Posted on June 8, 2014
Yesterday I was doing laundry and sitting on the balcony reading almost all day. It was sunny and warm and beautiful clouds on the sky passing by. The book I was reading, “En av oss (One of us) by Åsne Seierstad, was so sad though. It is about what happened in Utöya, Norway, in July 2011. I will never forget when I sat in our summer house listening to the radio. It took SO long before me and the people around me actually understood what had really happened. That one man had shot down 69 people on a tiny island in Norway, mostly teenagers. Young humans with hopes and dreams.
Still impossible to understand.
Posted on June 6, 2014
On sunny days Lagoa do Fogo in the Azores should look like this:
To be honest, now when I so clearly can see the differences it makes me a bit sour, but I know I will be back there one day to walk this trail: Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo.
And even though the air was all grey I think I got some pretty cool shots out of it:
I also made some photos with HDR effect.
More info about Lagoa do Fogo from Wikipedia: “Lagoa do Fogo (English: Lagoon of Fire) is a crater lake within the Agua de Pau stratovolcano in the center of the island of São Miguel Island in the Azores. The governmental authorities do not allow any modern construction around this lake. This lake is the highest above sea level on São Miguel Island”.
Posted on June 5, 2014
Posted on June 5, 2014
I was sitting on the bus, looking out the window. The weather has been alternating today to say the least, but at this moment it was sunny. I started looking out and I saw this amaaazing shape and I wanted to get off and I wanted to yell to the bus driver that he had to stop. But of course I didn’t. Instead I kept looking out and look at it for as long as I could. My mind started to wander. Could I go home, get my camera and go back before it was gone? Or should I just settle with some Iphone pics?
Oh my god oh my god. It is crowing. Becoming even BETTER. I WANT IT! Now! Let me out.
I was thinking so hard. And my eyes was looking so intense out the window it almost gave me a headache.
Want to get off.
Want to get off.
Almost cant breathe.
Then I started laughing, and thinking about peoples addictions. Alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping. I don’t belong in those words but after today I think it is time for me to admit:
My name is Malin and I am a cloudoholic.
Posted on June 4, 2014
When I was in the Acores I went on a trip with Solresor to Ceramica Vieira – a ceramic factory with some beautiful surroundings.
I found it interesting to see how making ceramics work, and for my friend who I was traveling with it was actually one of her absolutely favourite places (it was one of mine aswell, but then again, pretty much all places was my favourites). The women working with the clay was impressive and the seats did not look comfortable at all.
The most interesting thing for me was that they paint the ceramics in something that is pink, and after being baked in I think 1000 degrees for several hours it comes out blue! That is why there is so much blue ceramics out there. I was kind of mindblown by this fact but I suppose I am not that hard to impress, ha!
Looking at all the process and finally ending up at the store I expected everything to be expensive, but it was not at all. Really nice bowls for 13 euros made me wonder how they could even survive on this. Impressive and well worth a visit!
Posted on June 3, 2014
I have not seen the Cove until last night, simply because it is about animals being mistreated and me and animal abuse do not add up … at all. So when I all of a sudden starting watching the Cove before sleep it was nothing but error…
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
How can people do this? I do not understand. And even more, I can not understand how this can still be ongoing. Shouldn’t there be some kind of universal law that could stop this?
Taiji is where a lot of dolphin trainers go to find there new “friends”, and those who do not get chosen is being slaughtered. And the ones who survive often gets stressed to death since cages are for bad people and not for wild animals. It the movie they say that the smile of a dolphin is their own worst enemy, because they look happy even though they are not and this makes it easy for people to treat them badly since it doesn’t really show.
Richard O’Barry started being with dolphins very early since he was the dolphin trainer of the world wide famous Flipper. Before Flipper, dolphins in caged environments were very rare, but the movies made the market explode since everyone wanted to see and hang out with dolphins after watching Flipper. A zillion billion dollar industry like Sea World grew and grew and eventhough they look happy, dolphins are not made to live in such small areas. Dolphins can swim 40 km in just one day in the wild. How can they be doing well in a pool that is 50-100 meters?
Richard O’Barry went from being a dolphin trainer to an activist after a dolphin died in his arms. He told in the film that whales and dolphins have the very uncommon “quality” of being able to choose if or if not to breathe. So when dolphins just have had enough, they can stop breathing just like that. One of the dolphins that was playing Flipper just one day came up in his arms and stopped breathing.
Animals are for being seen in the wild and no where else. And this is why eventhough I love animals, I almost never go to the zoo (of any kind).
Posted on June 2, 2014
Today I saw this masterpiece on the wall of a building that I pass by a lot. Someone has been busy the past few days, that is for sure! These pics are just from my Iphone but I want to get some photos with my Nikon aswell so I can see all the details in the painting. From these pics I can see that it says Amor on his fingers and that something is growing (?) on his sholder and that he has a birds nest on his head (a little bit prettier then when a bird pooped me in the face last week that’s for sure).
Posted on June 2, 2014
The judges are:
Deputy Picture Editor
(Don’t know any of them, sorry!)
These categories are available:
I really haven’t photographed that many portraits but it for sure is an area that I would like to work more on. For this specific competition I probably wont join though, unless I find some great animal portraits in the archive.
Posted on June 1, 2014
Yesterday I was lying in bed looking through the pictures from Friday and after castle, trees and sunset this picture just turned up without a warning! Oh my I was laughing so hard when I saw it – and still am.
Will get back with some more “serious” photos later from this great weekend.
“I don’t think I’m made of the right stuff to be a poitician. I think I’m made to be a loose cannon.”
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