Sunday, November 29, 2015

The lid over each eye

The photographs were taken on October 31st in Luukki. There was some frost that provided highlights to the landscape.

This morning I walked for three hours in Nuuksio, walking around lake Suolikas. This was the second time I have done this, and it was quite exhausting, going up and down the rocky hills around the lake. Still, I was 15 minutes faster this time.

At home the temperature was +4 °C, but at the lake there was a little bit of frost, and some ice was floating on top of the lake. It was quiet, and I didn't meet or see anyone at the lake.

(Posting title is from the poem Dead Man’s Dump by Isaac Rosenberg.)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Perhaps one day I will be ready

The photographs were taken on October 31st in Luukki, southwest of the Luukki lake, by the golf course.

This morning I walked for two hours in Luukki, visiting five lakes: Väärälampi, Mustalampi, Hauklampi, Käärlampi and Halkolampi. It was quiet and wet, temperature at +6 °C.

I have five different types of gloves for commuting by bicycle, for different conditions, from summer to winter season. Recently I got new thin gloves, to replace the old ones which were completely worn out. Today I realized they might be good when handling the camera, and so it was, there are excellent for this purpose as well, providing a good grip and the ability to press the buttons.

This reminds me of the strange sizes of bicycle clothing. It seems that manufacturers expect people who ride to be smaller than normal people, so one needs to buy clothes one or two sizes larger than normally. This seems to apply to shoes, pants, jackets, and gloves. The new gloves are size 3XL, and they fit perfectly, even though normally the size XL is the right one.

(Posting title is from the poem Hanging in Egypt with Breyten Breytenbach by Chris Abani.)

Friday, November 27, 2015

And turn those limpid eyes on mine

The photographs were taken on October 30th.

Yesterday I got the bicycle front light, Trelock LS 950 Control ION. I charged it up, and used it today during the commute. It is much better than the old one. And it should be, as the old one cost 10 euro, and this one 60 euro (at 40% discount).

Some reviews of the light have been negative, saying that the clamp (base) doesn't hold the light at all. Well, I think this is because they didn't read the instructions. You need to know how to do it right. Fixing the clamp to the handlebars doesn't need any tools and is quite fast, but you can easily do it wrong. I thought that the clamp looked a bit flimsy, but it is actually quite good, keeping the light firmly in place even when there are bumps on the road.

The best thing about the light are the quick and easy controls, the long duration of the battery (6 hours at max brightness and 45 hours at min), and the convenient shape of the beam. I used the max brightness only in the dark parts of the road, where there are no street lights, and elsewhere the min setting was good enough.

The light proved its worth already today. We had strong winds during the night, above 10 m/s. Debris from trees had fallen to the ground. One quite thick piece of a tree branch was laying across the road in a dark spot where there were no street lights.

I rode the bicycle for almost nine hours this week, and I'm feeling tired. Well, there is time to recover during the weekend.

(Posting title is from the poem The Buried Life by Matthew Arnold.)