Photo (and Poetry) Blog

It’s (almost) Christmas!


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It’s (almost) Christmas again! Tomorrow is the first advent, so OK to start with Christmas dekorations I think.


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I took a few quick photos when I was done with decorating the kitchen, more to come once we’re ready with the Christmas tree. 

And no, we haven’t bought it yet! (OK, OK, we haven’t bought it yet because we couldn’t find one. There! Yes. I love Christmas. I confess. Happy?)


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Photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.


Friday Inspiration

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Throwback Thursday: I Miss My Swedish Garden In The Summer


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Time for Part II of My Swedish Garden throwback Thursday - summer!

By the way, if you’re not interested in flowers, don’t scroll down. The only thing you’ll see are even more flowers. Come back tomorrow for a no-flowers post.


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Lavender. Butterflies love it.


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Roses. Obviously.


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Geranium.


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Peonies. I love peonies, they are my favorite flowers. 


Pink Geranium, Pink Peony, Rosa Pion, Rosa Näva


Garden, Trädgård, Summer Garden, Sommarträdgård, Peonies, Pioner


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Peonies and geraniums.


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More peonies … and salvia.


Pink Daisies


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Pink daisies.


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Dahlia. Do you know that cool pink and violet flowers attract insects? Butterflies and bees for instance. Some beautiful to watch, some very useful in a garden. 


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Carnations.


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African daisies.


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Foxglove.


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Astrantia.


Pink African Daisy (Osteospermum)


Hey! Another African daisy.


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Macedonian Scabious. Pretty funny this - in Swedish it is called ”Greek” instead of ”Macedonian”.


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Hmm … more daisies.


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A lone poppy.


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Hydrangea.


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Clematis.


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Some ”bells”, I don’t remember the type.


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Heliotrope. Butterflies love it.


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Malva.

Don’t despair, the fall and the winter garden posts will have fewer photos. But I assume that, if you made it down here, it means that you have at least some interest in gardens / flowers.


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Squirrel in Hyde Park, London


Come on, show me the nuts!


Squirrel in Hyde Park, London



A playfull and not-so-shy squirrel in Hyde Park, London.


Haiku Tuesday: The Autumn Moon


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The cause of all men’s midday naps - 

The autumn moon.


by Teitoku


Translation by Asataro Miyamori



Golden Autumn on YouTube




Monday Fun: At My Age ...

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Last Fall Days


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Mother Nature has put on an impressive show these last fall days. I was out today with two lenses, my beloved nifty-fifty and the macro, and lost all track of time. I was gone almost three hours and realized I was frozen to the bone only when I got home. I keep my fingers crossed now that I don’t get a cold. Will spend the evening with a good bok, hot cocoa and the cat by the fire.


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Photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lenses.


Friday Inspiration: Dream, Explore, Discover


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Have a great week-end!


Throwback Thursday: I Miss My Swedish Garden In The Spring

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I miss the garden we left behind when we moved from Sweden to Switzerland, so for the next four weeks the Throwback Thursday will feature it.


But "why four weeks" you ask. Well, simply because I have so many pictures that I don’t want to overwhelm you with all of them at once. You’re welcome :-)!


Pictured above: helleborus, or Christmas rose. Our used to bloom in March or April. In warmer places they do bloom around Christmas or January/February. 


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Forsythia, forget-me-nots, bleeding hearts (not blooming here), daffodils and primuls (drumstick primrose).


Daffodils


Daffodils and muscari. 


Grape Hyacinth, Muscari botryoides


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Muscari (muscari botryoides). Love them!


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Bleeding hearts.


Crocus, Krokus


Crocus, Krokus


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Crocus.


Pink Cherry Flowers


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Cherry Flowers


Cherry trees in bloom.


Spring in My Garden- Pink Tulip


Pink tulips and forget-me-nots, a classic combination I could never resist. Only beaten (with a small margin) by roses and lavender. 


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Forget-me-nots.


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Pansies and geraniums.


