Thursday, 31 March 2011

Thursday Mystery

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Why is there still snow on the tennis courts but not around them?

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Watery Wednesday + Mid Week Blues

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“Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water.
And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and
stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes
than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.”
~ Groucho Marx ~

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For Watery Wednesday and Midweek Blues

Monday, 28 March 2011

Mosaic Monday + Ruby Tuesday

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Yes, I’m being lazy this week and submitting the same collage for both Mosaic Monday and Ruby Tuesday. It’s another loom (and shuttle) from the Textile Museum. If you want to see more of my pictures from there, click on the Textile Museum label below this post.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Sweet Signs of Spring

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Shadow Shot Sunday

More Yellow

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A bonus picture for the ‘Friday My Town Shoot Out’ theme…
Found these on display outside a florist’s shop in town yesterday.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Friday My Town – Yellow

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Yellow in the 60’s-70’s Swedish Design Exhibition
at the Textile Museum

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Yellow bicycle in the street

 

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Yellow in the Supermarket

 

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Daffodils on the street outside a shop

 

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And finally, snowdrops and yellow crocuses
in a garden I passed by today!!! Yay!

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Friday My Town Shoot Out

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Watery Wednesday + Mid Week Blues

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Photo from 19 March (Saturday).
Less snow again now, five days later…
Hard to keep up with the changes!

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2sweetnsaxy’s Watery Wednesday
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Rebecca’s Mid Week Blues

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Balloons

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“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
~ Winnie the Pooh ~

Monday, 21 March 2011

Mosaic Monday: Playing With Shapes

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Any idea what you’re looking at?
The collage consists of three overlapping vertical pictures,
all different angles of the building below:

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I think I showed one photo on my other blog a few weeks ago,
but last week for the first time I walked up close to the whole building.
It is the latest addition to modern architecture in our town, built in
2010 to serve as head office for a fast-growing fashion company.

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Now I’m taking liberties and playing around with it,
twisting it beyond what the architects had in mind!

Some people complain that this building is spoiling the view
of the rest of the town, when you approach it by motorway.

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Well, what would I know…
I usually approach from under the motorway!

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For more Monday Mosaics, go to Mary’s Little Red House

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Tree

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"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through
the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree,
or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines."
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) ~

Still waiting for spring here… It got delayed by another snowfall of 10 cm or so between Thursday and Friday this week! Which probably will have brought the lawn in this park back to just about the same state it was in a month ago, when I took this photo. Unlike Thoreau… I did not go back to check in person…

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Shadow Shot Sunday

Friday, 18 March 2011

Friday My Town – St Patrick’s Day

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We do not celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Sweden. Actually I have to confess that I was not aware until recently that it was celebrated anywhere but in Ireland!

So what can I bring to the table? Clover is a common plant here too in the summers – both white and red. I’m not sure if our white clover would be considered identical with the Irish shamrock or not. In my own photo archives I only managed to find the red variety.

I know that the legend says St Patrick made use of the three-leaved shamrock to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity. Here we consider it lucky if we happen to find a rare four-leaf clover among the three-leaved ones. Now this time of year it’s hard enough to even find a bit of green at all… But one day I happened to come upon a four-winged green butterfly sitting on the ground. Made of plastic, but even so… Surely that must be lucky! Well, perhaps not for whoever dropped it, I suppose… But for me it served as a sort of reminder that eventually spring will come…

Indoors I have an Oxalis plant which is also called Purple Shamrock.
I also have this nice jar with a pattern of red clover:

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“May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far.”

(An Irish Blessing)

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Friday My Town Shoot Out

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Watery Wednesday: Mid March

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Snow and ice thawing away again after the relapse into winter last week… But not all gone yet...

For more wet pictures, visit Watery Wednesday.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Warp and Woof

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“Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment.
There is not a thread that is not a twist of these two strands.”

~ R.W. Emerson ~

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To see more photos from the Textile Museum, click on that label below.

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See more RED at  Ruby Tuesday

Monday, 14 March 2011

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Do You See What I See?

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Can you see the white stag?

The Celts saw white stags as messengers from the Otherworld.
In Arthurian legend, the pursuit of the white stag
represents mankind’s spiritual quest.

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In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis,
at the end of the book, it is a White Stag that guides the children
(then Kings and Queens of Narnia) back to their own world.

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In the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling,
when Harry learns how to perform a Patronus charm to guard him
from the evil dementors, it takes the form of a White Stag.

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Corel Paint Shop Pro X
Geometric Effects: Pentagon
Reflection Effects: Kaleidoscope

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Friday My Town – Chaos (?)

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This sculpture appeared on a street in town for our sculpture festival last summer. I was hoping it would disappear again when the summer was over…! But alas - I noticed last weekend that it’s still there.

If it has been affected at all by all the snow and ice during the winter, I would not be able to tell.

The artist is Frank Stella and the name of the sculpture is Catal Hüyük. Does that clarify anything for you?

I just looked it up in Wikipedia again. I still can’t quite see it.

