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An adventure in Lapland, Part 1

Published July 8, 2014 by Dreamreflector

Three weeks ago from now, I was about to take a leap of faith perhaps bigger than ever. I was to face the family of my loved one and survive the lifestyle of an ever-working people. How would his family react to a city girl leading life so far apart from theirs? And how exactly was said girl supposed to cope in a culture perhaps more foreign to her than all the actual foreign places she had ever been to? Well, you know how you can make yourself feel a bit better in an unpleasant situation by thinking “Just remember you survived situation x and that was far worse than this“? This trip will definitely be filed under situation x. 

There were however, better parts (or a part actually). We spent a day hiking in the Pyhä-Luosto national park. It was just me, him, our new dog (sort of) and the majestic Pyhä fells. That part I quite enjoyed, and thus photographed extensively.

After a few issues with the transportations, dust, too-much-men-in-a-cottage situations and fuel for our Trangia (portable camping stove), we started our hike in the national park. First up was Isokuru (lit. “big gorge”, what a nifty name, right?). This was rather striking when you where there, but unfortunately the scale of things can’t really be grasped from photos. What you can see, however is the general landscape: essentially there’s just tons and tons of rock. I am used to seeing a lot of rocks, but the rocks there aren’t like here in the south. The southern rocks have been polished and rounded by the ice cover during the latest ice age, but the rocks in the north haven’t. Thus, the northern rocks have pointy angles and very sharp edges. At Isokuru, the landscape was easy to work with, thanks to the built in wooden path. Later on though, we would end up crossing pretty vast fields of jagged rocks, relying only to our sense of balance and hiking boots. More on the rest of the journey on future posts. In the mean while, here are some pictures of Isokuru.

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This sign was at the start of the hike. It shows some of the possible nature targets and the distance to them (km). So from that point, it was 1.5 km to the start of Isokuru.

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The scenery on the way to Isokuru wasn’t bad either. We let our dog Nana wonder free. She had a blast :D

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Here we are at Isokuru. The rocks and the wooden path are apparent.

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This picture helps a bit in determining the scale of Isokuru. My boyfriend and Nana, in rather tiny form, appear in the picture :D

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And finally me and Nana somewhere along Isokuru. It’s a shame there isn’t any pictures of the three of us together, but it’s only natural, since there wasn’t anyone there to take a picture.

Part two of the hiking trip coming up soon! ^^

 

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A piece in my puzzle

Published January 26, 2014 by Dreamreflector

In my previous post I said I might be doing a post about my personal dream come true, my boyfriend. We’ve been together for eight months, and though I was happy before him, I am definitely even more happy right now. I know eight months is not a lot in relationships, and am realistic about our love, but I still feel like celebrating a bit. And to be honest, even though I love to take and post my photography, and you guys seem to enjoy looking at them (for which I’m very grateful for) this blog was originally started for me to nurture my dreamscapes and as my early readers would know, having this relationship is a major dream come true for me. So, on with a quick revisit to the roots of this blog C:

Before I met my boyfriend, I had spent hours and hours thinking about what it would be like to have someone like that. I dreamed about candle lit dinners, kissing under the fireworks, sitting close to each other at the cafeteria, watching the sunset with him gently smoothing my hair, having long, deep conversations about things that matter, and long, deep kisses after the conversations. Boy, I could fill a book with those.

Looking back, it’s fair to say that my prince charming had a lot to live up to. Now, as I have found someone to be that for me, (and someone who wants me to be the princess for him), I have found that not everything will be like I dreamed it would. Some things are better than I imagined; I never thought I’d be able to be so completely comfortable around someone who I’m not related to. I had imagined, that I could never completely let down my guard with a man. Of course I dreamed that we would be close, but I was expecting to constantly having to check that I’m putting the best foot forward, to keep the filter between my mind and mouth, to make sure not to say or do something that might make him freak out or stop loving me. I feel more at ease with him, than I have felt with any other guy. And really, that’s one of the reasons why I love him. Of course, my dreams are not being met the whole time. We both make mistakes. There really is no way for two imperfect people to be perfect together. But that’s okay; perfection’s really only a reflection of the godly world we all spend our lives reaching for.

