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Working on Sundays doesn't always suck. I love piloting the boats, and the fact that I could follow my skill in that getting steadily better through the summer.

August 24, 2015
by Janos
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The Summer of Marine Biology – aka The Best Summer Ever

I have spent this summer working as a nature surveyor and a scientific diver for Metsähallitus, a state apparatus which is responsible for the protected areas in nature as well as dealing with forestry. A job like this is something I’ve been working towards for some time now. Do you know that feeling of really wanting something and building it up as you wait for things to happen – and when you get in, it’s even more awesome than you expected? I do now.

Photo: Metsähallitus / Suvi Saarnio

Photo: Metsähallitus / Suvi Saarnio

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Photo: Elina Keskitalo / Metsähallitus

July 11, 2015
by Janos
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Slices of Life: Singing Factory & Shallow Water

I’m wading in knee high dark water pulling the boat after me when the factory sings out again across the strait. A flute-like mechanical sound, vaguely melodic, but not quite. Like someone had sampled a gale whistling in the structures of an abandoned factory, and played an atonal melody with it while throwing in a bit of vox humana. I stop to listen.

(Photo: Essi Keskinen / Metsähallitus)

(Photo: Essi Keskinen / Metsähallitus)

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(Photo: Metsähallitus / Suvi Saarnio)

June 26, 2015
by Janos
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Slices of Life: Seawater the Colour of Lapsang Souchong

The boat is full to the brim with gear. Tanks, boxes, backpacks, dive gear, four people. There’s barely room for one person to stand on the actual boat deck without standing on some piece of gear or other. I’m sitting on the back bench, struggling to bow down low enough to get my fin on my feet. The driver grabs the fin and starts helping them on, her red hair falling from under her inca wool cap. No need to do everything by yourself, this is work diving – ask for help.

(Photo: Metsähallitus / Janos Honkonen)

(Photo: Metsähallitus / Janos Honkonen)

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