As autumn arrives in the Finnish capital, chilly weather hints at an even colder season soon to come. We relish the crisp fall air, bringing you eye-catching views of colourful seasonal scenery.
Deep reds, bright oranges and pale yellows replace the greens of summer in Helsinki parks and neighbourhoods as autumn progresses and the leaves change. Although the warm weather of July and August is fast fading to a distant memory, we’re still outside enjoying life and landscapes in the capital.
A view of life: This café overlooking Töölö Bay stays open as long as the weather holds. Photo: Tim Bird
Autumn colours and a deep blue sky are reflected on a parked car. Photo: Tim Bird
Not too hot, not too cold: A clear autumn day is a great time for a bike ride. Photo: Tim Bird
Picture inside a picture: Capture the colours in just the right light. Photo: Tim Bird
Weight-gain diet: This squirrel is looking for handouts as it gets ready for winter. Photo: Tim Bird
Peaceful corner: Sunset is not far off as orange trees catch the light on the shore of Töölö Bay. Photo: Tim Bird
Red foliage shines in front of the red brick of Saint Paul's Church. Photo: Tim Bird
Blowin' in the wind: Colours become a blur as tree branches sway. Photo: Tim Bird
Fallen leaves contribute to the peaceful atmosphere of a graveyard. Photo: Tim Bird
Off-season: There aren't too many bathers around as the water temperature drops to match the autumn air. Photo: Tim Bird
Leaves turn a fiery hue of orange, outdoing the building across the street. Photo: Tim Bird
A passing phase: A train hurries past as the seasons hurry to change. Photo: Tim Bird
Photos by Tim Bird, October 2010
Text by Peter Marten, updated October 2012