Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tell me now it's untrue

Here are two more photographs of the capercaillie which was so friendly towards me in Nuuksio last Thursday.

(Posting title is from the song Janie's Got a Gun by Aerosmith.)

Friday, February 23, 2018

This joy, it swallows itself far too soon!

The photographs were taken yesterday morning in the north parts of Nuuksio, within a swamp that is circled by hills from all sides. It is the time of courtship display for capercaillies. Never before has it happened that one of the birds comes to present himself to me, and was not afraid at all.

The bird followed me a couple of hundred meters across the swamp, and I took a lot of photographs, but had to leave because my fingers and toes were getting cold as the temperature was at -22 °C.

I even took three short video clips, even though I usually never use the LX100 for taking videos. When I listen to the sound in the video, it almost feels as if the bird would be trying to say "isä", which means "father" in Finnish. (Thanks to Atso Almila‏ for pointing this out on Twitter.)

(Posting title is from the poem Bay Window Lauds by Marcus Wicker.)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What was does not console

The photograph was taken on January 20th.

Yesterday I walked for two hours in Nuuksio with my daughter, walking across lake Kattilajärvi and lake Vääräjärvi. It was cold, -18 °C, and sunny to such a degree that one had to squint. We met only one person, and he was warming up by open fire by lake Vääräjärvi.

(Posting title is from the poem Disenchantment Bay by Timothy Murphy.)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All bare now except

The photograph was taken in Petikko on January 14th.

Temperature dropped to -18 °C during the night. I'm planning to go for a walk in Nuuksio today, to enjoy the bright snow fields.

(Posting title is from the poem Elk at Tomales Bay by Tess Taylor.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This rough blanket

The photograph was taken on January 13th.

I'm planning a long walk this morning. The temperature is -16 °C, one of the coldest days so far this winter.

(Posting title is from the poem Nowhere Near Hudson’s Bay by Leslie McGrath.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Above the soft sweep of the breathless bay

The photographs were taken on January 10th at Majvik.

I walked this morning for two hours, exploring the 20-30 cm deep snow fields in Petikko. It was bright even though the sun was low on the horizon.

(Posting title is from the poem In the Bay by Algernon Charles Swinburne.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Now, this is it

The photographs were taken on January 8th at Sipoonkorpi.

We are having cold weather, -12 °C in the morning. And plenty of sunshine. The length of day is 9 h 26 min, which feels great.

(Posting title is from the poem "Behold, the grave of a wicked man" by Stephen Crane.)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

And instantly

The photographs were taken on January 8th at Sipoonkorpi.

Today was a sunny day. I went for a walk in the afternoon, enjoying the brightness of snow.

(Posting title is from the poem "Once there came a man" by Stephen Crane.)

Friday, February 16, 2018

The fact has not created in me

The photographs were taken on January 8th at Sipoonkorpi.

I commuted by bicycle today, and road conditions were better than yesterday. So far this year I have got 638 km riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane.)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

As the wind deposits

The photograph was taken on January 7th.

I repaired the bicycle yesterday evening, and commuted by bicycle today. It was slippery, and the studded winter tires were crucial.

(Posting title is from the poem Chaplinesque by Hart Crane.)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Held his heart in his hands

The photograph was taken on January 7th.

This morning when I started the bicycle commute to work, the front brake got stuck and the wheel didn't turn. Fortunately I was still close to home, so I returned and looked at what was wrong. The rim had got broken, and the broken part hit the brake pad. I didn't start repairing the bicycle but commuted instead by car and train. Now I have some repairs to do during the evening.

(Posting title is from the poem In the Desert by Stephen Crane.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Should the wide world roll away

The photographs were taken on January 6th.

I commuted by bicycle today, and got 2 hours 15 minutes of riding. Snow was melting, and the narrow tire in the back cut into the snow, and this made riding hard and slow.

(Posting title is from the poem Should the Wide World Roll Away by Stephen Crane.)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Almost no shadow ⎯ but the air’s thin talk

The photographs were taken on January 4th.

The weather is warming up, and for tomorrow the weather forecast promises +0 °C, so the roads will be wet and slippery.

(Posting title is from the poem The Air Plant by Hart Crane.)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

I was disturbed at this

The photographs were taken on January 3rd.

