Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Showing where he ended and the world began

The photographs were taken at the Elma event in Messukeskus, Helsinki, on November 11th.

We got 15 cm of heavy snow today. I didn't commute by bicycle, which was a wise decision as the road conditions were challenging in the afternoon. There is some snow shoveling in the program for the evening.

(Posting title is from the poem The Ancestors Explain How Envy Grew by Afaa Michael Weaver.)

Monday, December 11, 2017

That make no sense (and yet belong)

The photographs were taken at the Elma event in Messukeskus, Helsinki, on November 11th.

Last week it happened that alpacas became a symbol for those who resist nazis in Finland.

(Posting title is from the poem There Is a Birdsong at the Root of Poetry by Jennifer Moxley.)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

To touch its truth I punched my fist

The photographs were taken at Tremanskärr on November 5th.

This morning I went for a walk in Petikko, walking along the paths and taking photographs. It was rather quiet. I thought about neo-nazis and other such disturbances.

(Posting title is from the poem Departures: Chapter One by Lisa Russ Spaar.)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sitting on the earth, half immersed

The photographs were taken at Tremanskärr on November 5th.

Today the length of day is exactly six hours. The weather has been cloudy, so it feels even darker.

(Posting title is from the poem The Grey Hills of Oxford by Sina Queyras.)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Near any bogey opera glass

The photographs were taken at Tremanskärr on November 5th.

So far this year I have got 6,035 km riding the bicycle. This morning it rained, and there was snow slush and ice on the road, but the studded winter tires provided plenty of grip. In the afternoon the rain stopped, and there was no snow or ice remaining.

The length of day is now 6 hours 3 minutes, and the day will get 16 minutes shorter in 13 days.

(Posting title is from the poem Before Sextet by Bernadette Mayer.)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Its fingers sweep the ground

The photograph was taken on November 4th.

This morning the temperature was -7 °C when I started riding the bicycle, but it warmed up during the day to 1 °C. In the afternoon it started snowing, but that will turn into rain during the night.

In the beginning of this week I did some repairs to the bicycle. The rear tire had got badly worn. Earlier I have written here how good the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tire is, but it turns out there is a big drawback: they are not durable. When I inspected the tire I noticed that 1/10 of the studs were lost, and many of the remaining studs had gouged the inner tire so that it was leaking badly.

I bought a new winter tire, made by Suomi Tyres. It has only 106 studs (the Schwalbe had 240), but is seems quite robust. The price is half of the Schwalbe tire, which lasted less than 2000 km of riding. It remains to be seen how well the new tire handles the varying road conditions.

One needs to take it easy during the first 50 km of riding, so I haven't yet done any heavy braking, but otherwise I liked the way the tire performed today. There was a thin cover of packed snow on the road, slippery enough for testing winter tires. I rode through the central park. Thanks to the cold weather the paths were not muddy, but there were some hard ridges on the path in some places, and one had to take care what way to ride.

(Posting title is from the poem Little Chief by Louise Ayres Garnett.)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

He always said my eyes were blue

The photographs were taken on November 4th.

This morning I walked for 2 1/4 hours at Vaakkoi, circling the lakes and swamps. The level of flooding was remarkable. There was 1 cm of snow on the ground, and occasionally it was snowing. The sun peeked between the clouds.

This year is Finland's 100th anniversary as an independent state. Today, December 6th, is the Finnish Independence Day, and there a plenty of festivities to enjoy.

(Posting title is from the poem Mother, I cannot Mind my Wheel by Walter Savage Landor.)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Snows of a thousand winters

The photograph was taken November 4th.

This morning I walked 1 1/2 hours, climbing hills and meeting people walking dogs. A little bit of snow colored the paths white, and temperature was at -1 °C.

Yesterday and today I'm driving the car a lot. Not my favourite pastime.

(Posting title is from the poem The Wheel Revolves by Kenneth Rexroth.)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Photographed in sunlight

The photograph was taken November 4th.

This morning I walked for two hours at Paloheinä in the Central Park in Helsinki. I climbed hills, explored the nature protection area, and checked the level of flooding by the Vantaajoki river. I saw two white-tailed deer, and they didn't notice me until I was at 20 meters distance.

