maanantai 18. syyskuuta 2017

Summer memories - Some little creatures

Koppakuoriaisia ynnä muita pikkuotuksia

These little ones came from Canada sent by Joanna

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
All except one,
And her name is Ann,
And she hid under the baking pan.

 This ladybug flies to Marlen in Sweden

Little garden helper from my sister.

perjantai 15. syyskuuta 2017


Sielikkö - Alpine azalea - Kalmia procumbens. Saana, Kilpisjärvi, Finland

Kalmia procumbens, commonly known as alpine azalea or trailing azalea, is a dwarf shrub of high mountain regions of the Northern Hemisphere that usually grows no more than 10 centimeters (4 in) tall. 

Kiiruna - Rock Ptarmigan - Lagopus mutus ( muta)

The rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) is a medium-sized game bird in the grouse family. Birds of snow and ice.

keskiviikko 13. syyskuuta 2017

Glimpses of the past

Kauhajoki, Hämes-Havunen

The architecture of the buildings of Hämes-Havunen represent the traditional building culture in the Ostrobothnia, Finland - red and two-storey building with closed yard.


The city center has changed but it still reflects traditions in many ways. you can feel it when walking down the narrow  streets between well preserved wooden houses,

Heinola, Finaland

 Harju pavilion

Built in 1900, Harju pavilion is an eastern-influenced Art Nouveau building of cultural and historical value, and an absolute must for visitors to Heinola. Harju pavilion is located near the centre of the town, in Harjupuisto Park, within walking distance of the marketplace.


Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum

In 1827 the Great Fire of Turku caused massive destruction, but Luostarinmäki was spared from the flames. Nowadays the old quarter and artisans of Luostarinmäki form a unique atmosphere, where time stands still. At the museum, journey in time to life of the common folk from the 1800.

maanantai 11. syyskuuta 2017


 Estonian National Opera,  Tallinn

Ciacomo Puccini. La bohème 

Giacomo Puccini. Tosca

perjantai 8. syyskuuta 2017


Altai Mountains, Russia
From Maria, Siberia, Russia

Velká Amerika (Big America, Czech Grand Canyon)
From Lucie, Prague, Czech Republic

Cakesota Island reflects in tidal pools from Second Beach,  Olympic National Park, WA, U.S.A.
From Bob, Washington

Mists over high mountain valleys in Trinidad's Northern Range rainforest.
From Roger, Trinidad and Tobago

Ergaki Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk region, Siberia, Russia.
From Ekaterina, Stavropol, Russia

keskiviikko 6. syyskuuta 2017

National Wildlife Refuge

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

From Lara, Virginia, U.S.A.

maanantai 4. syyskuuta 2017

Grand Teton National Park

From Sarah, Idaho, U.S.A.

Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park that is located in the Rocky Mountains, in Northwest Wyoming. The park is south of Yellowstone National Park and just north of the town of Jackson. Grand Teton National Park is noted for its stunning mountain vistas, its shimmering alpine lakes and its abundant wildlife.

perjantai 1. syyskuuta 2017


 From Nadine, France

From kessy, Germany

 From Angela; Calgary, Canada 

From Lieve, Belgium

From Juliana, Thuringia, Germany

From dyad, Poland

keskiviikko 30. elokuuta 2017


The Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye.  UNESCO World Heritage
From Anna in  Khabarovsk

Triumphal Arch of Moscow on Victory Square
From Andrey in Moscow

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
From Dima in Moscow

maanantai 28. elokuuta 2017

lauantai 26. elokuuta 2017

Ryijy- Rug

 Sent to Mari, Finland

Sent to Lori, U.S.A

Sent to Priyanka, U.S.A

Ryijy is a form of Finnish tapestry or cloth rug.
The name ryijy originated with the Scandinavian word rya, which means "thick cloth". The decorative ryijy rug is an art form unique to Finland. In the late 19th century, ryijy rug weaving developed as a folk art. Some of the most beautiful tapestries were woven then.

 Originally woven for use as coverlets and bedding, they were mainly in natural colors, white, gray, and black. Some tones of yellow, red, green, and blue were introduced with vegetable dyes. Later, aniline dyes added another dimension of color and design.

The use of color and pattern is especially unique to the Finnish ryijy. Dating back to the 18th century, a ryijy was often used as a prayer rug during wedding ceremonies; the tapestry was then hung for display in the couple's home.

