Archive for June, 2010


#174 light and shadow

174/365 light and shadow, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Daily Shoot led me to look for shadows today:

Make a photo composed of interesting shadows today. Try composing with long shadows at the beginning and end of the day.

Towards the evening, the sun shines warmly into our garden, painting attractive shadows on different surfaces. The opposites attracted me in this picture. The shadows reminded me of the intricate designs of the Asian art of shadow theatre.

It’s like yin and yang, an eternal cycle of light and darkness, sun and moon. Two inseparable companions. We need to embrace both, just like our own shadow that will follow us, by our side through life.


#173 little wonders

173/365 little wonders, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

What makes some of us grow and thrive even when all odds seem to be against us? Is it nature or nurture, or the right combination of both? Maybe it is nothing but a lucky chance. In similar circumstances, many others would have withered away long before blooming.

I wish we could all push towards the light, and reach our full potential, irrespective of the surroundings. We will let this little wild violet have its life on our patio, even if out of place, and enjoy its delicate beauty.


172/365 summer solstice 11.10 pm

172/365 summer solstice 11.10 pm, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Summer solstice today – the longest day of the year. The sun rose at 4.01 am and it set at 11.04 pm, which made the lenght of the day 19 hrs 3 mins. Our Midsummer has been moved to the nearest Saturday of the solstice, ie. next weekend will be the festive summer celebration.

We really had a colourful sunset today. It’s amazing how fast this lightest time of the year flies past. From now on, it will be the slow descend till winter darkness again. Luckily, the shortening of the day will hardly be noticeable until August! Summer has hardly begun, and there is lots more of it left.

The sky at 10 pm.

The sky at 11.30 pm.


#171 country comfort

171/365 country comfort, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This photo was taken along the sideroad I used to travel on the bus to my parents’ home when I first started my university studies, and didn’t have my own car yet. Even though I didn’t spend my childhood and youth in a farm, I was a country village girl alright. It is actually a historic road, but very quiet now, since most of the traffic has been shifted to a bigger and straighter new road. This picture is from Tarvasjoki.

Driving along the old twists and turns today filled me with a familiar, warm feeling. “And it’s good old country comfort in my bones…” as Elton John sang back in the 70s. There was a Finnish version of the song, too, and I even found it on YouTube! I used to hear it a lot when I was young. The Finnish translation of the original lyrics describe my feelings very well: “I look at the countryside scenery, and I understand how happy must be anyone who can always live here. I will never forget the countryside scenery.”  Well, rather idealistic, of course, but I it is true that the colours, the paint on the farmhouses, the flowers and weeds by the roadside and the never-ending green summer fields will all stay imprinted deep in my heart and soul forever.

Other memorable sceneries have entered my heart since but this is by far the dearest to me. I got a bit carried away with my reminiscences today, and shot a whole set of pictures – all rather similar, but couldn’t decide which to throw.


#170 romance for a rainy day

170/365 romance for a rainy day, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The pouring rain kept me in most of the day. Good chance to watch the Swedish royal wedding live online. As a citizen of a republic, I find all the royal pomp and circumstance very strange and over the top, although there are other Finns, who longlingly follow the escapades of European royalty. Some Finnish women had even taken the night ferry to Stockholm to witness the procession first-hand. They were filmed cheering in the streets with paper crowns on their heads!

I heard an interesting question today: why is it that girls dream of becoming princesses, whereas boys always want to be kings – never princes. Why don’t girls want to be queens? Is it the picture of the old evil queens from fairytales that puts them off? Or is it power structures enforced right from an early age?

Who wouldn’t have liked to be Princess Victoria today, though, as the centre of attention in the beautiful celebration, and looking so much in love? Even I was moved! Here are the happy newly-weds, nicely framed on my laptop screen – inspired by today’s Daily Shoot:

Frame within a frame. Make a photo that uses an element–window, door, mirror, trees, etc.–to frame your main subject.


#169 wild and wonderful

169/365 wild and wonderful, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Driving for different errands, I kept my eyes open for any leading lines for today’s Daily Shoot. Suddenly, I spotted a little brown patch in the middle of this green field, far in the distance. No leading lines, but it was the darker colour amidst the greens that caught my eye. Soon enough, a head popped up – a deer! Screech – luckily it was a quiet village road, so I could instantly stop the car and leap out.

Awww, it was like Bambi. It stood there quite a while, burying its head into the grass for something to eat, but at the same time, keeping a watchful eye on me. At times, it would stop moving, alert, with ears attentively upright, totally in control of its surroundings. Eventually, it hopped across a ditch, and disappeared into the nearby thicket.

Even with a crop, this is as close I could get with my lens.


#168 nature and nurture

168/365 nature and nurture, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Followed this endearing bird family by the seaside today. The little chicks were adorable, like incredibly soft, furry balls with a tiny beak. The moment I approached, pointing my camera at them, the mother (or father??) started loud warning sounds to summon the babies away from the threatening intruder. One little chick was either a weak swimmer, or just liked the comfort of a free ride, and kept climbing on mummy’s back.

I made a whole photo story about this bird family.

This family scene of caring for the little ones, reminded me of my own family. How many times I have carried our daughter, literally or in spirit, when she has needed my help and support. Will I have guided her well enough to survive when she starts her independent university life in a new country in September? And what will happen to these cute chicks when they fly off, out of the reach of parents’ warnings?

Actually, families, relationships, connections and networks have been on my mind a lot this week, especially after reading Mark Pesce’s lecture ‘Helicopter lessons’.  There is a lot of food for thought in it, for parents and educators alike. Also there is a lot to be said about extending our caring outside our immediate family. We should offer our back to anyone who needs to be carried for a while.


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