Sunday, May 31, 2015

The yarn is weeping red and pale

This afternoon I was nodding off a lot, due to lack of sleep. I took a nap, which seems to have helped, as I don't feel so tired any more. The flu bothers still a lot, but it hasn't got any worse at least.

These photographs were taken in Nuuksio near Pirttimäki on May 15th.

(Posting title is from The sheep lady from Algiers by Patti Smith.)

The shape of the landscape

Here are three photographs, taken on May 15th. I couldn't get much sleep during the night, so I'm feeling blue, but maybe the worst of the flu starts to be over.

(Posting title is from the poem The Waste Carpet by William Matthews.)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Wherein many a grand, imaginary castle

The flu is now worse than before, and I couldn't get much sleep. Sore throat, running nose, headache. It would be great to go for a walk, but I don't think I'm in the shape for it.

The photographs were taken on May 25th at Linnanmäki Amusement Park.

(Posting title is from the poem Vowel Movements by Daryl Hine.)

Friday, May 29, 2015

In the presence of selected perceptions

I'm still suffering from flu symptoms, but no fever, only sore throat and a runny nose. Despite the symptoms, I was able to commute by bicycle on four days this week, and the commute time was almost the usual, 45 minutes. During May I have got 448 km riding the bicycle.

These photographs were taken in Nuuksio near Pirttimäki on May 14th.

(Posting title is from the poem Hugh Selwyn Mauberley by Ezra Pound.)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

As if it were sewn into the skin of the universe

This morning my sore throat was even worse than yesterday. I drank a lot of tea, and had spicy food for lunch, and that helped. I haven't had any fever yet, but I have had trouble sleeping, and that makes one rather tired during the day.

These photographs were taken on May 15th in Nuuksio, near Pirttimäki.

(Posting title is from the poem Squirrel Problem by Zachary Schomburg.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The world, they say, is best for a nest

I'm feeling fragmented.

I have a sore throat. Other family members have had very high fever, headache and severe tiredness.

Have I ever been as busy at work as this week?

These art photographs were taken at Oulu yesterday. I don't mean that the photographs are art; art is the subject of these photographs.

(Posting title is from the poem Sore Throat by Katie Peterson.)

Update: After making the posting I looked at the title and realized I do have a photograph of a nest, taken on May 14th in Nuuksio.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

But otherworldly, mimicking the world?

I traveled today to University of Oulu, second time this month.

Yesterday I wrote that there will be a break in the postings here, but here goes. Wood anemones encourage taking photographs each spring, here is a sample.

(Posting title is from the poem Natal Command by Peter Sacks.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Here, if you care, and lie full-length

Three different photographs, and I'm not sure whether there is anything that connects them, but still somehow I feel these fit together. They were taken in Luukki on May 9th and 10th.

I'll be doing a little bit of traveling, so there will be a break in the postings here.

(Posting title is from the poem A Muse of Water by Carolyn Kizer.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Knowing there’s nothing that I can do

I have got 12 1/2 hours of exercise this week, half of it riding the bicycle, half walking in forests and swamps. It is a great time to be outdoors. Exploring previously unknown territory in Sipoonkorpi was the best thing; I may return there some day soon.

These photographs were taken on May 12th, while going to a concert.

(Posting title is from the poem Guitar Player by Garry Gottfriedson.)

Flitting to a branch where

This morning I went to Sipoonkorpi National Park, to the parking place at Byabäcken. I explored the forests north of the road. This time I had a compass with me, but still I got somewhat lost in the same place as yesterday, a dense fir forest with fallen trees littering the forest floor.

I walked to lake Kantorsträsk, circled around the lake, and explored the forests east and southeast of the lake. I returned via Ylenkärr and Knikaskärr, where there are grass fields, and some sheep were grazing near the parking place.

The photographs of Prunus sargentii were taken on May 11th.

(Posting title is from the poem Mechanism by A. R. Ammons.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weather changes moods

We got some rain this evening, and afterwards I went out with the LX100, to see how spring is advancing and to take some photographs. It seems that even half a day changes things. Bird cherry is already in bloom, or at least the some bird cherry trees are.

I took a lot of photographs, with my eye glued to the EVF. I'm using a CPL filter, to try something new, and that combined with the generous amount of shallow DOF blur possible with the LX100 makes me both keen on taking photographs, and also somewhat wary, as this is a style of photography I'm not really cherishing, it feels a bit like cheating.

These photographs were taken on May 3rd.

(Posting title is from the song In Bloom by Nirvana.)

There is grandeur in this view of life

This morning I went for a walk in Sipoonkorpi National Park, north of the parking place at Källängen, to where I haven't been before. It was clouded, and I got somewhat lost, because even though I had a map with me, I forgot to take the compass.

First I climbed to Böleberget hill, and then I walked towards east along a path marked on the map. Northeast of Fågelsång there was a forest with no wide paths to follow, and here I got confused about my orientation, going towards south and then west when the plan was to go east. But it was all good, as I had interesting terrain to explore, and finally I got back to civilization when I found a field, a house and a road.

These photographs were taken in Luukki on May 10th.

(Posting title is from the poem How Evolution Came to Indiana by Philip Appleman.)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Activated in the reader’s senses beyond mere fact

Last week I got 15 hours of exercise, and so far this week 8 hours. I may have been riding the bicycle a bit too hard yesterday and today, as I was quite tired afterwards. On the other hand, I think I am now in better condition than I have been in 25 years or so.

This was an extremely busy work week, but we also got a lot of things done. It feels good.

The photographs were taken in Luukki on May 9th and 10th.

(Posting title is from the poem The Wooden Overcoat by Rick Barot.)