(Posting title is from the poem Wheel of Fire by Ishion Hutchinson.)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

My soul of flesh and blood puts a long thread in the needle's eye

The photographs were taken on November 4th.

Yesterday we had snow. This morning almost all had melted away. It was raining. I walked almost two hours along the paths and across the fields in Petikko. There were two cars at the parking place. I met a man and two dogs.

The amount of flooding is quite remarkable. Some paths that I remember being quite passable even during spring flooding are now difficult to walk even if you have tall rubber boots.

In the USA the brain-eating disease known as Donald Trump is approaching the final stages of lunacy.

(Posting title is from the poem The Wheel by Vinda Karandikar.)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Because not one in a million

The photographs were taken at Kaisaniemi botanic garden in Helsinki on November 1st.

This morning I walked for over two hours, enjoying the snowy landscape. The length of day is now 6 hours 19 minutes. I started walking well before sunrise, but because of the snow it didn't feel dark.

I took quite a lot of photographs, trying to adjust to the snowy conditions. Two LX100 batteries got drained, as well as the iPhone SE battery.

I'm flabbergasted at what is happening in the USA. Those in power seems to be keen on destroying themselves.

(Posting title is from the poem The Price is Right: A Torture Wheel of Fortune by Edward Dorn.)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Could this ticket be what you ordered, could it?

The photographs were taken at Kaisaniemi botanic garden in Helsinki on November 1st.

The depth of snow is now 9 cm, and apparently snow will remain until Sunday when there will be plenty of rain.

(Posting title is from the poem Blood on the Wheel by Juan Felipe Herrera.)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

There, in a never-ceasing round

The photographs were taken at Kaisaniemi botanic garden in Helsinki on November 1st.

They are promising quite a lot of snow for tomorrow. The bicycle needs repairs, and not only the flat tire needs to be fixed, so I'll commute by car and train.

(Posting title is from the poem The Old Water-Wheel by Clark Ashton Smith.)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Till the light is gone

The photograph was taken at Kaisaniemi botanic garden in Helsinki on November 1st.

This morning there was a little bit of snow on the road when I started riding the bicycle. During the day the snow melted away. On the way home I noticed that the tire pressure is going down. I'm not sure whether there is a puncture or a problem with the valve.

The length of day is now less than 6 1/2 hours. The weather has been rainy and clouded, so it has been dark indeed.

(Posting title is from the poem The Wheel King by Howard Nemerov.)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The illusion you could cut it from your soul

The photograph was taken in Helsinki on November 1st.

I commuted by bicycle today. In the morning there was strong headwind, and in the afternoon backwind. While commuting home it rained half of the way, and then it started snowing. So far this year I have got 5,937 km of riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem The Old Man at the Wheel by Frank Bidart.)

Monday, November 27, 2017

I waited with rain on my eyelashes

The photographs were taken at Niihama outdoor area in Tampere on October 28th.

Today I commuted by car and train. I got one hour of walking.

(Posting title is from the poem Water Wheel by Gary Soto.)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

In dream-riddled, guarded tones

The photographs were taken at Niihama outdoor area in Tampere on October 28th.

It is snowing, once again. Depth of snow is 1 cm, and it may be that the snow melts away today.

(Posting title is from the poem Wheel by Michael Palmer.)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I close a door, another door

The photographs were taken at Niihama outdoor area in Tampere on October 28th.

This morning I walked for 1 1/2 hours, and the rubber boots were useful as the paths were muddy and the swamps and ditches were flooding.

Donald Trump is seeping deeper and deeper into the mire. "The president is incorrect" applies to everything he does, not only the lies but also the mistakes and the stupidities, not to speak of the money-grabbing.

(Posting title is from the poem Grayed In by Martha Collins.)

Friday, November 24, 2017

I felt the eyes of every

The photographs were taken at Niihama outdoor area in Tampere on October 28th.

The snow from yesterday melted away during the night. It rained in the morning, and I got wet when riding the bicycle. In the afternoon the temperature rose to 7 °C, and it was still wet even though the rain stopped.

(Posting title is from the poem D.O.A. by Tim Dlugos.)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

In mild humility

The photograph was taken on October 22nd.

In the morning there was heavy headwind, up to 16 m/s, and commuting by bicycle took an hour. During the day we got 6 cm of snow, and it turned into slush. There was strong backwind, which helped, and it took an hour to get home.

