Family

Back from Canary Islands

We are back to chilly Finland. In Canary Islands it was sunny all the time and temps between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius. Here in Finland it is grey weather with temps of 0-3 degrees Celsius. It was a fantastic holiday and the whole family enjoyed a lot. I had Ricoh GR and Fuji X-Pro1 with 35/1.4 lens with me. I haven’t had time even take the pics from the SD cards to my computer yet so I will post them later on here and in my Flickr site.

Here are few iPhone pics from our hotel and Amadores beach.

A view from the hotel Hotel lobby At Amadores beach

Run!

Our track and field club had a running competitions yesterday. Both Kaapo and Tiitus were competing, Kaapo 800 meters and Tiitus 400 meters. Lovely weather, great company, and heartwarming spirits. Everybody got a trophy and especially a good mood. This is how you organize sports competitions for children. I saw everybody enjoying. A lot.

Above photos were shot with Fuji X-Pro1 and Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5 manual focus lens. I had some problems to get the focus spot on and also camera shake was not so nice time to time because of lag of image stabilization. I was thinking during shooting this event how good the Fujinon 55-200mm zoom lens would have been.

Hymypoika

Hymypoika, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Kaapo got Hymypoika (“Smiling boy”) statue from school today. This statue is awarded by other students of the school. The statue will be given to a student who forwards good will, is happy, helpful, and honest friend. One boy and one girl studying in grades 1-3 will be awarded annually.

I am so very proud of him.

Kaapo’s first school year is soon over

Kaapo with classmates, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Oh my, it is so hard to believe how fast the time flies! After summer he will be going to the second grade. And just few moments ago he was a small baby – at least I feel so.

He has been very good in his schoolwork for which I am very proud of. And he has got lots of new friends that is also a fantastic thing. I hope that at least some of those friendships will last all of his life. That would be a real treasure.

My grandmother

My grandmother, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Last Saturday I visited her with my family. It is always so emotional to see her. She is a great character and a very special person to me. She is now 92 years old and suffering from mild Alzheimer’s. I was so grateful that she still recognized us all and discussed with us quite lively.

Please, visit your loved ones. Your visit will be very important to them and even more to yourselves.

Lovely Flickr Explore

I have never understood how Flickr Explore picks up the photos which will be presented in the Explore photostream. And I do not actually care. All I can say that it is a lovely system because you can get casual everyday snapshots in Explore. The shot below is a very good example of that. Just my son Tiitus helping me out with the firewood. It is a great memory and actually an exploration of life for Tiitus. Maybe that is why it was in Explore.

Few to albumize

We frequently (well, not so lately as you can see!) order print photos of our shots using a web based photo printing service. It is so nice to look through the photos from a photo album. It is totally different feeling to take an album in your hands and start browsing the photos and memories. Our sons, Kaapo and Tiitus, like to do that very often too and many times we discuss about the old shots. That pile of photos below will fill up four albums. I am so pleased that my wife is very good in albumizing!