Typing these scattered words, I feel there’s so much more to say, so much more emotion to convey, but I have no way to let it all out. To me that shows that what we’ve got is pretty close to perfection after all. This life is but a never ending quest to find the pieces to one’s own personal puzzle, and I am one piece closer to finishing mine.

Here are a few pictures of us ^^

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Listen to our song :3 “Pieces” by Cider Sky <3

Nightmare before christmas (aka a few snaps from here and there)

Published December 22, 2013 by Dreamreflector

I know it’s not new year yet, and I am by no means declaring this year finished, but as I’ve been forced to sit inside doing nothing for the past week, thanks to a persistent flu, (that’s the first nightmare of this post) I have gone through my photography files. I noticed that there are a number of files (or occasions as iPhoto likes to rank them) that contain a few photos and that I have completely ignored while posting over the past year. So just for fun (or just because I can’t go out an take any new photos and am immensely bored) here are few random snaps in chronological order.

Oh and the only reason I named this post as a nightmare is the fact that I’m going to have a random slab of photographs that are in no way connected to each other :D

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I’ll start of with this rather angry looking selfie from february (this might be part of the nightmare :D). I don’t post a lot of selfies and this is definitely not what I’d call a presentable shot of myself, but I found it fascinating somehow as I normally don’t look so unfriendly and unapproachable. The situation behind this photo was that I was learning the angles of my film camera by taking selfies, which is obviously very hard, as there’s no auto focus and you can’t check the pics straight after taking them. So I took a few photos with the same settings with my digital camera for reference. This is one of them.

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Then we have a lone butterfly from march. This is actually not a black and white shot, there really isn’t any other colors present at the situation: the butterfly was black and white and then there’s the gray concrete floor. This was taken in the botanical and butterfly garden Botania in Joensuu, how ever, I only took like five pictures that time, and this was the only one in the bunch I liked, so it ended up not making it to this blog.

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Then I took a few photographs for my friend who’s an aspiring stand-up comedian. I rarely take photos of people, partly because people usually don’t want to be photographed and partly because photography has always been something I’ve done to get some “me-time” alone in nature. However, as he asked me to take some photos of him, I thought well, maybe I should try something new for a change, and so I said yes. The reason I haven’t posted any pictures about this earlier is that I really don’t think they were that good, the lighting was really poor and it was my first time at this so what else would one expect. Still, I’m happy I tried.

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This picture features the fish we caught with my friend as she was visiting our cottage in the Summer. It’s a fun photo and tells a great story, but is not really aesthetically beautiful or interesting, which is why I didn’t post it at the time. It was a great few days though :D

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This nice Autumn photo was captured at a walk with my boyfriend one crisp afternoon. Apart from this and a few not-so-good shots I took goofy pictures of us, so this didn’t make it into the blog. Besides I had a problem with the placing of the Dreamreflector -signature, with which I am not happy now either.

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Then a friend of mine, the same fishing pal from Summer, asked me if I could take some pictures of her and her boyfriend to be put on her wall and to be given to said boyfriend as a present. This time I have to say I’m happy with the results, I really think I managed to capture the joy and affection between them quite well, considering that it was just my second real people photography session. She chose this shot and two others.

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Then me and my friends went to a student cruise aimed for people studying natural sciences. It was a fun get away, though alcohol filled for some. I spent the evening snapping pictures of others, but I’ll leave them in the archives and settle for this maybe a bit wannabe artsy photo. I know it looks a bit forced but I still like it.

So there you have it, a few random moments from the past year. Hope you enjoyed.

And as a further note, I am considering doing a short revision back to the roots of this blog by posting a few syrupy sweet ooy gooey pictures of me and my boyfriend and some seriously diabetes causing sentences about love and dreams coming true. We’ll have to see now, don’t know if you’d be into the idea :D

A dream quote for today: “We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.” – Steve Maraboli

Croak!

