Archive for January, 2011


031/2011 red sky in the morning

031/2011 red sky in the morning, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Luckily, not a warning, but the beginning of an unusual school day. A line of flags in the school yard, ready to welcome a special guest.

With the start of general election campaigns, we got the honour of a one-hour visit by the Prime Minister herself! Quite interesting, as it’s so rare to receive such top politicians, especially outside Helsinki.


030/2011 orange

030/2011 orange, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

My favourite colour to end my weekend photo theme. It’s been a work-filled weekend, but focusing on the search for bright colours broke the routine nicely. Just as the colours and textures add interest to the pattern of this sunlit basket.


029/2011 yellow and blue

029/2011 yellow and blue, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It’s not winter, is it? This make-believe photo helps me feel optimistic and warm. The feathery, backlit petal of the tulip, and the few white clouds in the sky make me free light and carefree.

We are so lucky to be able to enjoy the beauty of all the colours around us. It is so true that what you focus on in your life, seems to increase. I am focusing on colours this weekend, and it does work as an instant mood booster for me!


028/2011 green

028/2011 green, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

My theme for this weekend will be colours, and escaping dreary winter with them. For a short moment in the late afternoon, the sun shone through our window, making our houseplants glisten in its light.

In reality this poor plant is shedding most of its leaves, as it struggles to survive in the dry, electically heated house in winter. However, looking at this close-up effectively distracts the senses, and gives a vibrant, spring-like impression, filled with the promise of life.


027/2011 no outside lunch yet

027/2011 no outside lunch yet, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

And not for some time, I don’ t think. Snow has become my photo theme for this week. I can remember sitting at this table many times last autumn. It’s in front of the inn, where I and one of my colleagues often go for lunch on school days. I am beginning to wish my time away with this winter…

But the yellow wall of the old house looked pretty amidst all the white.


026/2011 yes, there is a car there

A common sight along our streets. Cars in various stages of getting buried under snow. Looks as if this one is a beetle. Might be somebody’s summer car, so it doesn’t have to be dug out, but can wait for the snow the disappear in spring. In built and densely populated areas, the masses of snow are creating big problems. Modern man and nature at odds.

At long last some sunshine – light and shadow playing on the snow. What an instant change in my mood and energy levels!


025/2011 a glimpse of gorgeous blue

Momentarily, very briefly, the horizon became unusually blue even though we didn’t see any trace of the sun all day. Actually, haven’t seen the sun for over a week. The blue was somehow reflected through the clouds – very strange. And then it was gone.

I am really deprived of natural colour and light. Wishing my time away, and dreaming of spring and summer. Driving home today, they talked about many Finns now buying second homes in Thailand, where they spend half the year. I can understand why!

Anyway, to end on a happier note – getting this fleeting blue moment today was lovely!


024/2011 seen from a distance

024/2011 seen from a distance, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

During a fun ladies’ night out in a local restaurant, we spotted this lovely old stained glass window. Sitting around the table, chatting and laughing, it didn’t strike me as anything unusual, and I didn’t really pay attention to it at all. It wasn’t until we started taking group pictures froma distance that its beauty was revealed. The building dates back to the late 19th century, and is a lovely example of the jugend style of the time.

Sometimes we need to look from afar to see what is near!


023/2011 droopy

023/2011 droopy, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This is the last photo in my weekend tulip theme. Just as well, I chose this theme, as the weather has never changed in the whole week. Just grey, cloudy, and absolutely dreary!

It’s the end of the weekend, which usually seem as short as the life of the cut tulips. Only in 2 1/2 days they start nodding their heads, some of the blooms have opened too much, and pollen is dropping onto the table.

I, too, get this droopy feeling towards Sunday evening when I have to open my school bag, which usually reveals a pile of papers waiting to be marked. Why don’t I deal with them on Friday afternoon before going home, to allow myself to enjoy Sundays to the fullest? Better still, why don’t I allow students to surprise me with something that I’d look forward to reading, instead of the same old boring assignments that motivate no one, it seems?

Any tips on getting tulips to last longer?


022/2011 variation

022/2011 variation, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

My weekend tulip theme continues. I wanted to take a very different picture from yesterday’s colourful orange bunch. However, the reddish brown table top was the wrong choice. The background should have been white, or at least much lighter. Unfortunaely, it wasn’t until the natural afternoon light had disappeared that I realized this. Tried to rescue it with some Picnik effects but I didn’t manage to create the look I was after. Will have to retake this one day!

The yellow tulip is lovely all the same.


January 2011

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