Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A Walk Along the Shores of the Gulf of Finland



I love walking along the shores of the Gulf of Finland in early spring days. The Gulf of Finland is part of the Baltic Sea. Russia, Estonia and Finland are located on its shores. The bay near St. Petersburg is shallow, but navigable all year round.
It was sunny and windy April day. The fine beach sand was still partially covered with ice and debris. In the spring and summer, it is constantly cleaned, especially after heavy winter winds.
 
 
The shore of the Gulf
 

In the 18th century, man-made islands were created to protect the young capital of the Russian Empire. On the island of Kotlin, the city of Kronstadt was founded, which served as a sea fortress on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Several rivers flow into the bay, the largest are the Neva, Sestra, Narva and Porvoo. 

 
The river Sestra 
 

A coast willow

 
Pines on the dunes 

There are many sloping sand dunes stretching for several kilometers. I rose to dune, there was a beautiful pure pine forest behind it. The air was clear, slightly salty, pleasant.
Along the coast, at a short distance, there are private estates, as well as boarding houses, sanatoriums. I walked deep into the coast, paths for walking were laid in the pine-deciduous forest.
 
What fresh air!


Then I returned to dunes. The weather was good, a lot of sun and fewer clouds. I spent a good time and did not want to go home, to a big city.

 

 

41 comments:

  1. Hi Nadezda,

    Beautiful photos from the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The pines looks like "mine" trees over here. I can understand you very well. The big city have not that beautiful shore.

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    1. The fresh and salty air, pines and dunes... It's nice you understand me, Marit.
      Have a happy week.

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  2. Kauniit dyynit. Ei ihme, että tuolla rannalla viihtyy.
    Mukavaa kevään jatkoa.

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    1. I love walking along dunes, Anemone.
      Happy week.

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  3. How wonderful, dear Nadezda, as a traveller by heart I'm really happy to see als these amazing pictures. Such a beautiful part of the world. I only know this side from Latavia and Finland. Some day I have to go to this part of the coast.
    Have a wonderful time, take care.
    Best wishes from Austria
    Elisabeth

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    1. Elizabeth, the shores of the Gulf are sandy or rocky, depending on which south or north side of the Gulf you are on. Hope you can see this part some day.
      Hugs!

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  4. It really does look like a beautiful area, Nadezda, and perfect for a walk. I would have had my eyes and ears tuned to the birds!

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    1. David as the ornithologist you would like to see birds on the coast. I saw only seagulls there.

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  5. It looks very beautiful - but cold too ;-)
    Hopefully you had a nice cup of something warm afterwards.
    Lisbeth

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    1. Oh, that's true Lisbeth. I always have my thermos of hot tea when I'm on the shore.

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  6. Se ve bonito para pasear, me encantaría dar una vuelta por ahí. Un abrazo.

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    1. El día estaba soleado pero fresco así que deberías traer una chaqueta abrigada, Teresa :-)

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  7. Boa tarde, paisagem maravilhosa, obrigado pela belas imagens.

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  8. Надежда, прекрасные весенние фотографии.

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    1. Спасибо за комментарий Надежда.

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  9. Hi Nadezda, beautiful walk, what an amazing place.
    Great photos
    Hugs

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    1. Glad you liked my photos Maria.
      Have a nice week!

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  10. Wonderful views! And you still have a patches of snow!

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    1. The weather is not warm Teestow, the snow patches remained when I took pictures last week.

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  11. Dear Nadezda, I enjoyed very much this walk with you. :)
    The blue sky, sand and pines... it's easy to believe the air was fresh and pleasant.
    Happy May! Stay safe and well!

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    1. Sara, glad to see your comment!
      That day the weather had been sunny and warm. Now in May the days are cold +6 +8 C with North wind.
      Hugs!

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  12. Che posti magnifici! Tutto il contrario di qui che siamo lontani dal mare!

    Buon fine settimana :)

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    1. Gabriel, I live near the Baltic sea so I show you what it looks like in early spring. Glad you liked my photos.
      Have a nice day.

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  13. Dear Nadezda!
    Thank you so much for a lovely walk and wonderful scenery.
    I miss traveling a lot. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this is impossible. I am delighted with your wonderful photos.
    Happy and joyful Sunday.

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    1. Dear Lucia, I am glad that you "traveled" with me. I am also unhappy with the fact that I do not have the opportunity to travel.
      Be safe, hugs!

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  14. Gracias por este peseo amiga. Me ha encantado. Que ganas hay de poder volver a viajar amiga.
    Cuídate.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Sí, quiero viajar, Laura. durante más de dos años no pude ver otros países. Tenemos que esperar, este virus puede desaparecer pronto.

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  15. Wow ! How nice to virtually walk in this wonderful place!
    Greetings

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    1. I'm glad Ela you liked to walk with me!
      Happy week.

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  16. Beautiful colours and a kind of sparseness and clarity which I like. Your photos convey the atmosphere very well. I wouldn't be surprised if the idea of returning to the city grated on your nerves. Talking about blue and white, in your May 8 post, I thought that the colours of this beach overall are rather similar to your favourite colour combination for flowers -blue and white. And of course the green of vegetation.

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    1. Jenny, I think you have a subtle sense of nature, and it's clear I love blue skies and white (or almost white) ice and sand. Of course, the greenery also makes me happy.

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