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Dwarf lilac. Perfect for small gardens, one to two meters high.


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Lilacs.


Three Is A Magic Number

Minette


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Minette, our tabby, last year - one year old.


Haiku Tuesday: An Old Tree Was Felled ...

Fall Colors



An old tree was felled 

Echoing, dark echoing

Thunder in the hills.


by Meisetsu


Translation by Asataro Miyamori



Monday Fun: I Just Don’t Have Time ...

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Have a great week everyone!


I’m Restless

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I’m restless.

Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.


Anaïs Nin



Friday Inspiration: Dreams Come True


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Dreams come true. Have a great week-end!



Throwback Thursday: Zurich Fall


Flower Shop, Old Town Zurich


Two years ago we went to Zurich on a ”Look & See” trip, to help decide whether we should move to Switzerland.

And Zurich of course showed itself from its best side. A similar warm and sunny fall as this year. It was a no-brainer, really.


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Lake Zurich.



Three Is A Magic Number


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And now we say goodbye to the beautiful fall weather we have had these past weeks.




Haiku Tuesday: The Autumn Tempest


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How the autumn storm roars,

Blowing along even wild boars!


by Basho


Translation by Asataro Miyamori




Monday Fun: Of course I talk to myself


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Römerholz


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The weather continues to be fabulous, and we have spent most of the week-end outdoors, going for long walks and having breakfast and lunch at our favorite café at Römerholz


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Autumn Leaves


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Römerholz Garden - I’ve taken hundred of photographs as well. I love the soft golden autumn light, it makes every simple imagine glow.


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Only one Japanese anemone was still blooming, but the seeds are beautiful as well. 


Enchanted World


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I don’t know what sort of fern this is, but it was lovely.


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Photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.



Throwback Thursday: Swiss Fall


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Time for throwback Thursday! Same day, last year. Heavy fog and snow. And very chilly. Me not like.


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Luckily fall 2014 was so much better. We have enjoyed the Indian Summer, going for long (photo) walks and having dinner outdoors. Yay!



Inspiration: Africa Book Cover


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I’m a very visual person. Oh, wait! I’m a photographer. Duh! Anyway, a lot of my inspiration comes (obviously) from all images around me, both in the real world and in form of illustrations, photographs, videos and so on. 


I’m also an ardent traveler and a voracious reader of travel books, with a special interest in the 19th century travels.


So you can imagine my joy when I got this book about the search for Livingstone with  this wonderful cover. I just knew then and there that I’ll have to come up with some photos in the same style.


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My number one problem? Selecting only a few photos from my travels in Africa, and deciding on one processing style. The three images above are my favorites.


The camel at the top was shot in Marrakesh (Morocco). Shot as in ”shot with a camera”. Not a gun. If you were wondering. I love animals too much to have any love or interest in hunting them.


Elephant and giraffe ”shot” in Pilanesberg reserve in South Africa. 


By the way, I warmly recommend Pilanesberg if you are interested in going on a safari. It’s close to Johannesburg (i.e. airport, about two hours by car), it has all animals you want to see and, best of all, there’s no malaria there. The Kruger Park is very popular and a good safari destination as well, but there’s malaria and you do need malaria shots before you go there. The rain season is coming up, so make sure you check the weather before making any plans!


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I didn’t have the heart not to show the other photos, I like them as well. They’re just … well, a different style.


Camel in Morocco, giraffe and zebra in South Africa.


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Last photos. Same, same i.e. Morocco and South Africa.


The book? It’s brilliant, very good and interesting read. The original is called ”Into Africa” and you can find it here


The man himself, Livingstone, was a bore though. Well, let’s not say the man, but in any case his book about his adventures in Africa. It will bore you to death. I don’t recommend that one.



Golden Autumn

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Golden autumn collage.


Photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.



Indian Summer

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October has been fantastic, sunny and warm, and November seems to have gotten a very good start too. 


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This is how autumn should look like!


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Photos taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.



October extinguished itself


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October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.


J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix




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