Lens-Artists Challenge #240 – The Road (Most often) Taken

Now it’s time for you to show us your favorite “road” in photography. Consider a favorite photographic style like low key/high key, monochrome, etc. Maybe a genre of photography like a preference for architecture, still life, portraiture, etc. Whatever your preference, we’d love to see your images captured in your favorite style or genre.

John Steiner

I will keep it short:

Flowers – Dead or Alive

Mostly in colour, sometimes processed with a painterly effect

Thanks to Tina for last week’s beautiful challenge, Finding Peace, and now we are looking forward to seeing your road taken for this week.

Next week, Sofia will be your host. If you would like to join in on the challenge but aren’t quite sure how to get started, click here for details.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #153 – It’s a Wonderful World

Amy has found a wonderful challenge for us – because even if we all struggle some days, we can clearly see the world is still Full of Wonders, which is the essense of the word wonderful. Amy beautifully used Louis Armstrong’s world famous lyrics in her post – so please, visit Amy and get inspired!

My choice is some Midsummer Magic in the tiny worlds around us – because they are literally wonders in every sense. They also feel more safe to visit in this chaotic world…

We stayed at our summer house for a couple of days to prepare for the Midsummer celebrations next weekend. As you know, the longest day and the shortest night are very important to us in the Nordic countries. However, because of the heat, I find it difficult to sleep well, so I am usually awake around 4 every morning. This particular morning, I went for a barefoot stroll in the early garden dew.

The world is so full of wonderful things we should all, if we were taught how to apprediate it, be far richer than kings.

Ashley Montagu

This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.

Henry David Thoreau

The World is full of wonders, but they become more Wonderful, not less Wonderful when Science looks at them.

Sir David Attenborough

We are the inheritors of a wonderful world, a beautiful world, full of life and mystery, goodness and pain. But likewise are we the children of an indifferent universe. We break our own hearts imposing our moral order on what is, by nature, a wide web of chaos.

Colin Meloy

Thank you all for your creative and fun entries for my Shades and Shadows last week! I learned many new things from you, and was very surprised to find that not many, if any language except English, has got two words for the concept.

Thanks to Amy for her interesting challenge – we look forward to seeing your perspectives – and please remember to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link to Amy’s original here. Finally, until next week, when Tina will be leading the challenge, please stay safe, be kind, and enjoy this wonderful world.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #93 – Morning

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  – Marcus Aurelius

My mornings these days – are not quite the same as before the pandemic. Maybe yours are the same as before – or a bit different too? Anyway, a look at your morning – or Any morning – is the challenge for this week. Maybe there is a special morning that you will never forget – you could share it with us!

When the virus hit my world, in order to sleep better, I had to move upstairs to my daughter’s old room.  So the first thing I see when I open my eyes to a new day – are fluttering butterflies. Feels good! And I do sleep better up here. I find harmony and peace.

This room is where many of my potted plants spend their winter season, waiting to come out in the sun and the fresh air again. What better place is there for me to spend the night?

Here I also grow new plants for the next season – these little ones are tomatoes in the making. I guess I love seeing plants, animals and people, grow –

In the hallway I pass the standing mirror, and a glance into it before closing the door, reveals Emma’s sewing machine waiting in stand by with her summer hat on top.

Before I go downstairs, I sit for a while with my new colourful plant puzzle – very relaxing and Mindfulness My way.

On coming down into the living room, I am usually met by a yawning Milo and a snoring Totti…(So…hardly ”met” really…), Totti is extremely good at snoring, so I hear exactly where he is. My husband tells me the dogs miss me terribly, but they have now accepted my strange night habits. Please click to enlarge if you love them –

Finally – coffee (Emma’s mug…). And the morning paper is a must. After a rather solid breakfast, I spend the rest of the morning out in the forest, enjoying the Wood Anemones while they are still flowering. Now on their last due to the dry weather and strong winds.


Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

(My favorite song from younger days, when Cat Stevens still was – Cat Stevens.)

We are looking forward to saying Good Morning to all of you! Be it your morning, any morning or some creative twist.

 A big thank you to our guest-host John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo for ”Going Back the Second Time Around”, which brought many lovely memories from you – and tips for new memories to be made!

Have you seen these:

  • Sue is treating us to the most charming little village in France
  • Everest Base Camp and the cutest chalet ever from Pam
  • Anne and her best friend
  • Chasing the bloom – and succeeding at ramblingranger

Next week, April 25, #94: your host will be Amy of The World is a Book

As usual we wish you a lovely week, stay safe, stay well –  and maybe make a phone call or two to someone who needs it.


