Photos and Words

Photographs and blog posts by Arnaldo Pellini

Posts from the ‘nature’ category

Winter wonderland series / 5

Which way?, 2019

I woke up and went down to the lake. It had snowed a lot over the previous two days. The mark left by the snowmobile where not too fresh but still very visible. Somebody had passed nearby the shore but I could not remember hearing it. The made a small detour thinking about whether to get back from here or continue. The trees were holding the snow and when I turned the image to black and white I thought that it seemed a copper-etched print.

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Winter cottage

It has been snowing a lot during the last few days. The snow has brought silence in the forest. The wind has stopped blowing. There is an incredible peace if one stops for a moment to listen to the silence.

18 seconds of sunset in Belitung

 

 

I took this sequence of photos at sunset on the island of Belitung, on the east of South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy

I have been looking into my photos database to look for photos to add to my black&white series. Here few photos I took at the Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2005.

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Nordic winter, some years ago

I am cleaning up photos in old folders. Deleting what I do not want to keep and saving and storing the ones I want to keep and share again. I found these photos taken January  in 2007, right after the new year, on an early afternoon. The light was magic. The lake and the nature very quiet. No wind. Juts the sky, the ice and the sun.

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

Back to some colour at UnaUna!

 

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We travelled to the Togean islands in Central Sulawesi between Christmas and new year. We landed in a small island, off from the main islands of the Togean archipelago, UnaUna.

We stayed in a small resort that was opened only a year ago. It is run by a young couple. He is from UnaUna, she is from Tampere (Finland). The wooden houses with the rooms have a Finnish flavour. Maybe it is the brown paint over the wooden planks, maybe the small porch where one can sit and watch at the sea, maybe it is the fresh bread that is baked every day, or maybe it is that on that small island, in central Indonesia, off the beaten track, I met 6 Finnish people all at once.

I travelled with my Olympus EM OMD 1, with the three MTF lenses I have, all of which fit in a small camera bag: 17mm 1,8, 45mm 1,8, 12-40mm 2,8. The resort looks to the East. When I realised that I thought that I would not take landscape pictures as I am more a sunset person. I checked the sunrise time and thought that for one day I could just wake up early. So I did. I woke up early the first morning. The light was amazing. The sea was calm, the horizon clear. The clouds low at the horizon over the Togean islands could be mistaken as islands themselves. The colour of the sky changing every minute . I used the 12-40mm lens at various focal distances. I really enjoyed the 20 minutes or so I spent there. So much so, that I woke up at sunrise almost every day. It was worth it. All of which made me think that for 2016 I want to go back to post/print some colour pictures again.

Finnish forest #1

Trees bottom up

I took this photo nearby our cottage in Eastern Finland. The trees are slim and light in the Nordic forest. You rarely see large, imposing trees. They are thin, not too close to each other and when the wind blows they move gently and you can hear noise from their trunk as if we would be on one of those old sailing ship travelling from Asia to Europe a couple of centuries ago transporting spices, minerals, etc.

Clouds on a Finnish lake n.4

This photo was taken last July while we were at our summer cottage in Eastern Finland. I liked to wait for the time of the day when clouds would appear and create nice contrast with the water of the lake.

Clouds on a Finnish lake n.3

This photo was taken last July while we were at our summer cottage in Eastern Finland. I liked to wait for the time of the day when clouds would appear and create nice contrast with the water of the lake.

Clouds on a Finnish lake n.2

This photo was taken last July while we were at our summer cottage in Eastern Finland. I liked to wait for the time of the day when clouds would appear and create nice contrast with the water of the lake.

Clouds on a Finnish summer lake

Finnish lake

I took this photo from the pier of our cottage in Finland, last July. It must have been around 10:00pm. The clouds moved slowly as there was little or no wind. Enough time to capture their reflection in the calm water of the lake.

15 years, today. This is for you, with love.

Reflections on summer night on a Finnish lake

Finnish horizon

I took this photo from the pier of our cottage in Finland, last July. It must have been around 10:30pm. There was no wind. The water was smooth as a mirror. All very peaceful.

London greens

The end of June in London was incredibly hot. For the week I was there the sky was blue most of the time. No clouds in sight and very low humidity. Every morning I walked through Brockwell Park to get to Herne Hill railway station and catch the train to Blackfriars Bridge. I was walking through early, at around 7 or 7:30. The colours were crisp. The greens very green. The blue of the sky very blue. Very nice.

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