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Saturday, 31 July 2010

A Work of Art

2010 07 28 dahlias gold frame-4

Have a guess, if you like, what technique was used for this piece of art.
I’ll give you the answer on Monday.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Yellow, Orange, Red…

2010 07 28 lilies x 3 frame-dt 

Why do two colours, put one next to the other, sing?
Can one really explain this? No.
Just as one can never learn how to paint.
~ Pablo Picasso ~



Thursday, 29 July 2010

Lilies by the Waterfall

2010 07 28 Lilies and waterfall 2

My lover has gone down to his garden,
       to the beds of spices,
       to browse in the gardens
       and to gather lilies.

~Song of Solomon 6:2~

See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.

~ Matthew 6:28-29 ~

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Bird Psychology


- Nice day for a stroll, isn’t it? Great opportunity to chat a bit…


- What was that you said? Now, this looks interesting…

- Ah, yummy! And it’s all MINE!
- Hrmf! If he’s going to be like THAT, I’m not so sure I’m interested…


- Silly old bird…
- Actually it wasn’t as good as I expected, whatever it was…


- … and now it seems I lost my friend, too!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Mosaic Monday: Church Reflections

2010 07 20 church window reflections

Same church as in yesterday’s post. Look carefully at the window. Part of what you see is the reflection of the view outside (compare the street photo), but at the same time you also see across the church room inside and get a glimpse of another window on the other side of the building. The church is from the 17th century but there was another church in the same spot since medieval times.

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Church Tower


2010 07 20 church tower frame

Those evening bells! Those evening bells!
How many a tale their music tells,
Of youth, and home, and those sweet time,
When last I heard their soothing chime.

Thomas Moore

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Roses On A Wooden Wall


The roses obviously like the hot and sunny summer we’ve been having.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Pure And Simple


"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." 
~ Oscar Wilde ~

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Water Lilies




Now the water lilies are in bloom – compare Water Lily Leaves from ~ 3 weeks ago…

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Countryside Museum

2010 07 Bredared

Most towns and villages have some kind of cultural centre, a village hall (used for a variety of public and private events) and/or museum of local history. This village hall in Bredared, Västergötland, has recently had the addition of a museum housing the works  of local woodcraft artist Uno Axelsson (d. 2002). The pictures to the right show the village hall; the one in the top left hand corner is the museum building. In the summer there is also a café in the village hall so tourists can stop for coffee and a piece of cake in connection with visiting the museum. On the day we were there it was raining though so not tempting to sit in the garden!

2010 07 153 Uno's Owls

Uno Axelsson was over 50 years old when he started making wood sculptures. He found his inspiration in nature, studying animals, and collecting oddly shaped pieces of wood. All his sculptures were made in one piece. The eyes are not glass but painted and lacquered. He never sold any of his sculptures, he gave some away but kept most of them in a private museum in his own barn. Over a period of 27 years, he made about 250 wooden sculptures, big and small. After his death, his collection was moved to a new museum built by the local folklore society.

I took a lot of photos when we were there… Sharing some in this post here, and more will appear (or have already appeared) at my other blog The Island of the Voices.


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The sculptures are very life-like and at the same time display a great sense of humour.
This makes them popular with both young and old visitors.

2010 07 156 Unos Animals

Friday, 16 July 2010

Bird’s View


Photo taken through the window on the 6th floor of the hospital.

Thursday, 15 July 2010



Picture taken at a Garden Centre where I went to buy flowers for my balcony.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Something To Cool Me Down…


It’ HOT here so I’m throwing in a COOL picture from last year… It’s an artificial waterfall they’ve made down a steep hill in a park, running down to a lake beneath.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Green Gables


"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables

I passed this house on a walk a couple of weeks ago and Green Gables came to mind…  
I don’t know the history of the building but at present it is a nursery/ day care centre.

Saturday, 10 July 2010



Sunflower – Helianthus annuus – Solros
… and busy bumble bee…

Friday, 9 July 2010

Skywatch Friday: Through The Roof




These magnificent birds are soaring over the foyer at the hospital.



If you want more pictures of the sky from around the world… Visit Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 8 July 2010



Pansy from one of the flower boxes on my balcony. They are beginning to look less good now (and soon time to replace them with something else when I find the time and energy) but this photo was taken while they were still looking fresh, before those really hot days of blazing sun set in last weekend.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Mosaic Monday: Lupins

2010 06 Lupines collage

These are not “native” flowers in Sweden but by now widely spread. I remember them from my early childhood (and onwards) growing along the railway running by my grandparents’ house; but in many other places too, around Midsummer.

For more Monday Mosaics, visit Mary’s Little Red House.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Water Lily Leaves

2010 06 water lily leaves frame

The water lilies not in bloom yet but their leaves made a colourful picture anyway.

“It took me time to understand my water lilies.” ~ Claude Monet ~

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Weather Heating Up


Water sprinklers on the football (soccer) field earlier this week. 
Weather forecasts predict a hot weekend.

“To a gardener there is nothing more exasperating
than a hose that just isn't long enough.”
-  Cecil Roberts

“Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.”
-   St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, 1 July 2010

To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry


Visit Skywatch Friday to see more summer skies from around the world.

Something To Lighten Up A Grey Day

2010 06 café chandelier

This is the café across the bridge in yesterday’s collage. These pictures were taken on a grey morning before the café was open. That suited me fine, because what I really wanted to catch with the camera was their outdoors crystal chandeliers.


And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. ~ Genesis 1:3-5 ~


Awards given to DawnTreader's Picture Book

Over-the-Top Award from NPT @ The Nature..., 3 November 2009.
More info at The Island of the Voices.

'Blog of the Week' from Brett @ 365 to 42, 9 November 2009.

From Scriptor Senex @ Rambles From My Chair, 22 November 2009

About Me - DawnTreader

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