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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

wish all industry would look this nice...
I wouldn't classify those club houses true industrial buildings...

33. The newer parts (from 1950s I think) of Voikkaa factory complex do look bit more boring. (And the primary reason to take this picture was the placement of the pedestrian crossing sign in the middle of parking lot!)


34. Although sure the older factory buildings like this old Voikkaa pulp mill has more character in it - sadly after being decommissioned its maintenance was negletted and already in spring 2010 when I took this pic it was in sorry state and despite the protests calling for sparing it, in autumn 2010 UPM Kymmene executed the plans to demolish the building.


35. Luckily the older paperboard factory buildings in Verla have been kept as a museum.


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38. And then there is these more modern factories still running. This time shown from a distance at Kettumäki hill.


Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

great to see more of Finland, Heikki! hope you'll post much more.
can't believe we're still on page 1!
Ok, let's see if this additional post would get us to second page. Of course, it might help if there was also somebody else than me who contributed with pictures to this thread...
 



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I was thinking if I should post this to the railway stations thread or to this city thread and ended up that this picture is better suited for this thread...

39. One end of the waiting hall at Kouvola railway station
(And for those who unfortunately cannot understand Finnish, the text under the clock says "Welcome to Kouvola" in Finnish.)
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Lauttakatu has got its name from the ferry that once upon time provided the connection between two sides of river Kymi, although since 1949 there has been no ferry anymore as a bridge replaced it.

40. Towards the riverside pier


41. And the opposide direction


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42. Bridge(s) over Kymi in Kuusankoski, Kouvola


43. Kymintehdas


44. Kuusanniemi pulp and paper mills


45. More of the same factory complex with large piles of wood chips


46. Zebra crossing to nowhere? (The river is behind those trees...)


47. One of the old factory buildings in Kymintehdas


48. The chemical factory in these buildings still running


49. Another part of that factory


50. Kuusankoskitalo
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On Friday, I went on a stroll in Koria with my parents. Or more specifically we visited the "Pioneer Park" area, which used to host a garrison of combat engineers. Currently parts of the area are being prepared for the fortcoming Finnish Housing Fair to be held next summer.

51. Old red brick barracks, dating from the days when Grand Duchy of Finland was part of Russia. Now this have been renovated into apartments.


52. Old morgue


53. Guard post


54. Looks like the new buildings in the area are not yet ready for the Housing Fair, let's hope the few months left is sufficient to finish these.


55. Pioneer (combat engineer) monument
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56. As the sign says: Kuusaa bridge over river Kymi
(yes, #42 shows the same bridge(s)[1] from the other side of the river)

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[1] Technically there are two bridges: first there was one bridge, but as the traffic increased, another bridge was built next to the older one and now there are two lanes to each direction and sidewalks on both sides.
 



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57. River Kymi and Voikkaa bridge across


58. Solvay Chemicals Finland


59. A small field surrounded by a residential area


60. Defunct water processing plant


61. On the left is Voikkaa water power plant and on the other side of the river is the factory complex that used to house Voikkaa paper mills


62. Plot full of power transformers(?)


63. The industrial complex as seen from the downstream side
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interesting update Heikki! amazing that you're not completely covered in snow yet. (my assumpion).
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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

interesting update Heikki! amazing that you're not completely covered in snow yet. (my assumpion).
It is still early in the winter and these southern parts of Finland may not always get that thick snow cover anyway, for example last year was miserably warm with bare ground for most time. The closest weather station reports that currently there is 17 cm of snow, earlier this week the metering reached 21 cm, but the snow has compressed since.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2021 at 22:21
times have changed! for serious snow Spain is now the place to be.
I recall sailing to/from Scandinavia, many decades ago, or even through German Bight- in winter we always sailed through ice floes. quite wintery up there.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2021 at 19:45
Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

times have changed! for serious snow Spain is now the place to be.
I recall sailing to/from Scandinavia, many decades ago, or even through German Bight- in winter we always sailed through ice floes. quite wintery up there.
Certainly there are signs that the climate change is a real thing. But at least just now it looks like southern Finland will get proper winter this year: earlier this week there was blizzard that brought decent cover to the southern parts, actually so that currently in the southern Finland has more snow than the northern parts of the country! And then the last couple days have been very cold (my kitchen window thermometer in Helsinki showed -22°C this morning).

64. Kymintehdas factory complex and cold river


And as mentioned earlier, Kouvola is an important railway junction:

65. Railway station platforms and train engine depot


66. Railway station platforms
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2021 at 14:30
These are old pictures (and possibly I may have even posted these to some other thread in the past), but somehow I started to think about this particular place...

The former municipality of Elimäki had one interesting geographical feature, in the country of thousands of lakes, Elimäki didn't have any! Or there was Elimäenjärvi (Lake Elimäki), but the hardy farmers there thought that they preferred to have more farmland than a lake and thus they did drain it. However, at times mother nature still reminds us that these fields are former lakebed and thus when it floods the fields once again become a lake.

67. Elimäenjärvi during a spring flood


Assuming there is proper winter with snow, spring floods are almost certain when the snow melts, but occasionally autumn rains also bring so much water that the fields flood.

68. The flooded fields lure a large number of migrating birds


Actually that autumn 2017, at Elimäenjärvi and its vicinity significant portion of world's barnacle geese was resting there, bird watchers counted (or estimated) flocks up to around 300 000 birds.

69. These geese often stop there also when the fields are dry.
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