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.)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The lid over each eye

The photograph was taken in Luukki on October 17th.

This morning I walked two hours, exploring nearby forests and swamps. The swamps and ditches are flooding, because of rain and melted snow. The water level is higher than it was last spring.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Glitter to a magpie’s covetous eye

The photograph was taken in Luukki on October 17th. The red sun was remarkable, caused by dust in the air.

(Posting title is from the poem A Woman on the Dump by Debora Greger.)

Friday, November 10, 2017

And then with a surprised blank look

The photograph was taken in Luukki by lake Kaitalampi on October 17th.

I commuted by bicycle on five days this week, getting 9 1/2 hours of exercise. So far this year I have got 5,631 km of riding the bicycle. By the end of the year I should get over 6,000 km, but I won't reach 6,500 km which I got last year.

(Posting title is from the poem The Crystal Lithium by James Schuyler.)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

As shadow, a light and body must be here

The photograph was taken in Luukki by lake Kaitalampi on October 17th.

The length of day is now less than 8 hours, which means that we are really in the dark season. The day will shorten to less than six hours, but then it will start brightening again.

(Posting title is from the poem A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day by John Donne.)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My point is that the line is fraudulent

The photographs were taken at Malminkartano hill in Helsinki on October 16th.

There were some local elections in the USA, and Trump and his minions lost bigly. Maybe people are waking up and/or behaving like adults?

(Posting title is from the poem Nothing Is Really Hard but to Be Real by John Ciardi.)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I like the sober colors—not the wet

The photographs were taken at Malminkartano hill in Helsinki on October 16th.

Temperature dropped below 0 °C during the night, and there were some icy spots on the road. To help those who walk, gravel has been spread in some places to cope with slippery conditions, but for riding the bicycle this is bad.

(Posting title is from the poem A Friendly Address by Thomas Hood.)

Monday, November 6, 2017

We dream the dream of extirpation

The photograph was taken on October 16th.

In a previous posting I wrote: "I thought about stereotypes, for example the feeling that many people from the USA are not really grown up even though they may look like adults." One thing which fits this stereotype extreme well is gun ownership. Only people who haven't grown up can allow such a lax attitude to guns as is the case in the USA.

(Posting title is from the poem Kills bugs dead by Harryette Mullen.)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Grant in this obscurity a little light

The photographs were taken on October 15th.

This morning I walked for 1 1/2 hours at Tremanskärr, exploring the swamps that were flooding. Some snow still remains.

(Posting title is from the poem Idiot Psalm 12 by Scott Cairns.)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

She spreads the blessing wide as human kin

The photographs were taken on October 15th.

This morning I walked for 2 1/2 hours at Timmermalmi nature protection area, exploring the swamps, which were flooding due to melting snow. I thought about stereotypes, for example the feeling that many people from the USA are not really grown up even though they may look like adults. And when you meet US people the stereotype usually doesn't hold, but still it persists. And then Donald Trump is elected president, and that fits completely the stereotype. Who except people who are not adults would elect Trump?

(Posting title is from the poem Slavery by Hannah More.)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Men are fools to invest in real estate

The photographs were taken on October 15th.

I commuted by bicycle on four days this week, and got eight hours of exercise. The weather has been dry. I have been riding the bicycle through the central park in Helsinki, as the paths are no longer so muddy. I met a horse this morning, which was a nice start for the day.

(Posting title is from the poem Chomei at Toyama by Basil Bunting.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It all looks different, right to left

The photograph was taken on September 14th.

(Posting title is from the poem Scenes of Life at the Capital by Philip Whalen.)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The color, the density of the surroundings

The photograph was taken on October 14th.

We are having cold and dry weather, but for the weekend the weather forecast promises somewhat warmer. Today I commuted by car and train, but tomorrow I'm once again riding the bicycle.

In Finland, the amount of taxes carried for each person and company is public information. Today was the day the information was released for the year 2016, and this produced quite a lot of interest and discussions.

(Posting title is from the poem Pyrography by John Ashbery.)