. I stopped the car to take some photographs of the beautiful church at Jomala in these great conditions. To get to the view of the church I wanted I had to pass through this underpass. And I was met with this view.

This is the first shot I took. I took about a dozen more photographs, some from the other end of the underpass including the beautiful church and some with silhouettes and long shadows of schoolchildren walking through. But this first one was the best. It’s the combination of graphic simplicity and beautiful light. Sometimes that’s just the way it is.

And it’s a lot better than any of the nice pictures of the church I actually stopped to take. But I wouldn’t have found this scene if I hadn’t stopped to take pictures of the church. That’s the lesson I guess. If you see a good picture always stop and take it. Because you never know when you might stumble across a great picture.

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One response

  1. This is really a great image!

    May 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

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