Thursday, June 16, 2011

Payment in blood

We are having a great mosquito summer, as the conditions for them were good during spring: lots of water from the melting snow, sufficient amount of rain every now and then, and heat also.

thus, I paid for these photographs in blood. When you try to take a photograph of something, immediately a dozen mosquitoes try to land on your hands and face. Of course, I took payment from quite a few mosquitoes as well, so perhaps we are even.

3 comments:

Colin Griffiths said...

Very amusing, though I expect that if Finnish mosquitoe bites are anything like Scottish midge bites, you will still be feeling the discomfort for a while. Still, your sacrifice in the name of art was worth it!

Anonymous said...

Juha, "Birch" is excellent.

Juha Haataja said...

@Colin: In Lapland they have small midges with a really big bite. Here in Vantaa we have this year for some reason rather big mosquitoes, but otherwise they are not so bad. The bites do itch a bit for a day or so, though.

This is a traditional Finnish recipe for mosquitoes: take the shirt off in the beginning of summer, and after a day or two you get used to the bites. And indeed, even if you don't follow the recipe, the bites itch much less as the summer goes on. It is however different if you happen to have an allergy about them.

@Anon: Thanks!