Friday, 30 November 2012

Friday My Town: Things That Look Like Faces

I’ve not been out with the camera this week, and to be honest I haven’t had the FMTSO theme in mind at all. Until today… and today I have not been out. I’ve been baking. Swedish saffron buns called “lussekatter” – “Lucia cats”, which belong in our Advent traditions. 

So I made these two specially for you.

They may look more like squirrels than cats, but at least I tried!


The more traditional shape is like those on the right, below:


The last time I was out with the camera was last Friday, and then I went looking in shop windows…

Found some electric candlesticks with faces:


There’s a very light first snowfall going on outside my windows as I write – a very thin layer of white powdering the ground.

Happy 1st Advent weekend, everyone!  / Monica


Monday, 26 November 2012

Dalecarlian Style Buddy Bear

2012-11-24 Buddy Bears

Street artist painting a Buddy Bear in the shopping mall.

2012-11-24 Buddy Bears1

I swear I could hear the Bear say:
- Hey, buddy, you’re tickling me!!!

An exhibition of over 100 Buddy Bears will be coming to town in December, and you’ll be seeing more of them then!


If you’re wondering about the pattern on this particular one, it’s obviously inspired by the Swedish Dalecarlian Horses (link goes to an older blog post of mine where I explain about those). And I suspect the artist must be the same man who did this street mural back in the summer:




Linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House,
Ruby Tuesday 2 and Our World Tuesday

Friday, 23 November 2012

FMTSO: At Rest, At Play or In-Between

I did not have a clue what to do with this theme in the month of November. The added question “How do you spend your free time?” is absolutely no help at all since either I have no free time or nearly all my time is free time, depending on which way you want to look at it.

So what to do? Scrolling through my photo archives (that’s one way to spend Time), I found these old favourites from our town Zoo (taken on a couple of different occasions):

2011-08-13 zoo








Now I’m curious to see how others treated this theme…

Monday, 19 November 2012

Ruby Tuesday Mini


I’m hopeless when it comes to recognizing/remembering car names… But I think this is a Morris Mini Cooper?

For Ruby Tuesday 2

Friday, 16 November 2012

Friday My Town – Self Portraits


At the Art Museum, June 2012:

Exhibition - Selected Works by Alison Shotz





An old favourite from December 2010: Facing the “Barcode” mirror artwork on a wall in town, also reflecting the town park on the other side of the river.



Self portrait taken with the camera’s self timer, July 2012.
Edited in Picasa 3 (+ PicMonkey to add the floral symbol)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday Silhouettes








… will be turning into winter …


… and winter once more into spring …

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Ruby Tuesday: November Colours


Not much colour left in Nature in November, but the bare branches of these bushes still provide a splash of red along the edge of a cemetery close to where I live. I’m not sure what they’re called. The yellow tree on the left is a larch tree. Larches are conifers and yet decidious, which means that unlike fir and pine their needles turn yellow and fall off in the late autumn, leaving the trees leafless through the winter.


Find more RED at Ruby Tuesday


Monday, 5 November 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Rose Hip


This is a photo from 21 October, and much has happened in Nature since then; but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a bit of colour here, does it?

For Ruby Tuesday

Macro Monday: To Freeze Or Not to Freeze


One day last week, I was puzzled to find this green plant free of frost, while a patch of dead leaves right next to it was all covered in white.

Macro Monday

Friday, 2 November 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Repetition

There’s a lot of repetition going on in Nature this time of year…

Raindrops falling…


Leaves dropping to the ground…


Frosty nights doing their job…



And even an itsy bitsy snow-fairy sprinkling a few crystals about now and then…



… and of course, we humans do our bit to follow, too:


The first Christmas decorations in the supermarkets turned up around mid-October, and no doubt there will be a lot more repetition of that kind over the next two months!


To see what other patterns of repetition people have found, visit FMTSO

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