Archive for September, 2011



23
Sep
11

266/2011 1:1

266/2011 1:1, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A day of great commotion at school when our first-graders were given their brand-new minilaptops. Scenes like this were seen along the corridors all over the school. Everybody wanted to get the feel of their new tool.

Our shift to 1:1 will be in phases, starting with the first-graders this year. Interesting times ahead!

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22
Sep
11

265/2011 it’s the little things

265/2011 it’s the little things, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A pot plant, which we thought was just a green plant, has surprised us with these two blooms. We’ve had it for about a year, and enjoyed the greenery of its waxy, hardy leaves, never expecting to see any flowers on it.

I am reminded, once again, of the meaning and importance of the little things in life.

21
Sep
11

264/2011 gleaming red

264/2011 gleaming red, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Quickly rushing home from the rain. Nothing much to see today. Only the rather hypnotic red reflection of the traffic light on the wet street.

20
Sep
11

263/2011 gerbera labyrinth

263/2011 gerbera labyrinth, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

After a pause of a couple of years, this blaze of colourful flowers has filled the space in front of the Cathedral again. It’s an environmental work of art by artist Kaisa Salmi. In 2008, it was called ‘Gerbera sea’. This time, the 5000 gerberas of different colours have been arranged in circles, with narrow paths in between, as in a labyrinth. In the middle of the labyrinth, there are old, worn white leather couches, and a table set with plates and glasses of wine.

It was an invigorating experience to walk round and round, soaking in the bright colours of the flowers. Another exciting event, provided for us by the European Capital of Culture year. At noon on Friday, the flowers, donated by a local garden, will be given away to any residents who care to go and pick them. I might go and bring one of these orange ones home – if I’m quick and lucky enough!

This is how the whole arrangment looked:

And here is the link to the whole set of my gerbera pictures from today. I also found a video from 2008, where the same artist is setting up her first gerbera installation, at the same place.

19
Sep
11

262/2011 fall

262/2011 fall, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Raindrops and yellow leaves kept falling down today. Full autumn now!This solitary leaf was waiting for me on the roof of the car. This is it now, for real. Chilly, windy and wet!

18
Sep
11

261/2011 heading south

261/2011 heading south, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Loud bird shrieks made me look up, to see big flocks of cranes, getting into their flying formations, to leave Finland for the winter. The organisation of their flying routines is really amazing, as is their orienteering across continents. Nature sure is full of wonders!

The sight of migratory birds in the sky makes me quite nostalgic. Lucky birds, in a way, escaping from the cold to the warmth of southern Europe or Africa. Welcome back next spring!

17
Sep
11

260/2011 weekend at the cottage

260/2011 weekend at the cottage, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Visited our friends’ summer cottage for the weekend. The water was only +13 C but we still ventured for a short swim from the sauna. The surface was totally still, and mirrored the surrounding trees, with their autumn foliage. Calm and beautiful!




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