I did some repairs to the bicycle today. I replaced and tweaked the brake pads, cleaned and oiled the chain, and replaced the broken bell with a new one.

(Posting title is from the poem "I saw a man pursuing the horizon" by Stephen Crane.)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

But by your hand’s

The photographs were taken on January 2nd at Petikko.

I went for a walk this morning, wearing tall rubber boots, and when walking downhill an icy road I fell down. Luckily neither I or the camera in my hand got hurt, but still it was a reminder to be careful out there.

(Posting title is from the poem Crane by David Yezzi.)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Their blue-black eyes barely open

The photographs were taken on January 1st.

This week I have got nine hours of exercise. This year I have got 537 km riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem Ballad of the Clyde’s Water by Marion McCready.)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Each is another and no other

The photographs were taken on January 1st.

This morning I drove the car to a repair shop. In the afternoon I talked with the auto mechanic, and it turned out there was nothing wrong with the motor, just a piece of metal loose and making noise against the exhaust pipe. However, the car window that was stuck in the down position required some work for the old motor to be replaced.

(Posting title is from the poem Wind, Water, Stone by Octavio Paz.)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In the negative shade someone is afloat

The photographs were taken on January 1st, 2018.

I commuted by bicycle today, but it was slow going because there was 5-10 cm of new snow on the road. It took 65 minutes to get to work, and the same time back home.

(Posting title is from the poem Water Water Water Wind Water by Juan Felipe Herrera.)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I watch them as they pick

The photographs were taken on December 31st, 2017.

We got some new snow today, making the roads slippery because there is ice under the snow. When riding the bicycle one has to take care because the ice bumps and ridges are not visible through the snow.

I have been rather happy with the footwear: Specialized Elite TR shoes and GripGrab RaceThermo overshoes. The shoes which I bought last summer are size 48, one size larger than my old shoes, and when I let the straps a bit loose I can wear two layers of socks. The overshoe is made of 2 mm neoprene, which provides a nice amount of insulation. In addition, I used some duck tape inside the shoe to give a bit of extra insulation to the bottom of the shoe.

(Posting title is from the poem Out of Water by Marie Ponsot.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Not our true, intimate nature, stained

The photographs were taken at Juvanmalmi industrial area on December 30th, 2017.

I commuted by bicycle today. It was cold, -9 °C in the morning and -8 °C in the afternoon, and the hard wind made it feel colder. The new three-finger winter gloves by Craft were a good investment. Even though they are lightweight they keep the fingers warm.

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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Matters in the end. Or so I thought.

The photographs were taken on December 29th, 2017.

This morning I walked for almost two hours, starting well before sunrise. Because of snow it wasn't dark, and the cold weather (-13 °C) had frozen the paths. It seems that we will have cold and dry weather for a while, for a week at least. That is good.

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018

To hold back chaos I transformed

The photographs were taken at Kytäjä-Usmi outdoor are in Hyvinkää on December 28th, 2017.

This morning I walked for 2 1/4 hours, exploring the snowy fields at Petikko. There was 15-25 cm of unbroken snow on the ground. Well, unbroken except for some deer tracks.

(Posting title is from the poem The Water Diviner by Dannie Abse.)

Friday, February 2, 2018

So many things

The photographs were taken at Kytäjä-Usmi outdoor are in Hyvinkää on December 28th, 2017.

I commuted by bicycle on only two days this week. Still, I got over seven hours of exercise: four hours riding the bicycle, 1 1/2 hours shoveling snow and 1 1/2 hours walking.

(Posting title is from the poem And Now She Has Disappeared in Water by Diane Wakoski.)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Look around to see is anyone watching?

The photographs were taken by lake Suolijärvi at Kytäjä-Usmi outdoor are in Hyvinkää on December 28th, 2017.

We got plenty of snow today. Commuting by train went well, but because of the snow it took some effort to get the car moving from the parking place at the station. The weather station at Helsinki-Vantaa airport got crazy, claiming the the depth of snow is 54 cm when yesterday it was 6 cm. I think the actual depth of snow is 30-35 cm.

(Posting title is from the poem Bottled Water by Kim Dower.)