With only 4-5 kilometers (ca 2,5-3 miles) to bike, it’s almost too easy for me to hit the huge mall aera just beyond the city where I live. Well! I live at the right side of it too, I must add. The city itself isn’t exactly small.
Dangeroulsy close because there are an enourmous amount of stores, shops, restaurants, coffe-shops, food-stores – I know you know what I mean – 200 of them under the big roof, and lots more “under their own roof”. The really big stores and companies. AND there is IKEA!
And of course I sometimes buy something. And have coffe. Or something to eat. You know. So I buy more stuff and have more coffees now, than I did before my move back home. Not particularly good for my economy status, but on the other hand – very good to my well-being. And I haven’t exeeded my economical limit. Most of the items I’ve bought is such that I need either for my home or for myself. Like fitting curtains… a proper bed… a new pair of sunglasses… a sun hat… flowers and tools for the garden…
Just the other day I bought myself a carpet for my living room. It costed twice as much as I pay in rent per month. (Came to think of that now) Of course one can live without a mat, or buy a really cheap one, but I fell in love with this already the first time I laid my eyes upon it. And there weren’t many with this particular pattern and colors.
Furthermore, it’s a Persian Tekkeh Kelim, and I’ve wanted a Kelim carpet for many many years. And now, finally, I have one! My inner self feels soooo good! My home has become more cosy, more homey thanks to the carpet.
And isn’t that just the thing! To do things or give yourself things that make you feel good! Whether it’s a carpet or some other times just a cup of coffee.
That is soulmatter!
One image only – edited and colorfully playfully enhanced – and not many words… if any…
On my way home from downtown city a week ago, I walked uphill and through a rhododendron path – and on the top I found this. Scilla coloring the ground blue, and a tree with funny … hm… appearance. The shadows intrigued me and now with the iPad in my hands, and Pixlr opened – I couldn’t resist trying to make the image even more spooky than the original. The sun in the eyes, you know…
My town! In the midst of – and the oldest part of it.The (almost) original
I guess you know by now – I can’t resist colors.
And I certainly couldn’t resist to put roses in the sky
On the other side, behind my back that is, we have the old tower. Kärnan. (The Core)
Built between 1310 and 1320.
The city itself is roughly 200 years older, but have roots from 800 – 1000.
While there were vikings lurking around the known world.
(sorry! This one is more dedicated to the history but isn’t translated into english.)
(and I refuse to do that)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsingborg (in english)
Yes! Color it was and color it is!
The close-UP! (LOL)
Slightly dreamy, ne c’ pas?
I really like this one!
The Helsingborg harbour entrance with the light house – which is not quite as old as I have made it look. 😉 😀
It isn’t the first time I realize that I prefer warm colors over cold, light over darkness, even though I also want contrast both in light/dark and warm/cold. I realized now when I added the images, that three of them very much resemble each other. I guess that’s a part of my personal style. As for the meditative and spiritual… thing.
I’m happy that I seem to have started to play with images again, despite the fact I don’t presently take any new photos. So this one I’ve found in my foto-library from april 2008. It’s taken in Borås which I visited at that time. (Once upon a time I was born there…)
The staty is situated in the river Viskan, (river?!?!?), and the wall behind is the old Cinema-building, Röda Kvarn. (Red Mill; Moulin Rouge. 😉 ) I haven’t the faintest idea what it is used for nowadays. In 2008 it wasn’t used as cinema any longer, but I’ve forgotten what was in there instead. Some kind of theater?
The original photo
So this is the original photo. Not a particularly good one technically speaking. I realized after a while, that that camera was pretty – LOUSY! Even my not-so-advanced cell phone at that time (not an iPhone) took better photos. My iPhone 5 now is excellent compared to that old HP. And I’m more and more longing for a real camera. … though I haven’t decided yet which camera I want. And don’t have that kind of money now. Need some stuff for my new apartment first.
The only thing I did with this before playing around with filters, was to crop it a little bit and slightly enhanced light, contrast and sharpened it with an easy hand
And here is a photo of the Cinema building “en face”.
(In 1968 when I moved away from this city, there were no such huge buildings. Time flies and other worlds are born… )
The old Cinema-building
… inside that folder hidden in my photo library
… finding that I don’t have that many photos
taken from walkabouts in the city
… not at all as many as I could have had
if I only…
would do walkabouts in the city
but ifs never accomplish anything
… but I like this image from february 2015…
a brisk day, I remember
Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare
… lazy… sunday afternoon?
Of course I’ve made something to this photo! Who do you think I am? I just can’t let it be, can I?
This monday was a cold day. While I was having breakfast the thermometer showed -13,4 C (below zero). On Sunday the temperature had been dropping and late that evening snow started to fall. And kept on falling during the entire night.
At lunch it was stunningly beautiful! I went for a walk and it wasn’t as cold as in the morning any longer. And the temperature was slowly rising! (Well… can’t say it became warm though…) And I had to be really careful to where and how I put my feet.
Well! Melting soft snow and hard ice on the streets, become a dangerously messy and slippery mix. It doesn’t help much to strew sand on the sidewalks and biking paths. There are always spots that are pure ice. And on the streets it’s even worse. The friction heat that creates when cars at street corners pull in and then speed up again, makes crossing a street to an almost life threatening task.
But the next morning most of the snow and ice were gone! And it was raining…
So typically at this part of the country where I live! By the west-coast seaside. Changes! Changes! Can’t be boring, eey?
The original – just smaller >:D!
WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TRIO
A little creepy, huh?
Bad weather on the go?
Heavy, heavy rain, perhaps?
Me soaking wet in five seconds?
Heading west. Kind of dark over there… over the sea… over the beaches… dark clouds… typically! The day I had decided to bike to the seashore!
Nope! Not blue! Not really! That’s me messing around with the picture. The clouds were pitch dark… eh… dark gray…. yeah! Dark gray! But I prefer blue to gray. Especially the sky. (Better hold both hands on the handlebars here. Soon crossing a street…)
No-no-no-no! I didn’t fall! I was taking photos while biking! HUH! Not a particularly good idea though. Not if you want to know what you’re doing while photographing. And while biking… But on the other hand! Who wants pictures where the streets are plain, the houses have four 90-degree corners at the right angles, and everything else is just plain… booooooring… I have a strong feeling that wouldn’t be… me. – – – – – – – Hot town, summer in the city….
A bit further ahead I turned left, now heading south and left the darkest clouds behind me. (What a sentence!!!! Head left head left!)
I didn’t get soaking wet! But today has been a very warm day, a very warm day indeed to be biking. Quite steamy, actually.
Funny weather nowadays… heavy rains, cold days when it should be warm, then sticky warm days – and often very windy.
I didn’t stop at the beach. I biked through the area and then went home again. Therefore no beach pictures. Not today.
Did 12,4 kilometers on the bike though. That’s good. Due to the circumstances a sufficient tour! Well. Very good! Personal best in 2015! So far! Despite my lower back and hips hurt now. I ignore that…
Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy
Don’t want it painted black
Weekly Photo Challenge: Door
just another latecomer…
Weekly Photo challenge: Door
(okay! I’m late. So what? Better late then never!) 😀
I don’t know if this could be called off-season, but this is what can happen with a ordinary photo when I get caught in Photoshop.
I rather wonder what kind of light that is, descending from the sky in some kind of radiated waves. Does it emanate from a ship from outer space?
From another dimension?
The beginning of a huge solar flare?
Or is it just my imagination that is going on a far-fetched trip…
Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-season
(it’s kind of finding “a way to the other side” as well…)