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05/01/2018

2017 revisited, part 1






Hello all... and happy 2018! I have picked some of my favourite photos taken last year. They are many and they have been chosen with no discernible logic, indeed with no logic whatsoever. :)

Weatherwise, the year 2017 wasn't the happiest. We were not hit by severe disasters, but the year being unusually cool and rainy has damaged the agriculture and forestry. And it has been so terribly dark, especially now in winter when the days are short. One, two weeks ago I noticed that the sun was colouring in pink and gold the tops of the trees on the other side of the lake, but before I had my snowsuit on, the sun rays had already disappeared and it was starting to snow ... :D






Tervetuloa, vuosi 2018! Jos sopii, voisit olla hieman aurinkoisempi ja lämpimämpi kuin edeltäjäsi...











One of my best bird photos ever


















Last year I took my first photos of (Eurasian) cranes. The photos make me think of Japan... and I just learned that in Japanese culture the red-crowned crane is a mystical creature, and symbolising for example loyalty and strength, it is featured for example in the international logo of Japan Airlines.











Zen :)























Vitelotte potatoes











































Droning



Have a lovely weekend!

Mutta ensi vuonna hän
 saapuu lailla ystävän - 
ei voi toivo pettää.

Mukavaa loppiaisviikonloppua!



Lupins




35 comments:

  1. Kukkia, oravia, lintuja... luontoa on kuulunut Saran vuoteen 🐿🌻🌹

    Kiitos kaikista kauniista tunnelmallisista hetkistä kuvien parissa ❤️💚💙
    Niissä ovat näkyneet vuodenajat ja joulu. Ihanaa viikonloppua !

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  2. Who needs logic, Sara, with pictures so beautiful. Every one is a gem and I am sure you could have selected totally at random and provided a feast for our eyes. I am looking forward to what you will have for us in 2018.

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  3. Voi että kuinka kauniita kuvia <3 Mukavaa viikonloppua Siulle :)

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  4. Sara, these pictures are just lovely! I love the tulips so much, they are an impossibl gardening dream to me: I couldn't grow a tulip to save my life here (same with Peonies and lupins)The squirrels are very cute ¿are they shy creatures? the local squirrels here are very very shy and rarely enter my garden. Wish you a wonderful 2018!

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    1. Thank you, MDN! :)
      I would say "our" squirrels are cautious, an justly so. They are wild animals, and we don't for example try to hand feed them. Once one of them had entered my parents home through a door left open, but fortunately found its way out soon. :)
      They are cute and funny.
      Happy New Year!

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  5. Red squirrels are so cute and we now have so few of them in the UK

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  6. Oh my!Breathtaking pictures!!! A great beginning for a happy weekend!You are a great(and darling) artist!xoxo

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  7. Aivan ihanat kuvat! Hyvää viikonloppua Sara!

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  8. ° 。 ° ˚* _Π_____*。*˚★ 。* 。*。 • ˚ ˚ •。★
    ˚ ˛ •˛•*/______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛★ 。* 。*★ 。* 。*
    ˚ ˛ •˛• | 田田|門| HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018.

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  9. Huippuihanat kuvat! Lämpöä ja aurinkoa toivon minäkin. Onnellista alkanutta vuotta!

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  10. Who needs logic with such beautiful photographs. The squirrels are so cute! I've never yet managed to get a good photograph of one. X

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  11. Stunning photos Sara. The ice crystals look like diamonds!! I never tire of viewing your adorable squirrel!!
    Happy New Year Sara to you and your family and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this year. xx

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  12. Beautiful photos. Enjoyed each and everyone of them. Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend. Madeline

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  13. Your pics always brighten up my day. These beautiful as always and so many clever an artistic shots. I hope your dreary winter becomes filled with sunshine.

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  14. aahh, that yellow bird is sweet. Your squirrels look different than ours here. Ours are grey, fatter, and with a bushy tail. The hydrangeas are such a pretty color. This looks like a YUMMY doughnut! I hope the new year is being good to you, Sara.

    ~Sheri

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  15. Dear Sara,
    such wonderful photos. They made my heart smile. :-)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Big hugs ... Dorothea

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  16. Good morning Sara: I just went to the mailbox and received your lovely card. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! It made me feel warm all over and your handwriting is exquisite. Big hugs and kisses, David.

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    1. Wow, better late than never! I sent the card almost two weeks before Christmas. If the handwriting is exquisite, the card might be from another Sara though... :)
      xx

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  17. Oh my word Sarah, your photographs are beautiful, stunning. You are an amazing photographer.

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  18. Just curious, Sara....where (how?) did you learn to write English so impeccably?

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    1. Why, at school of course! :D The Finnish education system used to be very good... Unfortunately now they keep trying to fix it, even though it ain't broke and the financial resources are scarce.

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  19. Your photos are a feast for the eyes! That squirrel with his ear tufts is so cute! I hope the sun shines more for you in 2018, even if it's cold.

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  20. Hi Sara,
    your year review is wonderful...Let's hope the new one is a sunnier and drier year.
    Not only for us, but for the nature. Kultainen keskitie.
    All the best!

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  21. vau! Uskomattoman kaunis postaus!

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  22. Dear Sara, thank you for these amazing pictures! I wish you a Happy New Year :)

    Greetings Kathrin

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  23. These shots especially those balanced stones are amazing. Love! Happy 2018!

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  24. Fabulous selection of photographs and that squirrel is just adorable.
    Can't wait to see more in 2018.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  25. It might have been dark and cold but your photographs are always gorgeous! I love the purple colour of the tulips and that little squirrel is just beautiful.

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  26. Upeita kuvia viime vuoden alkupuoliskolta!

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  27. Always a joy to see your beautiful photos, Sara! I can't pick a favorite - they are all so wonderful! I did smile to see the squirrel leaping over the snow.....Happy week to you! xx

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  28. Sara,don't worry about visit and comments...Your posts are gifts,balm for the soul!Love visiting your blog and your pictures in the new post are beautiful as ever!Hugs...

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  29. Niin kaunis postaus❤ Ihania kuvia! Kaikkea hyvää ja paljon iloa alkaneeseen vuoteen sinulle❤

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  30. Great. Your each photo catches the beauty of nature.

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  31. I always admire your bird pictures, Sara! The squirrels look cute too.
    Have a happy, new year. It's better that we can't change our weather.

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  32. overwhelmed by the deep aesthetics sense of charm and magic

    when i see your photos first question comes in my mind
    HOW CAN SOMEONE DO POETRY THROUGH HER LENSES
    I ENVY
    I FEEL LUCKY TO FIND YOU MY SPECIAL FRIEND!

    YOU ARE OUTSTANDING!!!

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