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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 19th 2012

Wanderer Wings, Legs and Tails – was entitled a competition of photographs not much long ago organized by Kizhi Museum management. The results don’t count – that time was not important to make out who is who. By the way profi’s know it without any competitions. Important was a variety, much sense of humor, rich imagination. Fancy, fantasie! And luck. Because You can wait hours and hours till this beautiful insect or reptile – dear little thing – decides it’s time to rest a bit or, quite in juxtaposition, it’s time to go, to climb, to fly, to jump home. But… where is the home? Every photo has two titles. One from its author, mainly professional photographer. Other – from myself (NN) as it just came from above ( I mean heaven). I propone each of ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 15th 2012

Wanderer Our way goes further. Now already on the island in Lake Onega. Its name is Kizhi ( Russian Kiži – cyrillic, Karelian Kiži). Kizhi is near the geometrical center of Lake Onega and one of almost 1,400 islands situated in lake. By far not the biggest – about 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi). But very beutiful and valuable. Now it’s rather a kind of museum – the whole island. And even the traditional rural life is a part of this status. But there is no theatre: everything is true, genuine. Look at this young woman – she is working like her ancestors centuries ago. Photo Oleg Semenenko The marvellous wooden buildings – a part of them – really are collected in Karelia in order to keep them 'alive'. But per se they are also real ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 12th 2012

Rügen II Wanderer Yes, again Rügen, again a dream land. This time – with more wide chronological swing. And just as an annex, appendix, reminder. At first, a paysage as seen and painted by Caspar David Friedrich (Kreidefelsen auf Rügen / Chalk cliffs on Rügen, ~ 1818). All fine traced, especially in the romantic wishful branch of leaves with the almost Art Nouveau motifs and winding. Also the characters – well, not really travellers, not exactly epicurians, picnic participants. The curious elderly Mr. as if wanting to look down, as if not to… Beautiful, even a bit too much. To evaluate painting as evidence of its age and the typical expression – that can I understand and support, to love and to take close to the heart – that’s not very likely …url= ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 11th 2012

Caspar David Friedrich Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer / The Wanderer above the See and Fog (1818) I call myself – Wanderer. Right – it’s a song by Franz Schubert: Der Wanderer / The Wanderer (Georg Philipp Schmidt von Lübeck in my poor nonpoetical translation) – I come from the mountains, It steams the valley, roars the sea. I wander silent, joyless, sad And always sigh and ask – o, where? The sun seems here so rough, so cold, The flowers faded, the life – too old, And what they say, is empty sound; I am a stranger everywhere. Where are you, my beloved land? Sought, yearned after, never seen! That land where hope is fresh and green, That land wh... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 8th 2012

Wanderer As already written (in the Post The Swan of Tuonela) such symbolic signs have been made and seen much, much earlier, in ancient times (presumable Later Neolithyc) as stone forgings, carvings, drawings (petroglyphs). A number of them occurr in a beautiful shore of the nordic lake. It’s itself again a sign of Nordic Nature. Finnish it is called Ääninen / Äänisjärvi, Karelian Oniegu / Oniegu-järve, Veps Anin / Änižjärv, but Russian Onega / Onego, Onežskoe Ozero (Lake Onega / Onego, Onezhskoe lake, nowadays that lake belongs to Russia). These ancient signs are visible on lake’s shore rocks and islands. But the lake seems to be as ever: wast, mainly calm, with his own life and own... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 5th 2012

Wanderer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957): Tuonela, the land of death, the hell of Finnish mythology, is surrounded by a large river with black waters and a rapid current on which the Swan of Tuonela floats majestically, singing. Finnish and Karelian mythology is beautiful and terrible. One of the most original characters there is the Swan of Tuonela / Tuonelan joutseno. It is rarely directly involved in stories, and serves more as a symbolic figure. It is a holy totem animal and the bird of the soul to Karelians. Swan is marked with a special meaning and role of duality, as a part of the kingdom of Death. Black swan glides along the Dead River Tuoni waters, sad singing its eternal ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 1st 2012

Wanderer Pace, pace, pace – Amneris sings at the end of the opera Aida. It’s a peace from all the passions, fights, contradictions in her soul and in this opera’s story. It’s a peace full of tragedy, but nevertheless it is a solution. Pace, pace, pace … Just peace is peculiar for lakes – in the highest limit between all waters in the free nature. Yet it is an absolutely different kind of peace – self-confident, self-respecting, higher and stronger than even time is. In immemorial ancient times, legends and tales tell lakes had flown through the air and only then, when someone called them right they fell down and stayed there. It’s not known how was it really if someone hit the right word at a slope or hillside … But Latvian lakes names ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga April 28th 2012

Photo Andres Colmenares Severe, long-term water tumbled stones and a layer of smaller stones, the harsh minimalism, a real coldness blows to everyone. But nearby – a real orgy of color, a wide range of plants already in atmosphere of Indian summer, incredible motifs arranged in a carpet. It is Rügen, German island in the Baltic Sea. Is Rügen located in the north? We... read more

Europe » Latvia » Kurzeme Region » Liepaja April 24th 2012

Wanderer It is the emblem (Cout of Arms!) of Liepāja. On one side of the Eschutcheon – a lion. Although it is not heard that in Liepāja or around the town ever lived any lions. However, this does not prevent to put the lion on the emblem. Some other people, towns and states – and even further north – put on their coats of arms even more lions. But some of the coats of arms have even the Moon and Sun on them! On the second half of the emblem is a lime (liepa / Tilia cordiata), from which, presumably, hence the common Latvian name Liepāja (until 1917 Germ. Libau, Russ. Libava). Limes in the city are everywhere, and a pity that there are little convincing, expressive images to display.url=http://www.nor... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga April 21st 2012

Wanderer Fish oil – Horror of my childhood. It was around 1950 – 1952, we lived modestly, sometimes having trouble even with bread. Really this was because of serious flooding – a little town Jēkabpils (Germ. Jakobstadt) was cut off from the outside world, but ended in flour. At that time every morning to all of us three children after breakfast before going to school was to drink fish oil, a whole tablespoon. Disgusting! We did even realize that it is necessary for us, and my mother’s supervision (as it was in case of Tom Sawyer and Aunt Polly) was not required. But the oil was so disgusting and repugnant, that each time I was afraid to induce vomiting. Of course, it was already known and verified th... read more

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