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This post contains quick snaps, and that’s never good news! Uh-oh. I was just saying a couple of posts ago that I wanted to focus on quality and here I am. But what can I say? I can’t resist participating in the WPC, and its theme this week is A Face in the Crowd. As I’ve said before, I don’t like taking (or posting) photos of strangers unless they are totally unrecognizable… simply because I wouldn’t want to be photographed myself and then posted somewhere without my knowing. (If you ask...

Sweet is the WPC prompt. Sweets don’t last long in our household. No pictures available. Not that you could tell, but the above photo is from Uruguay, where this sweet drink didn’t last long either. The sweet, bright yellow hibiscus flowers in our living room remind me of Hawaii. The blossoms last only a couple of weeks each year… but they look beautiful all faded and dried up, too. Such a sweet destiny. And now I’m drawn to some garden photos from a sweet summer...

My little blog turned three this week – a chubby toddler running around curious and uninhibited! A big thanks to all of you for your interest and support! I truly appreciate your visits and love our comment chats! To celebrate this milestone, as I’ve done the two previous times, I’m going to recap the past blogging year (February to January) in a gallery and highlight some links. I didn’t do this when 2017 ended because I was saving my recap for this very occasion. A photo from each blogging...

Today, I’ve been thinking about blogging. I recently received some nice comments from a blog/website and then, like getting the bill at a restaurant after a nice meal, they asked me would I please follow them. What are your thoughts on comments like these? Do you reply? Do you mark them as spam? Do you do what they asked and follow them? I almost replied that this isn’t how the blogging world works, though I know Instagram, Twitter and other social media work very much like this. But then I...

-Again! Aaah, those grown-ups are so needy and touchy-feely! All the time, they keep wanting to hold me! -I know what you mean! Sometimes I feel like saying to them, please try to cope on your own for a few minutes! -I wish they’d at least try to be quick. I have things to do, people! Crawling and playing don’t get done by themselves! -Exactly! I’m constantly comforting them too. These big people need hugs all the time! -And what’s up with all this changing of clothes? Mom really seems to...

To balance out my karma, a couple of winter sunsets from Finnish Lapland (Kittilä, 2014) – a sunset is a sunset, even in the winter! Enjoy your...

Dear Friends, How should I break this to you? I think I’ll just be blunt and blurt it out. Winter Wonderland does not exist. It’s an illusion. Helsinki, very proud of its snow-how,was in complete chaos today: there was a blizzard. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise, since it’s mid-winter here. But public transport halted as trams slid off their rails and buses off the streets. Tram stops were filled with half of Helsinki, optimistically thinking that if a tram did arrive, they would all...

Nature vs Man… Iguazú, Argentina, Dec...

Cinque Terre, Italy (2016) – Inspired by WPC: Variations of a...

I used to collect car photos. Whenever I passed an interesting one in the streets of Helsinki, I snapped a picture. Some pictures were of too poor quality to post here, being quick iPhone shots while walking by. (Maybe I should learn to stop walking while taking pictures, that might help.) Looking at these pics, it seems as if the cool cars only come out in the summer. Or maybe it’s me! …These aren’t the only cars on my blog – for a couple of cuties see here,andhere, and for a confused car,...

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I was just thinking about how I still have so many photos from Patagonia (Nov-Dec 2014) that I haven’t posted yet, and that I would like to. Come on then, let’s go already! If you’re in the mood for more, I invite you to visit my image portfolio orthis postabout a stray watchdog! For a quick read, I recommend this one. As always, thanks for joining me on this little...

The Bosphorus Strait, June 2012 The Bosphorus has been calling me for a while now. Not to visit, but to present in images! It surprised me. Who knew that there were dolphins in the middle of Istanbul? I need to emphasize, not just any old city, but Istanbul. It’s as chaotic, dirty, and loud as they come. And dolphins… they seem to me like the exact opposite. On a touristic boat ride, I quickly learned how to spot some of the dolphins: by watching the birds. Whenever there was a large flock...

“Where I would have been with a different plan Like the tide upon the sand It washed away from me Opportunities to where I stand Sometimes I feel so empty handed We’re not the only ones Who will understand me It’s such a sacrifice inside Somebody clear these stormy skies It’s such a sacrifice inside Somebody clear these stormy skies We’ll never ever loose sight of our goals Won’t let go And even tough were a little bit older The truth is colder Got to work… got to make that money I hope...

Take my hand Let’s go Into the green Tell me what you’re seeing Happy 2018...