Thursday, August 17, 2017

Is always repeating itself

The photographs were taken on July 20th in Helsinki.

Is there much else to say except that racism is a cancer that needs to be removed? The same applies to Trump.

(Posting title is from the song Waterloo by ABBA.)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It makes you bad, bad

The photograph was taken on July 13th.

Yesterday it became evident without doubt that the President of United States is a supporter of nazis. In World War II the United States lost 407,300 people, most of whom were military. Now there are evil racists showing the nazi flag within the country, with the blessing of Trump. Who would have thought that something like this would be possible.

(Posting title is from the poem My Sister Says White Supremacy Is Turning Her Crazy by Morgan Parker.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

That'll be our little secret

The photograph was taken in Helsinki on July 9th.

It seems that the time of the slavery is quite a painful topic in the US. Have people learned anything from history?

Also, there doesn't seem to be a limit on how low Trump can go on.

(Posting title is from the poem We Thought by Susan Lewis.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Talk this over like rational actors

Photographs of “Silent People” (“Hiljainen kansa” in Finnish), a creation of artist Reijo Kela, were taken at Suomussalmi on July 5th.

This morning I walked for 2 1/2 hours at Sipoonkorpi National Park, exploring the swamps. I found some cloudberries for tasting, as well as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

I thought about nazi deplorables while walking, the evil they are perpetrating. The White House is these days a nest of vipers. Abhorrent.

(Posting title is from the poem Let’s by Susan Lewis.)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

To those who call evil good

The photograph was taken at Vuokatti on July 4th.

Even though I abhor violence, today I feel great sympathy towards those who wish to punch nazis. It is remarkable how Trump and his minions protect neo-nazis and white supremacists, even though 73% of mass killings in the US since 1983 have been committed by white men. Well, perhaps this isn't so remarkable given that 90 years ago Trump's father was arrested at a KKK rally in Queens.

(Posting title is from the song If You Had A Vinyard by Sinead O'Conner.)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I'll look for you

The photographs were taken at Vuokatti on July 4th.

This morning I walked for 1 1/2 hours in Petikko, tasting cranberries and blueberries. It remains to be seen how hot it will get today. The weather forecast promises 25 °C, and 30-40 mm of rain, accompanied by thunder.

(Posting title is from the poem So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III) by Tom Lehrer.)

Friday, August 11, 2017

I set the world on fire

The photographs were taken at lake Hiisijärvi, which is an interesting place to visit because of the white sand dunes.

I wrote another poem about Trump, or tried at least.

I love dark money,
building golden towers,
and admire myself in the mirrors.
Poisoning air, earth and water
I set the world on fire.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I hide behind the golden door!

These photographs were taken at Vuokatti on July 3rd.

Today, inspired by Guardian, I tried writing a poem about Trump, but failed. Here is the attempt anyway.

You are fired, you poor!
I pollute the air you breathe,
and wreck the road to my beaches.
Storms torment you,
I hide behind the golden door!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

You love how she only wears her glasses with you

The photographs were taken on July 3rd in Kajaani.

It is remarkable that the country that feels to be the most dangerous to the future of the world is the United States. Quite a change in six months or so.

(Posting title is from the poem You Love, You Wonder by Brenda Shaughnessy.)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

And to tell the truth, if it shattered, what would I do?

The photographs were taken on July 3rd at Valtavaara hill in Ruka, Kuusamo.

Today I realized that when uploading photographs to Flickr a setting had changed, and the photographs were not publicly available for browsing. This happened some time ago already, and the latest 2,100 photographs were not visible to other viewers besides myself. I changed the visibility so that they are now available for viewing.

(Posting title is from the poem “What potion should I give the night so she’ll always wonder?” by Abraham Sutzkever.)

Monday, August 7, 2017

So what if people stare

The photographs were taken at Ruka in Kuusamo on July 2nd.

This morning I rode the bicycle around the airport, getting 42 km of riding in two hours. When I came home I realized that some people are able to run the same distance in two hours.

(Posting title is from the poem The Toothless Wonder by Phil Bolsta.)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Before take-off, before we find ourselves

The photographs were taken at Ruka on July 2nd, showing Rukatunturi hills. The white plastic covers hide piles of show, stored for the autumn for the beginning of the ski season.

One of the things which I like about London is the multitude of cultures living together, and the glimpses of enjoyment of life one can see on the streets.

