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Friday, December 15, 2017
It's mid-December, my garden is quiet, the plants are covered with snow. I like snowy weather in winter. Some of my garden plants had been transported to the city in September. Now they're growing on a windowsill until next spring. A few of them are even blooming.
the patio rose rooted cutting
the Fairy rose rooted cutting
It's so nice to see the flowering plants in a grey rainy day. There are patio roses, cineraria maritima, saintpaulia, schlumbergera, pelargonium Royal.
Happy Garden Blog Blooming Day!
Friday, November 24, 2017
Some weeks ago I learned the watercolors by Abe Toshiyuki. I loved his paintings very much and today want to introduce you to him.
Abe Toshiyuki was born in 1959 in Sakata, Japan, received his artistic education at the National University, worked as a teacher of drawing and painting. Abe left teaching in 2008 to concentrate on what was the dream of his life.
In Abe Toshiyuki's hyperrealistic watercolors viewers see love and respect for nature. He said: 'I would say that art is a mirror of the soul of the viewer. I believe that the main task of art is to touch the deepest emotions coming from the heart of the viewer'.
Seeing first time the Abe's paintings I decided that these were photographs of nature. It's not without reason his creation is called hyperrealistic.
In each of Abe's paintings there is the mood of the artist. Looking at them I kind of walked in the misty forest, across the field among the grasses, in the snowy winter.
For his incredible painting the artist has got several prestigious awards. “In my works I focus on the nuances and subtleties of the simple things that surround us”.
Monday, November 13, 2017
It was grey November day when I decided to visit the Suomenlinna fortress. The ferry from Helsinki fast arrived to the pier, cold waves of Baltic sea beat on a shore and large stones. Suomenlinna (known as Sveaborg or Viapori) is one of the most popular insular tourist attractions in Helsinki, Finland. Its name means in English 'Castle of Finland'. Despite weather the ferries to Suomenlinna can always get quite crowded.
I want to tell you about this place. When Sweden started building the fortress on islands it was to be just the sea fortress with additional landside fortifications, according to the needs of the Swedish archipelago fleet.
Entrance to the fortress from a ferry pier
Strolling in the fortress I saw granite fortifications from those years, they struck me with their shape and height. I walked over and touched the hewn granite blocks. They were warm to the touch!
The naval fortifications from local granite stones and earth-covered barracks
During extensive earthworks barracks and the dockyards were built at the western and southern islands. On the island's square, I was surprised to see the low green hills. Getting accustomed I realized that they were barracks, buried in the stony ground. Their green grassy roofs were apparently disguises. For me it was strange to see such buildings. I've never seen so strange disguise before, probably the living in these barracks was damp and uncomfortable.
Fenced earth-covered fortifications
The fortress became part of the Independent Finland in 1917. Nowadays Suomenlinna is served by ferries all year, and a service tunnel supplying heating, water and electricity was built in 1982. Several buildings have been converted into artists' studios. During the summer there is an art school for children. I believe that the beautiful combination of old fortifications and the harsh northern nature of the islands inspires young artists.
Fortress walls topped with earth and grass
The central entrance to the Suomenlinna fortress, chain gates.
Saying farewell to the 'Castle of Finland' I've taken the photo from the fortress high wall. The low grey clouds there were, in a distance above the sea the clear sky was seen.
Have you been to any fortress before? What was it like? Was it in touch with nature?
Saturday, November 4, 2017
It's already November, in my zone 5a it means the beginning of winter. Climate is changing, winter or late autumn may be in November. These days sun does not rise high above the horizon and its rays break through the branches of trees, thuja and Aronia melanocarpa bush.
Yesterday in cold sunny afternoon I came to my summer cottage and saw small drops of frozen moisture on the branches of thuja Globo.
Faded flowers of Solidago were fluffy and looked like pieces of cotton. When I finished my work in the greenhouse - I dug pots with tulips into the ground - the sun was already setting. I liked the last sun rays through the rosa rugosa leaves.
Potentilla with its small bright yellow flowers bravely bloomed on background of the snowy lawn.
It was enough cold, I took a photo of nice sky and went home. Thanks for reading my post!