Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Fiddlesticks!

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From a performance by young violinists in the Town Square.

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Ruby Tuesday at Work of the Poet

Monday, 30 May 2011

Mosaic Monday: Rain

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

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Friday, 27 May 2011

Friday My Town: Spin–Drop-Rest

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Excuse me… My head is spinning today,
so I think I’ll just drop this and get some rest

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(Photo from my archives, October 2009)

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See more takes on this theme at My Town – Mr Linky
(Mr Linky does not seem to be up yet as I’m posting this though!)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Watery Wednesday: Fountain

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Get wet at Watery Wednesday

Ruby Tuesday: Tulips

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Sandra wanted to see more of the tulips from yesterday’s collage,
so here they are again - for Sandra, and for Ruby Tuesday!

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With the new camera I’ve become a proper paparazzi.
I can now zoom in people from across the river!
At the same time the camera managed to keep the tulips in pretty
sharp focus as well. I’m enjoying myself exploring the possibilities.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Mosaic Monday: Celebration

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Borås won a Town Centre of the Year Award (‘Årets Stadskärna’).
And celebrated on Saturday with sunshine, free balloons and cake!
(See more pictures from the event at Beyond the Lone Island.)

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Visit Mary’s Little Red House for more Monday Mosaics

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Path

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“Life is not a state, it is a movement.”
~ Paul Tournier ~

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Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Friday, 20 May 2011

Sky Watch Friday: Panorama Views

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Tried out the panorama feature on my new camera this morning…
From the football field, and from a bridge over the river.

Apple Blossom (Friday My Town – Flowers)

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Apple trees in the orchard part of a park I visited last week

 

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▲   Two varieties of crab apple trees   ▼
(in the neighbourhood where I live)

 

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The first four pictures were shot last week with my old camera. The last four I took yesterday with my new camera (Casio Exilim EX-H30), bought this week. I haven’t really had much chance to get properly acquainted with it yet. For one thing most of this week has been wet and windy, and for another, as simple as the camera may look at first sight, the complete user’s guide comprises 178 pages… ;)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Watery Wednesday: Ready, Steady… Go!

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A couple of more pictures from the bird sanctuary lake.
The gulls like to sit each on their own pole, waiting…
Until they spot FOOD!

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Watery Wednesday

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Black Swans

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More pictures from the bird sanctuary.
The black swan comes from Australia.

The two kinds of swans that ‘belong’ in Sweden are both white – mute swans, and whooper swans. In the bird sanctuary however, besides the black ones, they also have a couple of black-necked ones, which are native to South America. But this time I only spotted the black ones.

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Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Cherry Blossom Trees

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There are more of these cherry blossom trees to be seen at my other blog: Beyond the Lone Islands/Weekend Reflections. Aren’t they just gorgeous? I just can’t stop myself from taking more pictures every time I pass them, even though I know I already have lots of them!

This post here I had intended to link to ‘Skywatch Friday’; but the Skywatch post for this week seems to still be missing after the Blogger crash. Never mind, perhaps some of my regular followers will find my post anyway! ;)

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Please scroll down or follow the link for my ‘Friday My Town’ post, which was also posted late because of the Blogger crash.

Friday My Town – Hospital

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I have a long and complex ‘relationship’ with the hospital in my town, having worked there as well as been a patient. I still go there twice a week, most of the year, for exercises in the heated Rehab pool. I don’t usually bring the camera on these visits, but this week I did – having this theme in mind!

In the first collage you see the present main entrance (top left), the old entrance (bottom left), and the separate Rehab building (bottom right). As you can see, the hospital keeps being added to and rebuilt – and in different styles. It seems to be a never-ending job.

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In this collage you have the Emergency entrance (bottom left), the helicopter landing space right across the road from there (top left), the newest hospital wing (top right), and a walkway behind the Rehab building.

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These birds made of glass hover over the modern entrance hall. There is quite a lot of art in the hospital corridors. I’ve been thinking many times that some day I should bring the camera and just go exploring; with no other purpose in mind. But somehow I never get round to it! (On my regular visits I usually either have too much stuff to carry, or too many other things on my mind...)

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Downstairs from the entrance hall, there is a hospital museum. Serves to remind you that not everything was better in “the good old days”, I suppose… ;)

The last picture is a view through the window on one of the top floors, taken last summer when I was there as visitor. That was in July, so a deeper shade of green than we have now. The yellowish big building (just to the right of the middle) houses a rehab facility too but connected to ‘primary’ health care, and not part the hospital.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Out Of Touch…

It’s Friday evening, and Blogger has been down all day. It just seems to have come back on, but my lost Thursday posts are not back yet. I think I’ll wait until tomorrow and see how it goes before I try to repost anything, or to publish new photo posts. (Thankful for Windows Live Writer which enables me to save drafts locally…)

Earlier today Blogger had this message up on Twitter:

"To get Blogger back to normal all posts since 7:37am PT on Wed 5/11 have been temp removed. We expect everything to be back to normal soon"

A few hours later there was another Twitter message to say that they had started to restore the messages that had been removed.

Just now Blogger seems to be back on, but not the posts from yesterday that they had to remove – and on top of that, now their Twitter page (or even all of Twitter?) seems to have gone down. So I don’t trust that they’ve quite got things under control yet… ;)

In spite of still having internet access, and email, and Facebook, I have felt strangely “cut off from the world” today!

Hope to “see you” all again soon!

 

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Watery Wednesday: Immigrants

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Swans or Geese? Actually these are Swan Geese – I think… They come from Siberia or China; but live in a bird sanctuary lake here in my town (in south west Sweden).

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The lake is a beautiful place and serves as a sort of sanctuary to a lot of human hearts as well. Not far from here, there is a residential area where a lot of immigrants and refugees from other cultures live. On my walk around the lake, I met several women wearing veils, which indicates that they came here from some other part of the world.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Life Buoy

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Another photo from Ålgården; you can see 
a glimpse of the old mill in the background.

The flowers on the ground are Wood Anemones.
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For more RED, visit Ruby Tuesday

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Mosaic Monday: Wood Anemone

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The Wood Anemone (Anemone Nemorosa) is probably more closely associated with Swedish spring than any other wild flower.

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

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Half-hidden Oasis

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On the outskirts of busy town life, there is a half-hidden oasis called Ålgården: originally an old mill, then water works, then museum, and now artists’ gallery and workshops. I already showed some views from there on my other blog, for Weekend Reflections. But since I took a lot of photos, why not give you an expanded tour of the place here, and show some of the other buildings as well.

This is also where I saw the Orange Tip Butterfly in the previous post.

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I don’t know the original purpose of this little tower.
Some sort of pump house, perhaps?

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Views from the other side of the river:

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Welcome to also visit my main blog: Beyond the Lone Islands