In Finland there is much less of this happening, which is a pity, and I do hope things will improve. Immigration is important for many reasons, not only because of the economy which benefits of new people coming in. There are less and less children in Finland, so we need immigration to cope with the challenges of aging population. Also, because Finland has been isolated, there are unfortunately quite a lot of hereditary diseases, and widening the gene pool (so to speak) would be rather beneficial. I really don't understand the arguments of people who oppose these benefits.

(Posting title is from the poem Don't You Wonder, Sometimes? by Tracy K. Smith.)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Everything looked like home

The photographs were taken on July 2nd while walking along the Valtavaara route at Ruka in Kuusamo.

Spending some time in London was rewarding although it was also exhausting. Most things were fine, but traveling in London posed problems.

We bought London travelcards, but they never worked at the underground gates. Well, once it happened that the children got through ok, and only my ticket generated an error message, but usually all the cards failed, giving error messages at gates, either "Seek assistance" or error code 09.

Luckily there was always a person somewhere near the gates to ask for help, and by showing the ticket we were able to pass the gates.

In bus traffic there were no devices for reading travel cards. One showed the ticked to the driver and that was fine.

In retrospect it would have been better to buy Oyster cards for traveling, but I'm not sure they would have worked any better, because lots of people seemed to have trouble passing the gates, even people with Oyster cards.

(Posting title is from the poem We wonder at our shifting capacities by Anna Moschovakis.)

Friday, August 4, 2017

There, no one to tell what to do

Here are two pairs of photographs, taken at the Valtavaara hill route in Kuusamo on July 2nd. Two of the photographs were taken with the LX100, two with the iPhone SE. Can you spot the difference?

After a week of traveling to London I'm back in Finland, and it is raining, heavily.

And oh the awful wonder of what is happening with Trump. I do hope truth and openness will win this case.

(Posting title is from the poem Wonder as Wander by Sharon Olds.)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

All day he draws and imagines

The photographs were taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

While traveling to London with the children I have got three to five hours of walking each day. In six days I learned Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Holland Park quite well.

One thing which felt a bit strange was the people who rode the bicycle within the car traffic, changing lanes rapidly, not even minding the wet road surface making it slippery. I wonder how many traffic accidents hit the cyclists each year.

(Posting title is from the poem Apparition of the Exile by Bruce Weigl.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The two absent ones: you and I

The photograph was taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

I have explored the parks in London. Today morning I visited Holland Park, having a look at Kyoto Garden. This is a place I really liked. After noon it started to rain, and this will continue for some time. I guess it might be worthwhile to take a walk when the rain eases a bit.

(Posting title is from the poem The Horse Fell Off the Poem by Mahmoud Darwish.)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Praise the great windows where immigrants from the kitchen

The photographs were taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

Once again I walked around Hyde Park in the morning, looking at riders, runners, cyclists and other walkers. At noon we explored Kensington Gardens. Later today there are Harry Potter things to see.

(Posting title is from the poem Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100 by Martín Espada.)

Monday, July 31, 2017

How many reels exhaust the image history of the person

The photographs were taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

Early this morning I had a look at horse riding at Rotten Row, getting 1 1/2 hours of walking. Then we went to London Zoo, checking out especially the reptiles. Some of them reminded me of Trump and his minions. No, not really, it is unfair to compare reptiles with the awfullness of the Orange One.

(Posting title is from the poem “I Came Out of Habitations Where Warmth Filled My Feet and Loins” by Calvin Bedient.)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Would expose the holes in the soles of his shoes

The photographs were taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

Today I got quite a lot on walking in London, early in the morning at Hyde park, and later on visiting Sea Life aquarium, and King's Cross (Harry Potter stuff, of course). Two batteries of the LX100 were exhausted in the process.

(Posting title is from the poem What is this about losing respect? by Mark Rudman.)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

When we embrace, we are not an island

The photographs were taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

I'm currently in London, traveling with the children. We did some shopping and sightseeing. I plan to take some photographs later today.

(Posting title is from the poem Confluence by Yusef Komunyakaa.)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Images of what might be

The photographs were taken on July 1st while visiting the Sallatunturi fells in Salla, Lapland.

I'll be traveling the next few days, to London, so there may be a break in the postings here. But I'll take a lot of photographs, so there will be plenty of material to go through later on.

(Posting title is from the poem Carnal by Jocelyn Saidenberg.)