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Stormy beauty

It’s been hard taking photos as the sun sets around 11 pm

And rises again at about 2.30 in the morning – and even then it’s never really dark.

Sometimes, however, you get lucky –

A cold front comes in, the fleece goes on –

And you go out to enjoy the beauty

Of a summer storm.

Midsummer rain copy

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Midsummer beauty

Midsummer is that most Swedish of Swedish traditions:

A wonderful time spent in red cottages with outdoor loos;

Red house

Where you can take shots of yourself

Next to iconic old red buildings;

Self-portrait

And where you dance around the midsummer pole

Wearing flowers and a silly smile.

Midsummer pole copy

This year was a bit of a wash-out for us –

But the rain did create a canvas of abstract beauty.

Abstract rain

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Golden transformation

When golden insects

Dance in the air,

Golden dust

And the setting sun

Transforms people

And a bucket on the jetty

Into objects of beauty,

Golden glimpses

Then the best thing to do

Is lean back

And try to catch the magic

With your wand (or fishing rod).

Fishing copy

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Swan Lake Abstract

Dazzling golden light

Dances on the lake,

Golden swan lake copy

While the swan

Sails majestically on ripples.

Golden ripples copy

As the sun sets and twilight descends,

Lake and swan

Become a beautiful abstract.

(Summer is a gorgeous time in ‘my’ backyard!)

I’m selling these shots as prints, posters, photos, bags and cushions on my Red Bubble site. * End of shameless self-marketing*

Abstract swan copy

For more golden slices of life, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Ruby rain

Purple drama

On the horizon,

Purple drama

Turning into

Ruby rain.

Rain passing

All we can do is stand

Humbled and awed

Before the power of nature.

Red rain

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The gift

One warm afternoon last year,

I was walking in an unexplored forest

And taking photos of Oscar.

Oscar_sitting

Suddenly, I looked up to see a deer

Gazing peacefully at me.

Deer face on copy

Our eyes locked for what felt like ages.

I felt the deer was trying to tell me something:

That you can find gifts in the most unexpected of places.

Running deer

For more gifts, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Swan, bedazzled

Serene

On a carpet of burnished gold

Silhouette

Swims a swan

In the dancing light

Of a shimmering sunset.

Dazzling copy

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Taste of Africa

This weekend we drove two hours to get to a charming placed called Taste of Africa –

Hidden in an out-of-the-way farm.

Taste shop

Apart from a shop and a café, the main experience here

Is cooking food together with others over outdoor fires

In true South African tradition.

Bread

Delicious bread

I was assigned to cook the main meal – a Cape Malay curry – for us vegetarians.

The food is cooked in cast-iron pots called potjie.

Potjie

Luckily, it was impossible to burn the food (my speciality)

And the curry was delicious. (Yes, I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was!)

I did see a sign that would be very appropriate in my own kitchen, however!

Survival

The food was delicious – as was the company -

And we enjoyed it under a canopy of clouds, rain

And dancing figures.

Dancing figures

It was a great way to meet new friends

And enrich the South African heritage of the kids.

Just had to throw in one of my favourite photographs of the anklebiters (taken a couple of years ago)…

Hammock copy

For more enrichment, please visit: Our World Tuesday. 

 

Golden glow

Sometimes

All you need to see

Is the fiery golden glow of a sunset

To realize how magnificent life really is.

Glowing sunset dog copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.

Viking surprise

Every year, a replica of a Viking boat

Suddenly appears on our lake.

Boat reflected

It looked very pretty

As it rested in the sunlight.

Boat in sun

A man and his son make the boats by hand

And sail them too – even as far away as to Finland and Russia (from Sweden).

viking_sailing_away_Snapseed

I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

Details copy

The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

And – yes! – that’s Oscar checking the boat out.

Oscar and boat

For more heroic tales, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

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