Published August 4, 2013 by Dreamreflector

I really have to apologize about being quiet. The reason for this is mainly the fact that I nowadays have someone special in my life : 3 If you’re an early follower you’ll know how much this means to me, and I have got to say, I’m living the dream ^^

Here’s what I want to share with you today: A very adorable baby frog C: Although some might find these little creatures ugly or even disgusting, I firmly believe that this buddy and his friends are just misunderstood and under appreciated.

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Look at those legs :D

A dream quote for today: “Our dreams lift us high were the world becomes beautiful again.” ^^

It’s like a walk in the park

Published July 15, 2013 by Dreamreflector

I really am an evening person. I love how the light quietly softens and finally creeps away. I love how the streetlights start switching on, one by one. I love it when the birds of the day get quiet and the mysterious night singers start. I love to see the shadows of threes and buildings change shape. I love the idea that any time now is the moment when you could get away with anything. I love how the city gets quiet. I love how all the benches in the park are unoccupied. I really love the night.

However, today there is a festival by the name of Ilosaarirock in town. I can here the music right now, inside my apartment. This city, as most cities in Finland, is usually very safe, even by night. But today, with 22 000 metal heads hanging around I really did feel a teensy bit uneasy when thinking about going for a walk at night. So, I had to reschedule my walk for earlier. I took my camera along just in case, and indeed, it was like a walk in the park to take some pictures on a walk in a park by the river.

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I was really intrigued by the difference in the calmness of the river on the opposite sides of the water divider.

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The lake was not calm at all.

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On my way back, I saw these guys on their evening fishing trip. It may not be apparent in the silhouette, but these men were definitely the embodiment of three generations in their family. How traditional ^^

Today’s dream quote: “Living your dreams is not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you that makes you live your dreams.” ^^

Glimpses of a Juhannus feast

Published June 22, 2013 by Dreamreflector

Yesterday we celebrated Juhannus with my family in our summer cottage. I have always enjoyed this tradition and the smaller traditions within the day. Here are a few shots taken that day.

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One of the Juhannus day traditions, my collection of seven flowers to be put under the pillow: Campanula patula, Archillea millefolium, Vicia cracca, Trifolium pratense, Leucanthemum vulgare, Ranunculus acris and Matricaria perforata. Still no dream man in my dream :c Maybe next year.

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A three teared midsummer’s strawberry cake : P Yummy.

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My grandpa enjoying the Juhannus eve.

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A beautiful way to end the day: a midsummer sunset around 0.30 AM

A dream quote for today: “I know nothing with certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream” ^^

And the fox lit his fire

Published March 19, 2013 by Dreamreflector

I’ve been crazy busy studying, but finally finally finally I have something nice to show you. And it’s a treat too, at least for me :D The northern lights blazed in the skies in the whole of Finland, including the southern parts, last night. The appearance of the northern lights in the south is pretty rare, so there are probably a lot of pictures floating around, but here’s my take on them! ^^

And why the peculiar name to this post? In Finnish the northern lights are referred to as Revontulet which literally means “The foxes fires”. Apparently the early finns came to the conclusion that the northern lights appear when a fox runs in the mountains, and it’s tail hits the snowbanks creating sparks that then flash in the sky. Most of us know, of course, that the lights are actually caused by small electrons carried from space  hitting the upper layer of the atmosphere, but that’s just no fun, right? :D

Please enjoy the photos! C:

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Please note the cute couple in the last picture. They where having a romantic walk and they stopped for a sweet moment under the northern lights. And just in the right spot to get into my picture too ^^ So cute C:

And a dream quote for today: “If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs!”

And I just can’t not share this with you: I have fallen in love with this artist by the name of Foxes. A very talented lady and amazingly whimsical music. Go listen to this right now, the song is called Let Go for Tonight -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrnXIp6-4C0

“Fell from the sky/ We fell from the sky and started walking/ leaving our footprints on the ground” <3