Solstice Skies

summer solstice sky, västerbotten, sweden, by marion

summer solstice full moon, västerbotten, sweden, by marion

summer solstice sunset, västerbotten, sweden, by marion


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One May Evening

spring flowers

grass along a red wood wall

straw

rut in the field

dandelion

horsetails

… watching the earth turn green once again.

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The Golden Hour

Field Västerbotten Sweden

willow buds

Tree Västerbotten Sweden

Barn Västerbotten Sweden

willow buds

… at this time of the year, comes just before dinnertime.

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Where Are You From? What Do You Do?

Cat paw prints in the frost

Frost on the grass

Swedish winter light

“Why Sweden?” people ask, and I say “I don’t know”, “long story”, or “why not?”. It’s because of that light, really. I have never been good at answering these kinds of questions.

“Where in France are you from?”
“Here is where I was born.”
“But this accent of yours?”
“Ah, yes, I got it from where my family is from.”
“Oh, so that’s where you grew up?”
“No, no, I’ve never lived there.”
“Where did you study, then?”
“Here. And there.”
“Is that where are you going “home for Christmas”?”
“Er, no, actually…”

Except for these somewhat confused conversations, I’ve never suffered from the fact that I just don’t have a straightforward answer to the where are you from question.

It feels like a wealth rather than a gap in my life. For a while — not anymore — I considered it a superiority. That was extremely arrogant, but I clung to it as a desperate reassurance that my life was what I wanted it to be – which it wasn’t.

Unhappy as I was in the lab, every time I stepped outside to make my way to the campus, Iooking at the light, the snow, and the colorful houses, I couldn’t help but say to myself: this is where I want to live, and here I am.

***

It’s the second winter in the little red house up North, away from the lab. It feels better than the first one. It feels good. I feel at peace with myself. I mean, have you seen that light?

***

Now for the what do you do question…

… well, one thing at a time.

Frozen droplets

Misty winter view

Some Things

some_things_12-11 Something to walk by while bringing in piles of freshly delivered firewood. I’m not complaining.

Some things about student life, and good advice on how to handle stress. Brought back a lot of memories. I agree wholeheartedly with point nr. 2!!!

Another thing that brought back memories about a totally different kind of stress: believe it or not, that’s actually what my phd thesis was all about!

Something colorful and delicate I could spend hours looking at: Anna Emilia Laitinen, one of my absolute favorite illustrators, has a brand new website.

Something to brighten up wintry salads. Yum! Reminded me of the beetroot story.

One last thing! I’m having a weekend sale over at Alpha Angle before putting the shop into hibernation during the holidays. 20% off all greeting cards with the code ALPHACARDS.

Have a great weekend!


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Some Things

Bokeh || Some Things || bymarion

Something twinkling at my window. I’d been wanting to practice bokeh again since reading this post by Freya earlier this week, and the occasion presented itself no later than Wednesday! When I first discovered Freya’s blog, she was writing about her dreams of one day becoming a professional photographer. And now, she is one. Which is so inspiring.

Something beautiful to illustrate nasty fungal matters, by Arpita Choudhury, a science communicator and artist behind the great blog The Science of Illustration.

Speaking of which, I just started a Knowledge & Art pinterest board to collect examples of  work presenting scientific knowledge in an artistic way. If you would like to contribute to this board, you’re welcome to email me: I’ll be happy to invite you.

And last, how about something sweet? Maybe a slice of pie?

Have a great weekend!


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Click, Click, Click

Winter light in my desk nookFor a few precious minutes, rays of winter light came into the house. Into my desk nook,

Winter light in the kitchen into the kitchen,

Winter light in the hallway into the hallway. I walked around with my camera. Click, click, click.

Here is a similar post from last year.

Winter light on the wall


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Some Things

moon_lamp

Something that happens at sunset at this time of the year. Here is a similar photo from last year.

Something I’m happy about: Sabrina Palmares, an artist and illustrator from the Philippines, recently relaunched her blog, Mustard World. I love her paper cuts and watercolors. Einstein is also on her desk, by the way!

So many things in so few words. Nelkumi‘s posts always take my breath away.

Some things we (don’t) say to people in elevators, and other things Stupidity Hole writes when he — lucky us! — has little to do at work — make me laugh and put me in a good mood.

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Oh, Just Sunset

sunset on the mountainsTo be honest, being there to capture this moment was entirely Basse‘s and Riri‘s doing, so I can’t really call it a reward, though it certainly felt like one. Anyway, this will have to be my entry for this week’s photo challenge. Thanks, guys!


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