Different regions had designs specific to the event and colors specific to the local plants for dyes. Designs were often geometric shapes and florals, or figures of humans, animals, or birds. A very typical motif was the Tree of Life signifying family heritage.

perjantai 25. elokuuta 2017


 St. Anthony's Day and sardine lunch 

 The neo-classical Elevador Santa Justa in central Lisbon

 Suspension bridge 

keskiviikko 23. elokuuta 2017

Laterns and Temples

Entrance to Longshan Temple from  Catheline, Taiwan
Longshan Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits.

Longshan Temple from Wei Yi,Taiwan

Chiufen  village street view with laterns.
Chiufen, is a mountain area in Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
From SueMei,Taiwan

maanantai 21. elokuuta 2017


 Strömmingsbådan lighthouse,  Södra Vallgrund, Finland
The iron lighthouse was built in 1885 and it is 12m high.
Art by Marléne Ström

.Norrskär lighthouse, Södra Vallgrund, Kvarken
Art by 

 Utgrynnan lighthouse Södra Vallgrund
Art by Margareta Hjerpe,

Södra Vallgrund

sunnuntai 20. elokuuta 2017


  The new Sanctuary of  Our Lady of Meritxel

The Nostra Senyora de Meritxell Sanctuary is located in the central part of Andorra. It is the most important place for the Catholic Church in the Andorra. You will find there two churches: the older one, which is a monument of Romanesque Style and a new sanctuary, designed by the famous Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. His inspirations for the project of the new sanctuary were the Andorran landscapes, its mountains and valleys. 

Nowadays, the day of the Holy Virgin of Meritxell is one of only four bank holidays in Andorra (8th September). The Holy Mary of Meritxell is the patron saint of this traditionally religious country.

Meritxell is a part of Ruta Mariana (The Marian Route) a pilgrimage route connecting 5 Marian shrines in Spain, France and Andorra, around the Pyrenees Mountains. It comprises of the following sanctuaries:

Lourdes in France
Montserrat in Spain
Meritxell in Andorra
Torreciudad in Spain
Zaragoza in Spain

perjantai 18. elokuuta 2017

Kiev, Ukraine

Darnytsia urban district Railway Bridge in Kiev
Direct swap from Nastya

Kiev, that historically was situated on the right bank of the Dnieper River, covers both banks of the river whose width, as it flows through the city, reaches some several hundred metres. Additionally, several tributaries fall into the Dnieper inside or just north or south of the historic city. Currently there are eight bridges spanning across the river and a few dozen bridges across the canals and Dnieper tributaries.  Due to the location and the width of the river, the bridges have always been a very attractive and hard to realize option throughout the long history of Kiev.

The temporary floater bridges were known to have existed since the 12th century. The stationary bridges existed in Kiev from the mid-19th century, but none of them survived through the turbulent events that followed the 1917 Russian Revolution.

keskiviikko 16. elokuuta 2017

Kazakhstan, Astana

Astana by night 
My first card from Kazakhstan sent by Tatyana in Öskemen. 

Expo 2017 is an International Exposition scheduled to take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Expo's theme is "Future Energy", and aims to create a global debate between countries, non-governmental organizations, companies and the general public on the crucial question: "How do we ensure a safe and sustainable access to energy for all whilst reducing CO2 emissions?"

Suomi osallistuu 10.6.–10.9.2017 Kazakstanin pääkaupungissa järjestettävään Astana EXPO 2017-maailmannäyttelyyn ainoana pohjoismaana. Kansainvälinen maailmannäyttely järjestetään Kazakstanin pääkaupungissa Astanassa teemalla Tulevaisuuden energia.

maanantai 14. elokuuta 2017

Kvarken Archipelago

De Geer-moraines Kvarken

Moraine is a blend of blocks, gravel, sand, mud and silt. The material was formed when the glacial ice was moving and wearing the rock beneath. In the Kvarken Archipelago many types of moraine formations can be found, as De Geer-moraines and Transversal ridges. Moraine formations also occur on the ocean floor.

Replot bridge and Kvarken archipelago

In summer 2006, The Kvarken Archipelago got listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Kvarken Archipelago together with the High Coast in Sweden form a unique geological entity and a transboundary World Natural Heritage Site. The steep High Coast and the flat Kvarken Archipelago (the low coast) are topographical opposites. Together they serve as a unique example of ongoing geological and biological processes and ecosystem development in time and space.

The distance between the areas is 150 kilometres and consists of 7000 skerries and islets. The land rises by 8-8.5 mm annually and creates about 1 km2 new land every year. With this rate the land uplift will create a permanent gateway over the Kvarken in about 2500 years.

The Kvarken Archipelago is Finland's first World Natural Heritage and the 162 World Natural Heritage on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are 31 World Heritage sites in the Nordic Countries.

My UNESCO collection

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