One Afternoon by a Lake…

October is the month of moody clouds,
low sunlight, and
the last colourful autumnal leaves,
barely visible on the trees.

Wonderful light on the scenery

Lakeside with boats

Beautifully shaped Tree

Tree with the large boats

Bridge in Sunlight

Tis for now, Rii xx

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My Frame of Mind – Autumn 2007

Autumn Collage 2006

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Last year around this time this was my entry with the Autumn 2006 Photos- collage of mine. I am on the recovery after the gallbladder operation so have not – yet – got this year’s autumnal pictures. Wait Finnish Nature, this Paparazzi Blonde is about to strike!!

This was the second ever autumn in me life that I have liked and actually looked forward to after a relatively good summer and toasty August BUT THE WINTER, the winter, is so l-o-o-o-n-g here and COLD! Says the Frozen Finn turning the oh-so-in fashion this year- again purple which is me favourite colour, of course – thinking positively ere now like, you know…

Michelin-man look is Go!!

In Ireland there is the rainy season and the not so rainy season and in Israel the weather is only roasting, toasting still. I have survived -44*C in Lapland so suppose I will survive the days of -30*C to come!!!

Keep warm – if You are living in temperate climes;

Keep cool – if You are living in hot climes!

Rii xx

Last of the Summer Flowers

It is the final showtime, showdown
for the flowers and plants
before the onset of autumn…

Hydrangea with a tinge of Yellow & Pink
Hydrangea with a tinge of Yellow &Pink

All Pinky!
All Pinky!

Lace & Green

Still Pink

Vibrant Green with White Lace

Nostalgic? Yes, very much so. I am looking forward to autumn but tis the winter, the winter, that chills me right down to me blonde bones and even blonder marrow!!

Tis for now. Rii xx

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The Dead Sea has a climate which boasts year-round sunny skies and dry air with low pollution. It has less than 50mm mean annual rainfall and a summer average temperature between 32 and 39 degrees Celsius.The winter average temperature is between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius. The region has weakened UV radiation, particularly the UVB (erythrogenic rays), and an atmosphere characterized by a high oxygen content due to the high barometric pressure. The shore is the lowest dry place in the world. (Wikipedia)Photo:
Mountain, Palms & Hotel in Ein Bokek
The Dead Sea measures 67 km (42 miles) long, 18 km (11 miles) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley. The main tributary is the Jordan River.The Dead Sea has attracted interest and visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. It was a place of refuge for King David, one of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of products as diverse as balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers.Photo: Ein Gedi
”Although the medicinal indications of the water have not yet been adequately researched, this therapeutic resource is a great attraction, which gives the area advantages over other such places in Israel and the world. In addition to the medical properties of the water, the climate and atmosphere of the region have a therapeutic value of their own.The high atmospheric pressure, the highest in fact on earth, results in the highest oxygen content on earth and low ultra-violet radiation. This permits prolonged sun bathing without danger of burning on almost every day of the year.The absence of polluting contaminants makes for pure air, which eases bronchitis and bronchial conditions. On the other hand, the combination of low humidity and high evaporation contributes to accelerating the body’s metabolic processes. These climatic properties have a considerable effect on the non-specific treatment of certain diseases based on stimulation of cells and tissues while acting against unhealthy internal and external stimuli.” WikipediaPhoto: The Swimming Pool
King David, King Herod, Jesus, and John the Baptist stayed in the Dead Sea area. The prophets knew it via the infamous Sodom and Gomorra.During the Egyptian era it is said that Queen Cleopatra obtained exclusive rights to build cosmetic and pharmaceutical the area. Later on, the wily Nabateans discovered the value of bitumen extracted from the Dead Sea and needed by the Egyptians for embalming their mummies. Aristotle wrote about the remarkable waters.

Photo: The Dead Sea is really this colour
Article: ‘The Race is on to save the Dead Sea’ on The Sunday Times September 3, 2006“…proposal is to carry sea water from the Gulf of Aqaba to replenish the Dead Sea, which has shrunk by a third over the past 50 years and faces total evaporation.
At stake is the area’s delicate ecology and a tourist industry — that draws 100,000 Britons each year — centred on the sea’s mineral-rich waters and mud.A sequence of canals and pipelines would channel sea water down through the arid Arava valley in southern Israel and Jordan to the salt lake at the lowest point on earth, 415 metres below sea level. Action is urgently needed. Over the past 50 years the Dead Sea’s depth has fallen by 20 metres. The so-called “Red to Dead” plan is to reverse this fall, which has been so dramatic that it has left the Israeli spa resort of Ein Gedi a mile from the water’s edge.Photo:The Courtyard at the hotel

“However, Friends of the Earth warned that mixing water from the Red Sea with the unique chemical soup of the Dead Sea could create a natural catastrophe. “The Dead Sea’s mix of bromide, potash, magnesium and salt is like no other body of water on the planet,” said Bromberg.
“By bringing in the marine water, this composition will be changed.There is concern about algae growth and we could see the sea change from deep blue to red and brown and the different waters could separate.”

Photo: Palms in Ein Bokek

(iNFO: Wikepedia)

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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”?

The View from Here

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This view is in one of my favourite cafes in the vicinity. The vista is still rather on the bleak side – waiting for the sun to shine, the leaves to burst out in their summer wear of the fabulous greens of all shades, tones & hues, and the multitude of the varied flowers to bloom in all their splendour!

Tis for now. Riihele xx

What is the View from Your Place right now?

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La Primavera – Spring Photos

La Primavera has arrived in this part of Finland at long last!

Field of Blue Crocus
Field of Blue Crocus

Delicate Branch of Birch Tree
Delicate Birch Branch

Bed of Yellow Crocus
Bed of Yellow Crocus

Birch, Building and Path
Birch, Building and Path

Happy in Blue – Crocus
Happy in Blue - Crocus


Another Shot of the Greenery

Another Shot of the Greenery

Do not think that it is toasting here – for it most certainly is not! Sleet came straight after I had taken these photos. There we are. I was so cold that my teeth were shattering and my fingers were numb, but any slight trouble is worth it for the art. Right?!

Tis for now from the Deep-Chilled Blonde Rii xx.

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