Travel theme: Dogs

Ailsa – this must be one of my absolute favourite themes…Dogs! My faithful companions through life. Please join in – we cannot get enough of faithful life companions!

Here are some of the dogs who met me, too – of which some still are my great friends.

Spain – Les Pyrenées

This lovely dog was chained to his

This lovely dog was chained to his ”house”. This is forbidden in Sweden.


Hundar naturligtvis

Having great fun…but then…

Inte mina...men kunde ha varit

Greyfriars Bobby, Scotland

New Zealand, Lonely Dog

Lonely Dog

Tibet – taking good care of their animals and pets

Man tar väl hand om sina djur

I once had a Bearded Collie – looking exactly like Seonaid Green’s beautiful girl…

…Maisie – Edinburgh, Scotland

Finally my own treasures, and favourite photos of …

Mille i vitsippsbacken

Mille in ”vitsippsbacken” and Totti as a puppy

Bonebreakers Giardiniere

Bästa vänner

WP Challenge: Twinkle

No stars to be seen, no snow, no nothing…I live up north in the darkness, so the twinkling I must search for  – in my old vaults and chambers…This Christmas will be my number four, blogging, so here are some memorable twinklings from 2011-2013!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The WordPress challenge this week is about the unexpected. Walking along the beach I met these two friends where the unexpected had already happened…


Travel Theme: Short

Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack? gives us all the opportunity to be Short this week…so, here are my contributions:

 032This spring was very, very short this year – and so were the stems of the small, daring daffodils trying to survive in the frozen surroundings.

 2012 378I have had a couple of dachshund ”ladies” in my life, but unfortunately their legs are too short and their back too long. One of them got paralysed because of this. They always had to be carried when we were hiking too. Very sweet dogs, but a bit too stubborn for my taste perhaps… This beautiful gentleman I met in a park in Madrid.

My son on his first visit to China! Beside this giant of a warrior he felt a bit short…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is companionable. These two friends are, indeed. They have each other, and here they are companions to my mother too!

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More lovely furs from lovely blogs are here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Skyltar – jo, det finns många roliga sådana. Galna, felaktiga, felstavade och felplacerade. Jag har använt mina roligaste i en tidigare utmaning, så…här kommer en som jag aldrig tagit med, för den känns en aning för tuff. Den satt på väggen i en pub i Scarborough.

Personally I found this sign a bit too rough…but it was put up on the wall of a pub in Scarborough. Anyway, I have used my more modest and funny signs in a challenge a while ago, so I give you this one with a bit of hesitation…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Kultur och tradition  kan kännas väl sammansvetsade  – så ett litet klargörande av begreppen kanske är på sin plats.

Kultur kommer från latinets cultura som betyder ungefär ‘bearbetning’, ‘odling’ och ‘bildning’  Begreppet avser idag i vid bemärkelse all mänsklig aktivitet, trots att kultur ändå har främst två betydelser: andlig (konstnärlig) odling eller socialt överförda levnadsmönster.

Kultur har kallats ”levnadssättet hos ett helt samhälle”. Som sådant inkluderar det beteendemönster, seder, klädsel, religion, ritualer, lekar, normer för lagar och moraliska system, liksom trossystem och konstarterna.

Tradition, däremot,  är ett latinskt ord i betydelsen ”överlämnande” och det som lämnas vidare är det kulturella och sociala arvet. Hit räknas förutom invanda seder och bruk, olika synsätt, språk och värderingar. Vi kan också konstatera att vi i modern tid har lagt till en del nya traditioner, en del av politisk betydelse och andra av kulturell betydelse. En del skapade av företagen för att tjäna mer pengar…

Därmed tänkte jag berätta lite om kultur och tradition för vårt midsommarfirande!

The Weekly Challenge from WordPress is Culture. The difference between culture and tradition doesn’t have to be very significant.

Culture (Latin: cultura, lit. ”cultivation”) is a modern concept based on a term first used in classical antiquity. In the mid-19th century, some scientists used the term ”culture” to refer to a universal human capacity, and in the 20th century, ”culture”began to encompass the total range of human phenomena that cannot be attributed to genetic inheritance. According to Wikipedia, Hoebel describes culture as an integrated system of learned behavior patterns which are characteristic of the members of a society and which are not a result of biological inheritance.

A tradition, on the other hand,  is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Common examples include holidays or impractical but socially meaningful clothes (like lawyer wigs ), but the idea has also been applied to social norms such as greetings. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word ”tradition” itself derives from the Latin tradere or traderer literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time.

What all this leads up to is a gallery of Swedish culture from our Midsummer festivities.