I don't actually like bugs very much, but they are fun to photograph. They seem to be curious about the lens of the camera - maybe they see their own reflection there - and they pose patiently while the photographer searches for different angles.
This praying mantis (as I was told it's called), or mantis religiosa, was resting on a stone wall next to a field. They say that the female eats her partner after mating. So, all bugs are not as sympathetic as they look.
I love lilies. Do you? There's something exuberantly joyful and playful about them, something luxurious, even carnal. They shamelessly display their genitals, their pistils and stamens, but open up their inner secrets only if you look close enough into their depths.
Yes, I love lilies. They are probably the sexiest flower I know. What do you think?
I love macro photography. It reveals a world that is hidden to the naked eye. So, some quick shots from our garden, of flowers that many have; dahlias, gladioli, violets, geraniums... They are not short of colours.
Last time I said that
I was born in Helsinki, but I´m actually from Porvoo, a medieval town 50
kilometres east of Helsinki. It´s a small town with both Finnish and Swedish
speaking population. That is important to mention. It can´t be ignored.
Most of the Porvoo houses burnt down in 1760. The fire started from making of a fatal fish soup. The town was rebuilt, this time encouraging people to build their new houses of stone. The wooden houses light up like
matches, you see.
When I went
back to Porvoo with a camera one day, I realized where my love for strong colours in houses derives from.
the last two weeks in Finland, most of that time in Helsinki. I have a
love-hate relationship with Helsinki. I love it to a certain extent, but
exceeding that it starts to wear me down. Saying that I have to add that it´s a
lovely city in the summer. A bit hostile in the winter, though, like any other Northern
places in Helsinki that don´t look like Finland at all. They look more like
some foreign city where I haven´t even been, yet. Ullanlinna, Kaivopuisto,
Kruununhaka… ancient buildings full of colours and details. Very un-Finnish.
So, I can
be a tourist in the very city where I was born, and that´s the way I like it.
Last week I shared with you some B&W photos of Bomfim in Porto. Being a city in Northern Portugal, Porto is far from black and white. It is all colour, if somewhat faded. That's what I love the most about Portuguese cities and villages; the colours - strong, live (viva), faded, peeled, fresh, luscious, of all shades and for all tastes. Bomfim is the perfect example of a traditional Northern town. When you close your eyes to the more modern buildings, that is. Personally, I prefer to see the beauty and forget the rest.
What do you see in the pictures? Derelict houses that should be demolished? Potential reconstruction projects? Memory of the good old days gone by long ago?
The Bomfim ("good end") quarters in Porto do not have the best of reputations. Yet. Some of the historical houses have been renovated, beautifully, respecting the traditional beauty of the buildings. The rest are waiting for their turn. I happened to go there by chance, and found a piece of Porto that was all new to me. Sometimes the best things happen by chance. Actually, most times.
This time photos in B&W out of respect for the historical buildings. Next time: colours.
For the past two years and something I've
lived close to ways to Santiago, routes that lead pilgrims – catholic and
non – to Santiago de la Compostela in Spain. It is not rare to see pilgrims on
their way, with backpacks on their backs. Often they look weary, but nevertheless
determined to reach their destination.
The way to Santiago, O Caminho de Santiago, intrigues me. What makes people do such a
long and hard trip, what is the reward that awaits at the end? Maybe some day
someone will explain me.
The yellow signs lead to Santiago.
Painted every couple of dozens of metres, on walls, on streetlight poles, on
more walls. Follow the signs and you can’t get lost. Or can you?