When I visited the Alppiruusupuisto last summer, I vowed to visit the park earlier this year so I could see all the flowers in full bloom. So when the images from the park started showing up in my insta feed I got on a bus towards Haaga. Is it kinda lame? Maybe. But you guys should know by now that if there's a concentration of colourful flowers in one place, I must go there. I remember this day quite clearly. I had just handed in a school assignment that had been the cause for several sleepless nights (great course but I hate writing essays!), it was the first of June and weather was perfect so seeing all these flowers almost felt like a ceremonial start of the summer season.
The city I'm talking about of course is Lund. The city I briefly visited almost two years ago because I wanted to see where my youngest brother lived. This time I returned with my mother to see him graduate and to see Lund in its full summer glory. This was a short visit as well, you can't pass through Copenhagen and not see Copenhagen (more on that later) but we also made a quick detour to Malmö since we were in the area. All in all we attended a graduation ceremony, got a tour of the big university campus and did some sightseeing. I was in my usual tourist mode, taking pictures of all the cosy houses and buildings. I kicked it up a notch when we visited The Botanical Garden. I probably took a hundred pictures and I only photographed some of the pretty flowers. We didn't plan to but we ended up visiting the garden twice and it was just as pretty on the sunny day as it was on the rainy day. Now that my brother has graduated, i don't think I'll be visiting Lund again anytime soon but I'm glad I got to see more of it and in summer time.
Copenhagen, Denmark, July, 2016
Maxmo/Maksamaa, Finland, August 2016
Christmas is around the corner but I'm already thinking about next year's Flow festival. How's that for getting ahead of oneself?! The first world dilemma at hand is whether to get the early bird ticket or not. I mean no artists have been announced yet, not that it's stopped me before. That got me thinking that I never published the images from this year's festival. I went on holiday soon after and didn't think about the images I had taken until a month after. But by then I was still going through travel memories from July. Yes, I really need to develop a better work process. Now, back to the festival. I saw a lot of marvellous performances but only one got me thinking about a possible career direction. The minute Róisín Murphy stepped on to the stage in her granny outfit, I knew this was going to be a performance I was not going to forget in long time. Murphy switched from one quirky outfit to another while singing effortlessly (her voice sounds even better live) and showing off some creative dance moves. I'm very curious what those hairy pants are made of! As the costumes got wilder I started thinking how fun it would be to…
I can't believe it's already November and Christmas lights are starting to appear. I was just getting used to the warm autumn and the colourful leaves. Now that they're all gone I don't want to think about winter quit yet. Instead I'm looking for colour and light wherever I can find it. Today I found it in form of pictures of colourful summer blooms. See it as early anti darkness therapy!