Catalhöyük was a Neolithic settlement in Turkey, 7500 BC to 5700 BC with an average population of 5000-8000 people living in mud-brick houses crammed together rather resembling a beehive structure, with no streets in between. The doors were on the ceilings, and ladders were used to get in and out. Archaeologists found very little rubbish inside, apparently that was all disposed of outside. Over time, houses were renewed by partial demolition and rebuilding on a foundation of rubble. Up to 18 levels of settlement have been uncovered. Graves, murals and figurines found suggest a religion rich in symbolism and possibly a matriarchal social structure.

As for this modern sculpture... If anything, when I saw it again after the winter… I hope no one takes offense if I say it made me think of  recent pictures from Christchurch. After earthquake; before rebuilding.

But of course the sculpture is not really chaos at all, since it was put together by someone who I assume had some sort of idea behind what he was doing, even if I fail to get it. (Oh. Maybe that’s it? Because the same could probably be said of those people in Catalhöyük 9000 or so years ago…)

Anyway… With ‘real’ chaos in mind… earthquakes and war zones and serious mental disorders and whatever… I had a hard time coming up with anything in my immediate neighbourhood that really deserves to fall under the title Chaos. So this was the best I could do: a thing that reminds me of things that are worse (and makes me wonder if I really need that particular kind of reminder).

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As I publish this post  – Thursday evening – there has been another kind of more ‘normal chaos’ going on outside my windows for about 30 hours. Just as we were beginning to raise our hopes of spring, we were hit by another snowstorm yesterday, still going on. Well, it seems to have turned into rain just now… But it might turn to snow again in the night… Anyway… I’m not feeling the least bit tempted to go out there to take more photos of icy slush… Have enough of those already…

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Organized chaos (kaleidoscoped slush!)

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Watery Wednesday: Hovering Ice

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Crossing a footbridge over the river, looking down…
I noticed the hovering ice formations by the riverside:
Mysteriously repetitive patterns, like fringes of ice-lace.

Watery Wednesday

Monday, 7 March 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Maypole Braider

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“Maypole Braider: 16 bobbins rotate in a zig-zag pattern. Half of these
rotate clockwise, the other half anti-clockwise. In order to provide a
stable braid, a core of threads is fed upwards through the centre hole.”

Another of the many fascinating machines at the Textile Museum!

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For more RED, visit Mary at ‘Work of the Poet’
for more Ruby Tuesday.

Mosaic Monday: More Swedish Design

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The same artist/designer (Erik Höglund) who made the glassware that I showed for Mosaic Monday two weeks ago, also worked with other materials. These objects are from the same exhibition.

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

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A wall along the river promenade
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Shadow Shot Sunday 

Friday, 4 March 2011

Friday My Town – Things Beginning With ‘S’

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Supermarket.
(School on the other side of the street.)

 

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Shopping carts.

 

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Sitting outside, silently waiting…

 

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Sniffing around a bit… ;)

 

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Self-scanning

 

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Spring on the way – Seeds on display!

 

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Sweet temptations I did not succumb to

 

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Shopping bag on snowy sidewalk.

 

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Smoothie with sea-buckthorn to strengthen myself

See what other ‘S’s people have shot
at Friday My Town Shoot Out

Thursday, 3 March 2011

“He Gave Us Eyes To See Them…”

Ginny (Let Your Light Shine) commented on my Watery Wednesday post yesterday (a green glass bottle stuck in the ice in the river) that it seems (I assume she must mean from other posts…) we don’t have much problem with litter here…

My answer was that “With the camera, one focuses on the bits that one wants to see. And editing gives even further possibility to cut out the bits one does not want to show.”

I have to confess that my camera is not really set by default on “the truth and nothing but the truth”. I think it’s more set on finding

“All things bright and beautiful … All things wise and wonderful…”
(follow the link for the full lyrics)

So unless litter happens to be sort of beautiful (like a green glass bottle magically frozen in a waterfall) - or at least extraordinary enough to cause wonder - my camera does not seek it out. That of course does not mean the litter is not there In Real Life. You just don’t get to see it, unless I choose for some special, odd reason to show it. Like today, because Ginny sort of requested it…

Scrolling through my February pictures, I realized that I did have a few more recent photos of litter. Things that did seem extraordinary enough to pass through my general “ugliness filter”…

 

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Yes, things can be found in the river which don’t belong there.

 

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Yes, empty bottles get dumped also in other places than the river. This one caught my attention, because on that day I was out “exploring”, hoping to find signs of spring… Hmm…

I bent down – ouch – and took the photo, continued my walk… Stopped. Turned back.  Picked up the (empty) bottle and carried it to a glass recycling container. (Had just struck me that I’d be passing by one anyway.) Still felt kind of awkward just walking that short distance holding it. (Never did a lot of exploring of alcohol. Prefer tea!)

 

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On closer look I could understand why the person who dropped half an orange might not have been too keen to pick it up… Yuck.

 

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Watery Wednesday: How To Keep The Bottle Cold

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I spy with my little eye… A green bottle stuck in the ice in a waterfall!

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For Watery Wednesday

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