Archive for October, 2010


#304 spooky halloween!

304/365 spooky halloween!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This could have been my Daily Shoot for today, but chose something less obvious for that assignment:

The color of the day is orange. Make a photograph that is full of orange today.

Couldn’t resist choosing this as my 365 picture, though. In my family, we have enjoyed some Halloween traditions since our year in the US (1996-1997). Making our own jack-o-lantern is an annual fun activity. And so it was today, too!

Actually, Halloween has only been celebrated in Finland for the last 10 odd years, Many people still find it an alien, pagan festival that should have no place in our country. I think it’s good to have some light-hearted fun and colour in the darkest, and most miserable, time of the year.


#303 happy weekend!

303/365 happy weekend!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Today’s Daily Shoot was a good topic for the whole weekend.

Today, let’s illustrate the emotion of being happy. Make a photograph that represents happiness to you.

A sunny spell on a grey day, and a cheerful bouquet of orange flowers for Halloween. Weekends, in general, are happy!


#302 cookery evening

302/365 cookery evening, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

We had a staff recreation evening, with a top chef teaching us his tricks. We had all chosen either the starter, main course or dessert group, and then prepared our share of the meal. Good practice in team effort!

This is the creation of the starter group. Each group did very well, and we all enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal as our reward. If only students could enjoy ‘the fruits of their labour’ so instantaneously!


#301 another working day done

301/365 another working day done, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Students have left, and the desk has been cleared. Only need to switch off the computer, and then it’s time to go home.

The centered composition was for the Daily Shoot originally:

Make a photograph today that has a strongly centered composition.

But then it made me think of the focus and centered attention that lessons require. Also, how much some of us teachers rely on computers in class. I only wish I could see some student computers in every class, too.


#300 frost

300/365 frost, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Photo #300! Wow, only 65 to go.

It sure has turned cold – minus degrees even in the morning. The night frost had covered the grass, and decorated the edges of leaves. These rose leaves look almost like sugar-coated!


#299 candlelit evening

299/365 candlelit evening, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Make a photograph today where vertical elements or lines dominate the scene.

Focusing on vertical lines, made me remember these old candlesticks, and rummage through the drawers for some left-over taper candles from last winter. These purple ones gave a lovely, warming glow, and created another vertical line – the shadow on the wall.

This time of the year, we always look for special candle offers, to stock up for Christmas time, when we practically have lots of candles burning all through the holidays. Got to start the candle bargain hunt again soon. Like bouquets of flowers, I never get tired of candle light!


#298 bienvenue!

298/365 bienvenue!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Café Voltaire, a new place, opened by a retired French journalist, who has settled in Finland. It’s refreshing to have proper waiting at the tables, instead of the usual self-service. Genuine French café & croissants, with some small talk in Finnish, French and English, too.

Not your common chain coffee shop, but one with character, and the door invitingly open out to the street. Will take my French students there Friday afternoon, to test their French in practice.


#297 squash collection

297/365 squash collection, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It’s the last day of the autumn break – back to school tomorrow. So, today out came the course books and papers again. Never ending! Inspiration eluded me all day – maybe partly because fo the miserably grey weather.

Luckily, my husband ventured out to the riverside market again today, despite the rain, and got back with a bag full of squashes of different colours and shapes. They make a nice centrepiece on the dining table – and provided the topic for my photo.


#296 unavoidable plastic

296/365 unavoidable plastic, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Daily Shoot inspired my 365 photo once again:

Plastic is everywhere. Make a photograph that illustrates a use of plastic in your life today.

Plastic is so ubiquitous these days that you just can’t avoid it. Sometimes I fear that, with the plasticky taste of a lot of processed food, our internal organs are covered in it, too!

The archipelago fishmarket is held again along the riverside this weekend. I was surprised to still find fresh lingonberries there, so decided to buy some to go into the freezer at home. They are a most healthy berry, full of vitamins and antioxidants. Their sour taste goes well with game or meat dishes, and they make lovely pies, too.

As usual, my berries got packed in plastic bags. Actually TWO, probably to prevent any nasty, red leaks into my bag. To be genuinely environmentally-friendly, of course, I should have had my own container with me, to avoid wasting the plastic bags. My excuse today was that this was an unplanned purchase. How often do we anticipate these things, though? Shopping anywhere, at any time, all you see is people obliviously using dozens and hundreds and millions of plastic bags. Poor environment!


#295 around the fire

295/365 around the fire, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A biting northerly wind has brought winter in the air. What nicer way to forget the cold and misery of the weather than invite some friends over, and spend the night around a warming fire with chat and some goodies to eat!

The crackle of the fire has a natural calming effect. It is also very inspirational, with its power and constantly changing form. No wonder, people all through the ages have gathered around different types of fires, to exchange stories and experiences. Staring at a fire is good for the soul of busy modern people, who are too glued to screens all the time.


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