Professional travel photographer Tim Bird shares his love of photographing Finland.
"I’ve been based in the Finnish capital Helsinki for more than thirty years, so I know the country well. Four distinct seasons lend varied moods to endless landscapes of lake and forest. In the far north, Arctic wilderness fells are ablaze in reds and yellows in autumn and shimmer with pinks and blues in winter. In the south, including on the shores of the capital, the rugged Baltic coastlines are etched by winter ice and battered by spring and autumn storms."
"The moods of the Finns are also shaped by the changing light, from winter melancholy to summer elation. The seasonal cycle doesn’t change – although global warming appears to be having an effect in the form of shorter winters and earlier springs – but the photographic northern nuances remain endless."