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February 15: trip back from Utö

The departure and long trip back to Helsinki.

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One last morning shot, soft sky again.

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Unusual sub-cloud light.

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The island to the west of the hotel, Finnskär.

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Later, sun.

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Heading to the ferry.

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On the ferry, about to depart. It was nice to have a daytime ferry ride this time so we could see what was going by.

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About to untie the ropes.

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Wake foam, looking like the map of an imaginary archipelago.

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Clouds + lighthouse, starting to recede.

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Continuing to move out.

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You want antennae? I gotcher antennae right here.

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Lighthouse still visible.

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Can you see it?

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This is Jurmo, a nearby island, nearly uninhabited, much flatter and almost treeless.

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The Jurmo dock.

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Sun + darkness.

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Amazingly, the Utö lighthouse remained visible for a couple of hours, even as it neared occlusion by the horizon. Here it's the tiny vertical mark near the center of the horizon, about a third of the way from the prominent lighthouse to the lefthand mirage-cut island. This may have been a shot through my binoculars, I don't really remember.

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Aspö again, looking more clement this time.

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Through the...ship...arch.

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Berghamn, another stop along the way.

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An old manse or something close to Pärnäs.

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Unloading at Pärnäs.

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The floor is made of water.

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Impressionistic view from the bus.

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Ice floes.

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A jetty right next to the car ferry dock.

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Getting off the car ferry.

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The opposite ferry (the one going in the other direction).

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Another landscape impression.

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The lines of lights along the highway swooped all over as we neared Helsinki after dark.