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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Board Games, Snow and Little People

At the end of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, (which may or may not have killed my will to ever write again and completely alienated me from the entire blogging business for an entire month), P.J. decided to throw out another challenge, in the process making himself persona non grata with just about every sane blogger out there. Not me, though, because I am decidedly not sane.

Anyway, P.J. suggested a photo challenge. One theme, one month, five photos. Today is the last day of the month, and the theme P.J. gave us on the first day of the month was "My World".

I didn't set out to take any specific photos with the challenge in mind. In fact, I deliberately tried to forget all about the challenge and just take photos. I figured any photos I took would inevitably fall into the category of "My World", so my only objective this month was to actually carry the camera around with me. Today I finally sat down with the photos I've taken this month, and here are now five photos of things that were all part of my world in March.

At the beginning of the month, M and I decided to play board games. It was a lot of fun until M won and I threatened with divorce. I'm not the best loser...



I've also done a ridiculous amount of baking, and these were definitely a favorite of mine. And M's.



March was incredibly cold and wonderfully sunny in Finland. This next photo was taken at sunrise, around 7:23 am while I was driving to work. It was -20 C (-4 F) and birds were singing. Add some warmly dressed dwarves and it could've been a Disney movie.



I also visited my grandparents, and took the opportunity to take this photo of my 92-year-old grandfather.



And last, but certainly not least, we have the one thing that just would not die. Snow. Tons and tons of it. The past few winters have been so snowy that in the snow dumping sites there is vintage snow from three years back. I am convinced 2013 will be the year when winter wins and spring will never arrive.



That's all for now, folks. Go visit P.J. for a list of anyone else who took five measly photos in March. *
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36 comments:

  1. Happy Easter Ziva! Your photos are always a delight. Sounds like you need a trip to sunny California. We had a gully washer of a rain last night but the sun has prevailed yet again.

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  2. These photos are awesome! Well done this month, Ziva. The board game was is awesome, the sunrise... taking photos and triving? Tsk, tsk, tsk! And the baking... I want some of those. :)

    Also that you went black and white with your grandfather's photo is really nicely done.

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  3. Oh my. That snow is CRAZY! Lovely photos, my dear. I wish you warmer temps soon.

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  4. I'm happy you came back. Even if you did post a picture of snow. I've missed you. And if you and I were married, I would always let you win at board games. Just sayin'.

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  5. Happy Easter, Tami! I do need a trip to someplace warm and sunny. The forecast says it won't get any warmer for at least another week here. The snow will never melt away.

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  6. Thanks P.J! I think this challenge is a great idea, it keeps me taking photos throughout the month, which is exactly what I want. I'll try to stop taking photos while driving, though.. ;) I'll check in tomorrow to see what theme you've chosen for us for April. :)

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  7. Thank you ever so much, Reffie, if you want some of our snow, you're very welcome to have it. ;)

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  8. I'm signing the divorce papers now, I'll be there by Wednesday and I'm bringing the board games. You don't have any snow, do you?

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  9. Lovely photos, Z! The one of your Faffa is amazing! Indigo x

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  10. Omg...I love the photo of your grandfather.

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  11. Wonderful photos. I especially like the shallow depth of field you selected for the board game and baking photographs. I also like that you opted for black and white processing of your grandfather's portrait - it helps reveal the character in his face.

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  12. Love the photo of your grandpa... perfect in black & white! I've left the snow in Rochester and escaped to Florida for a few days... loving going out barefoot in the morning to sit by the pool! Wish you could join me!

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  13. Peggy Vork-ZamboryApril 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Hello, Ziva! The snow continues here as well with one last "in yer face" snowfall yesterday, a furious little storm lasting about 25 minutes.

    The picture of your grandfather is my favorite and made me think of a song. "I Long to See the Old Ones" I think it was called...


    Peggy, aka Pearl

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  14. Thank you, Indigo. :) Will you be participating in the challenge yourself?

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  15. Thanks, Dani, it's a favorite of mine. :)

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  16. Thank you so much, the black and white of my grandfather is one of my favorites, and I love playing with the 50 mm for those wonderfully shallow depths of field. :)

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  17. You're in Florida? Damn, I jealous. I'm joining you in spirit, Boom Boom, have a drink for me. :)

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  18. The snow just won't stop coming down this year. The forecast says we'll be getting some more snow next weekend, and I am seriously considering moving to Tunisia. And I'm sure there'd be lots to photograph there. ;)

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  19. I went out barefoot this week too. Of course I was hung over when I let the cat out. Nearly froze my damn toes off in the snow.

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  20. Don't talk to me about snow. I love that pic of your grandfather. I only hope I look so debonair when I'm 92. Hell, I hope I reach 92.

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  21. As much as I love that sunshiny shot, your grandfather has stolen my heart. If those cookies don't have licorice in them, feel free to send them my way.

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  22. Lovely capture of your grandfather. Perfect in mono,

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  23. Isn't -22C summertime in Finland?

    Your photo of your grandfather stands outs because it's iconic and perfectly composed and exposed.

    Your photo of your baked goods stands out because I'm hungry.

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  24. -4???? Holy cow! I Love the pic of your grandfather! :)
    My pics are up this morning... late... *sigh*

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  25. Your grandfather is a very handsome guy, Ziva! All of your photos are amazing!

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  26. I love the composition of these shots, Ziva. Great looking photos! I hope your will for writing returns, although I must admit I understand where you're coming from. That February challenge kicked the crap out of me, too.

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  27. You're so stubborn you'll easily make it to 92. ;)

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  28. I love taking photos of my grandfather, he has this certain look about him that I love. And the cookies were so good they disappeared in a day. ;)

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  29. Thank you, Alistair! I love taking photos of people, and my grandfather is a very good subject. :)

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  30. Yes.


    Thank you, I took several photos of him that day, but that one is one of my favorites. :)


    I'm sorry to say, the cookies are all gone. If you come over, I'll bake some more, though.

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  31. Yeah, it's pretty cold. ;) And thank you. :)


    I'll be right over to check out your photos.

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  32. He sure is! Looks-wise, I'm a female version of him, so I know pretty much exactly what I'll look like at 92. ;)

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  33. Thank you so much, KZ! I'll probably get back to blogging now that I've finally broken the silence. I think I needed the break after the hell of the writing challenge. ;)

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  34. Wow, Ziva! These are really gorgeous photos!

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