Sunsets Over Lake “Pitkäjärvi”

After about a week of sunny spring days with day temperatures of about ten to eleven degrees Celsius the temperature dropped. For the last few days it’s been just above/under zero degrees. I feel sorry for the spring flowers waking up too early. For the time being there’s not very much inspiring me to photograph more than the beautiful sunsets over the lake “Pitkäjärvi”. I just can’t resist any of them. I have plenty of pictures of sunsets over the lake from the last 14 years of photographing with digital cameras. Very often when I show my husband the newest pictures he gives the pictures a quick look and says; I think I have seen these before. I say no, no, you have not ! These are pictures I took about 30 minutes ago. Okay, he says, I can’t tell any difference, they all look the same. Well, to me, they all are different :)

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Cleaning Roads & First Anemone Hepatica

There has been a lot of winter sand dust on the roads. For the last few days it really has been hard. Every time a bus or a car passed it made a huge cloud of dust blowing up. Which have caused me to shut my mouth and eyes and keep my breath for as long as possible. Good thing is they are now cleaning the roads. The cleaning helps a lot but to really get rid of the dust a downpour cleans the best.

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Last night we were able to see the Northern Lights also here in the south of Finland. It was very nice. Can you believe I didn’t have my camera with me ! There’s been so many fantastic pictures in the news papers from last night’s spectacular light show.

In my opinion it’s officially spring now as I saw the first Anemone hepatica. Of course it was on the other side of a ditch with water. I didn’t want to even try to hop over so the picture is what it is.

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Spring :)

For the last four to five days we have had so lovely spring weather. Yesterday plus 11 degrees Celsius. Sunshine all days long. I’m so happy as from now on for about 6, almost seven months no snow and no slippery roads. I saw snowdrops, plenty snowdrops (Galanthus) in a garden. I so much wanted to go there and take some pictures, some close ups. But I couldn’t make myself do it even if I know the old couple don’t live there anymore. I leaned against the fence in order to keep the camera steady to zoom in the flowers. Oops ! I almost broke the old wooden fence. I got the picture. Not a good one but you can recognize the snowdrops.
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The sunset pictures are from Saturday at about 6 p.m. On the 29th we are going to change to summer time = daylight saving time . I like it. I know most people don’t. By the way, I’m still working on Canelo’s spring coat. It takes time because instead of using a clipper I use scissors. He looks a bit funny now as all four legs and the chest are already done.

Have a nice spring !

Winter Coat

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– Mommy ! It’s warm already. Plus 9 degrees Celsius. I need to change my winter coat to my spring coat.
– Okay Canelo, yes, I know your coat is warm. Let me begin trimming tomorrow.

Wonderful! It’s definitely spring in the air. Almost all the snow has melted. After about three weeks of gray and gloomy days the sun is shining today. What really makes me happy is that there are already many more hours of daylight. Yay !


Last Thursday when we were at Lidl (the German discount supermarket chain) I saw Clivias. They were one of my mother’s and her sister’s favorite flowers.  Of course I had to buy one.

I looked up about Clivias on Wikipedia. This is what it says: “Clivia miniata (I think mine is a C. miniata) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to damp woodland habitats in South Africa as well as in Swaziland. It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico.”

My plant is small one. So far only one flower stem. Hopefully it will last for more than just a week or two. I hope it will Clivia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAget many more stems with flowers.  We’ll have to wait and see.

Horses and Helicopter

After many gray cloudy days there’s been sunshine both yesterday and today. It’s lovely. One can already feel the spring. I don’t like to photograph when gray and dark so I was happy about the sun and bright daylight and hoped for something to shoot. We have been visiting our son, who has been in the hospital for some days. Good thing is he is going to get to come home tomorrow.

Yesterday on the way to visit him my husband suddenly said, by the way, we have not seen any horses in a long time. Guess what, on the way back home we saw three. I love horses. They are so beautiful. I said I want to take a picture or two so we stopped.
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Today on the hospital parking I heard a noise. I said what on earth is that. Sounds like thunder to me. My husband immediately recognized it and said it’s a helicopter. He was right. It was a helicopter landing on the roof of the hospital. As you can see the sky is blue and not a cloud in sight.
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