Picture Perfect: Joined

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It was balmy minus 36*C
that morn that
i took this photograph!

The frozen, icy-white branches
seem to be
joined together
high up in the air
over the bend of the river…

Have a super week.


This week’s theme on



I call this picture:


The FLAMING HOT FIRE of the orange rising sun in the photo looks like a fireball had burst on the scene, and the contrasting extreme cold and frost on the branches and on the ground look so chill-into-your-bones ICY C-O-L-D. Brrr….

Day Breaking over the River

It was an extremely cold day, as it was minus 36*C or thereabouts, when I took this shot of FIRE & ICE and a selection of other similar photos in Finland in February 2007. Some of the photos were taken in the morning of that day when the sun was rising, and the others slightly later in the afternoon as the sun was setting. There is a collection of these photos in this link.

Tis for now, Rii

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Picture Perfect: REFLECTIONS

“Men seek for vocabularies that are reflections of reality. To this end, they must develop vocabularies that are selections of reality. And any selection of reality must, in certain circumstances, function as a deflection of reality.” Kenneth Burke

re·flec·tion (noun)

1. The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
3. a. Mental concentration; careful consideration. b. A thought or an opinion resulting from such consideration.
4. An indirect expression of censure or discredit: a reflection on his integrity.
5. A manifestation or result: Her achievements are a reflection of her courage.
6. Anatomy
a. The folding of a membrane from the wall of a cavity over an organ and back to the wall. b. The folds so made.


This photo of mine fits the bill for reflections, methinks, with these moody, sentimental, reflections on the river…

WONDERFUL 2008 for ALL. Rii

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”Look for Interesting Reflections and Shadows Reflections and shadows lend a touch of artistry to an otherwise plain picture. They can provide meaningful contrasts (such as an old building reflected in a modern high rise) or depth (such as the shadow of trees along a wooded path).” How to take better pictures site online.

Here is the bonus with the SUPREMES “REFLECTIONS” released in 1967. “Reflections” made it to #2 on both the Billboard Pop Singles charts and Cashbox during the summer of 1967. In 1987, the TV series China Beach used “Reflections” as its theme, and included the track on its soundtrack album. The song was the namesake for the 2004 musical Reflections.

The Heat is On!

The Maid by the pier

The sun is rising very early morning. All is still. All is quiet. (Photo: Riihele)

Finland is a country of sharp contrasts weather wise, I mean: we have the four seasons – do have a look at the Picture Book/ Four Seasons on this link – not just in theory but in practice as well. The coldest months can be as cold as minus 30 Centigrade or more below the freezing, and the hottest days – no, not quite months – can be plus 30 Centigrade or even more. For the few days now, we have been toasting, roasting like chickens on a grill! Yes, THE HEAT IS ON!

Today’s weather in here is in this link. The nightless nights – that is to say:
the sun does not go to bed,
and all this heat on them bones,
makes it all so worthwhile
living in these latitudes on this globe of ours!

Aah, tis the life
Aah, tis the time to be here,
I say, I say…

Tis for now again, Riihele, Glowing xx.


Have you heard the saying:

“Horses sweat;
Men perspire,
Women glow”?

An Awful Lot of Weather!

Play on Shadows is this photo called.
Play on Shadows
My own personal favourite of this lot of photos.

We are having an awful lot of weather at the moment: today it has rained, snow-flurried, snowed and also, the sun gave a guest-star appearance on top of it all, even though it is still cold! I wrote an entry on the weather called, ‘Don’t Knock The Weather’ quoting Kin Hubbard that goes like this:

“Don’t knock the weather;
nine-tenth of the people
couldn’t start a conversation
if it didn’t change
once in a while.”

Trees in the Shadows of Sharp Sun Light
It was a very cold and crispy day when I took these shots.

So I will not knock this topic either today, as it is as good as any other subject. In Ireland the people use this expression: “There is an awful lot of weather.” BINGO!

Shadows and a Snow Flurry
A little forest on the ridge with sharp shadows and the snow flurry in the middle of the photo.

These photos are part of the set which I call: The Happy Ones – compared to the Moody & Misty River-sets. The day I was taking them, in early February 2007, was beautifully clear, sunny and not too cold a day, so that it was a great pleasure to be outside doing ARTY FITness Walking and clicking happily frame after frame. These past days the camera has got plenty of rest, for there is nothing, not-a-thing, to click-clickety about until the spring decides to not only to call on us, but to stay with us for good like this year…

Tis for now. Riihele xx.

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Photos Galore in a Show!

Here are for your perusal me fine photos of the river with many faces. Rii xx [rockyou id=62261039]

Liquid Dark Chocolate – Photos

These photos of mine on The River taken in February 2007,
reminded me of the liquid chocolate and hence,
the quotes and thingies in-between in this entry today.

Warm Colours at Winter

“Good Living
is an act of intelligence,
by which we choose things
which have an agreeable taste
rather than those which do not.”

Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826)

Bleak Sun Rising

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”

Katherine Hepburn

Chocolate Colours

“If you are not feeling well, if you have not slept, chocolate will revive you. But you have no chocolate! I think of that again and again! My dear, how will you ever manage?”

Marquise de Sévigné
(French writer and lady of fashion) February 11, 1677

Tis for now. Rii xx

No, I am not a chocoholic for I prefer liquorice to chocolate most of the time, that is.

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These photos are part of a set taken by me on an extremely cold day; some of the photos are in the morning of that day when the sun was rising,and the others later in the afternoon as the sun was setting.

River with the Fallen Tree in Grays
Fallen Trees by The Misty River
Mysteriously other-worldly scene

Mist is rising off the River
Mist Rising Off The River
White snow makes this frame look brighter

The Morning has Broken
The Morning has Broken
The sky is getting brighter by the frame letting the pastel colours really to come to the fore!

Day Breaking over the River
Day Breaking over The Misty River
Looks like the sky is ablaze with fire!

Wider Shot of White On Black
Wider Shot of White on Black
I like the light branches contrasting against the dark river underneath. The river bends into a curve and the white furry branch rests over the dark stream.

Tis for now Riihele xx.

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