(Posting title is from the poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: The Argument by William Blake.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Is being taken down, the view abandoned

The photographs were taken on October 22nd.

The snow from yesterday was melting today, but in the afternoon we got new snow. The studded winter tires were once again necessary when riding the bicycle.

The length of day is now 6 hours 57 minutes.

(Posting title is from the poem Chekhov by Howard Moss.)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Don't try to hide behind the cause

The photographs were taken on October 21st.

In the morning the depth of snow was 4 cm, and in the afternoon 2 cm, due to melting. Commuting by bicycle was otherwise ok but when big wet snowflakes were falling and hit the eyes, visibility got poor. The studded winter tires provided plenty of grip.

(Posting title is from the song Out in the fields by Gary Moore.)

Monday, November 20, 2017

But to ensure a moment’s joy

The photograph was taken on October 21st.

Today was a wet day, and there was snow and rain. I commuted by car and train, which was pleasant. It some point in the middle of day it wasn't quite so dark, but there was no hint of sun.

(Posting title is from the poem Cabin by Anne Waldman.)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the photos, china, art

The photograph was taken on October 20th in Petikko.

Today is a rainy day. In the morning I looked at the weather radar, and it seemed that the rain would be a little bit easier for an hour or so, so I went for a walk, and got quite soaked. The swamps and ditches are flooding, and water level is high in the lakes.

I need to do some repairs to the bicycle. The front tire is leaking air pressure, and I need to replace the inner tube. I'm using Marathon Winter tires, which have puncture protection, so developing a leak is bit of a surprise.

(Posting title is from the poem Come in from the Rain by Tim Dlugos.)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

There was almost a scandal

The photograph was taken on October 20th in Petikko.

This morning I walked for two hours, enjoying the early morning landscape. There was some frost and ice, and a little bit of fog in the open fields.

I met a man who wanted to say a few words. He warned that there is black ice on the road, dangerous for those who use rubber boots. Then he asked if I had some money to give to him. And then he quoted Bible and told that Donald Trump is working with the Israelis against the Israelis, hinting that Trump is the Antichrist intending to destroy the world. At this point I left, saying that the world is indeed strange, and wishing him a nice day.

But I wonder. If Trump is the Antichrist, that would fit all the lying, cheating, swindling, grabbing and molesting he has been indulging in. So maybe there was a mite of truth in what the man was saying. So, when do the righteous people in the USA realise what Trump is, and lock him up? (I'm being a bit ironic here.)

(Posting title is from the poem Dora Williams by Edgar Lee Masters.)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Could see only leaves

The photograph was taken on October 20th.

It rained this morning, and there was strong headwind when commuting by bicycle. In the afternoon there was partial headwind, but the rain had stopped. In five days I got 10 hours of exercise even though I took one rest day when I commuted by car and train.

It is remarkable how Donald Trump's cabinet members fit the stereotype of villains in old James Bond movies. They are crazy, and they crab things.

(Posting title is from the poem The Villain by Michael Benedikt.)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

And then his whole dowsing snout would

The photographs were taken on October 19th. (Photographs taken with an iPhone SE.)

Today I commuted by car and train, so this was a rest day from commuting by bicycle. For tomorrow they promise rain and warmer weather, 6 °C.

(Posting title is from the poem The Bear at the Dump by William Matthews.)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Is it a philosopher’s honeymoon, one finds

The photograph was taken in Vaakkoi on October 18th, at lake Saaren-Musta.

In three days I have got 7 1/2 hours of exercise. This morning there was black ice on the road, and I wondered why the studded winter tires are so silent, until I realized: "It's the ice, stupid!"

(Posting title is from the poem The Man on the Dump by Wallace Stevens.)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shining with light, their flight enviably free

The photograph was taken at Vaakkoi on October 18th.

Today I got 2 1/2 hours of exercise, the same as yesterday. The length of day is now 7 h 33 min, and getting shorter rather fast.

(Posting title is from the poem The Town Dump by Howard Nemerov.)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Out into the light

The photographs were taken in Luukki at lake Kaitalampi on October 17th.

Today I got 2 1/2 hours of exercise. Weather is getting cooler again, next night will be below 0 °C.

(Posting title is from the poem Summer Mowing by Jennifer Gray.)