Fierce But Gentle Nature

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human. ~ Victor Hugo

The Mountains

The Mountains

Outeniqua Mountains found in George, South Africa do look fierce and protective.

The Forest

The Forest

I have mentioned it before that Finland is a land of forests and lakes. Kuopio, Finland is one example of a city with forests that makes for a beautiful landscape all year round.

The Sea

The Sea

Ernest Hemingway’s book, The Old Man and the Sea, comes to mind when I look at this picture. In any case, this is the Baltic Sea route to Copenhagen, Denmark.

I usually depict nature or wilderness as an answer when I seek solitude. This time I tried to capture natural features that make some locations attractive, whilst not forgetting that nature can be cruel as well.

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Writing

Aah, writing! I won’t babble on about it; writing is on the wall…

Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

Of course, I would love to hear your interpretations of this text.🙂

A splendid weekend!

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Sport

The score never interested me, only the game.”

~ Mae West

I don’t consider myself a sporty type and yet I’m always on the move, not to keep scores but to marvel at the wonders of nature.

Rowing and Canoeing

Rowing and Canoeing

I cannot begin to tell you how playing in the snow does for my thighs, legs and calves!

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Doing things in extremes is not my goal but with cross country skiing, I can cover distances.

Skiing

Skiing

And my best is hiking. We don’t keep scores out there in the wild, just pitting mind and body against each other. The reward; inexpressible joy.

Hiking

Hiking

 

Hope you enjoy your weekend folks, whatever activities you participate in.

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Stillness

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.

~ Hermann Karl Hesse

Harbour in the evening

Harbour in the evening

 

I’ve been quiet. Finnish summer urges me to be silent (at least, in the blogsphere) because it’s short, best time to travel, and be still in nature. Some of my blogger friends know this already.

Happy Summer everyone in the Northern Hemisphere. And down South, may your days be filled with winter’s stillness!

Breathe

Wilderness provides with plenty of space to breathe.

Kilpisjärvi, Lapland

Lakes and Fells

Nature is abundant with wonder that stops me in my tracks, and I take a deep breath.

Yoga pose, perhaps?

Yoga pose, perhaps?

Forest and lake nearby inspires me to walk slowly and breathe.

Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood

And a splash of colour compensates for all the pollen in the air.

The Tulips

The Tulips

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” ~ Author Unknown

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Bedazzled

Yesterday was Earth Day. When I think of many ways Mother Nature dazzles us, I feel we should celebrate her everyday. Perhaps, in so doing, we would we see the need to protect her against pollution, global warming, overpopulation, natural resources depletion and the list goes on.

At the lake in spring

At the lake in spring

Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man.” ~ John Morley

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