Latvia

Latvia on meille suomalaisille huomattavasti vähemmän tuttu maa kuin Viro, mutta varmasti yhtälailla tutustumisen arvoinen. Olen käynyt siellä työn puolesta joitakin kertoja ja nyt taas syyskuun puolessavälissä. Tuosta työasiasta on toinen postaus perunatärkkelyssivustolla. Seuraavassa hiukan muita reissulla otettuja kuvia.

Ensin kuitenkin pari työaiheista otosta:

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Täällä tapahtuu tärkkelysperunoidenn pesu. Vastavalo ja työntekijä ovensuussa luo aika onnistuneen tunnelman.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Latvialaisilla suurilla luomutiloilla on varsin uuttakin kalustoa suomalaisia Valtra-traktoreita myöten. Tässä kuitenkin traktorikuski odottaa kuormaa Belaruksen nokalla istuen.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Latvia on Viron tapaan Suomeakin lättänämpi maa, mutta Gaujan kansallispuistoalueelta löytyy mäkiä ja harjujakin. Rannikon Via Baltican varrella olevat metsät ovat meikäläisittäin tutun näköistä havupuumetsää, mutta sisämaassa lehtimetsät ovat tyypillisempiä.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

SIguldan uusi linna näytti olevan hääparien susoiossa ja vanha Volga oli päässyt käyttöön. SIninen ei kuulemma ole alkuperäinen tehdasväri…

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Tammi Siguldan linnan pihalla.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Hiukan myöhemmin syksyn värit olisivat varmasti olleet parhaimillaan, mutta tästäkin löytyy mielenkiintoista “tekstuuria”.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Riikan kauppahallit ovat ehdottomasti vierailun arvoisia, eikä kuvaaminen näyttänyt porukkaa liiemmin haittaavan….

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Halleja on neljä rinnakkain ja ulkopuolella oleva torialue päälle. Kannattaa varata aikaa – meillä oli tunti ja ehdittiin hät’hätää juosta paikka läpi keskikäytäviä pitkin.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

… vaikkei se välttämättä hymyilyttänytkään.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Luomu ei hirveästi näkynyt, mutta tässä myytiin luomuleipomotuotteita.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Hyviä ravintoloita Riikassa riittää. Tässä ollaan latvialaista ruokaa tarjoilevassa Valtera’ssa.

 

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Permakulttuurikurssilla Ranskassa

Elo-syyskuun vaihteessa olin kahteen otteeseen viikon Ranskan Normandiassa Ferme du Bec Hellouinissa permakulttuurin PDC kurssilla. Kertomukset näistä viikoista ovat Iso-orvokkiniitty sivuillamme. Keräsin tähän mielestäni valokuvauksellisesti onnistuneimpia otoksiani matkalta.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Saavuin Bec Hellouinin kylään jo aamulla. Eksyin luostarin kirkkoon aamujumalanpalvelukseen. Ulos mennessä kehtasin ottaa yhden kuvan. 

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 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Ensimmäisellä kurssiviikon sketsit ovat myös hauskaa kuvattavaa. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Kurssin jälkeisenä lauantaina kävin tutustumassa Saint Dennisin Basilikaan, joka on ranskalaisten kuningasmielisten katolilaisten kunnioittama kirkko, johon Ranskan ensimmäiset kuninkaat on haudattu. Yksi kurssilaisista oli syvästi katolilais-kansallismielinen tavalla, jota suomalaisen uskonnottaman protestantin on vaikea ymmärtää. Joka tapauksessa hän tarjosi minulle yösijan ja kävin hänen suosituksestaan tutustumassa basilikaan.  

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Clio tykkäsi poimia omenia puussa kiipeilemällä ja oli oiva kuvauskohde. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Kuten myös omenat, tässä aamuauringossa, jolloin värit tulevat paremmin esiin, eikä ole jyrkkiä varjoja. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Tilliä aamulla. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Iltapäivän aurinko osuu pellolla puuhun. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Metsästä kerättiin sananjalkaa katematerialiksi, mikä myös tarjosi oivia kuvauskohteita. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Aasi ja hevonen aamun usvassa. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Mandalan teko tarjosi paljon kuvattavaa. Ludo löysi hymyilevän auringonkukan. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Yksityiskohta mandalasta. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Tilan isäntä Charles. 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Viimeisen illan asetelma. 

 

Fair Trade olives from Palestine

During a 10 day visit to the Palestinian West Bank the Finnish organic consultant Erkki Pöytäniemi visited Canaan Fair Trade in Burqin, which is in the northern part of the West Bank close to Jenin. The basic business idea is simple: to produce and export Fair Trade organic olive oil from olives produced by local Palestinian farmers. Erkki with his children were guests of Canaan Fair Trade and its founder Nasser Abufarha for 2 days in June 2013 and found out that there is much more to the Canaan story than that!

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Bottling Fair Trade organic olive oil at Canaan Fair Trade.

The man behind the operation is Nasser Abufarha (picture) who left Palestine back in 1983 to study in the USA. He studied IT, business and anthropology. Finally, after 20 years in the USA, his PhD work took him back to Palestine where he witnessed the increased economic marginalization and cultural isolation of Palestinian communities generally and farmers in particular under Israeli occupation. This realization led to founding Canaan Fair Trade and the Palestinian Fair Trade Association (PFTA) in 2005 and to Nasser Abufarha coming back to his home village Jalame.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi)

Nasser Abufarha, founder of Canaan Fair Trade.

The olive tree is the main crop and symbol of Palestine. 80% of farmland in Palestine is devoted to olive trees, which are often over 1,000 years old – and 40% of agricultural income comes from olives. The Palestinian food market is totally ”free-trade”, which means that products from Israel and Israeli settlements flow freely into the Palestinian marketplace, whereas Palestinians have restricted access to resources, including their own land and water or the Israeli market.

10,000 new trees are planted each year through Palestinian Fair Trade Association activities. Palestinian farmers who are caught in the conflict can generally not even cover their harvesting costs with the prices paid for olives on the local market. Therefore paying the farmers a fair price is a major way of empowering the Palestinian rural communities and building sustainable peace. Planting new trees is increasingly important due to the fact that Palestinian farmers constantly lose their land and olive groves as a result of the separation walls and fences built by Israel and due to Israeli settlers and the military uprooting olive trees. Access to water and access to their own land are the key questions for Palestinian farmers.

Pomegranate grove. (Erkki Poytaniemi)

Pomegranate grove.

Palestinian olive groves are largely ”organic” due to lack of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. But a conversion period to “certified organic” is still required. Cultivating olives is extensive, but the olive groves do need to be cared for. For example, the ancient terraces must be maintained. The olive groves and Canaan Fair Trade olive oil is certified organic by Swiss IMO to EU, USDA, JAS and Naturland standards. They are Fair Trade certified by IMO, FLO and Naturland. This is a ”good” example of the multiple certifications required from organic operators in developing countries.

By definition, fair trade is a commercial partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect. When Canaan Fair Trade started, there was no standard for Fair Trade olives or olive oil, so Canaan Fair Trade initiated the development of the standard. The first Fair Trade standard for oilseeds was published by FLO in 2008. The Palestinian Fair Trade Association consist of 34 co-ops from 43 Palestinian villages and includes some 1,700 farmers and 5,100 hectares (2011), of which 3,200 hectares are also certified organic (the rest is in conversion). Most of the farms – like Palestinian agriculture in general – are located in the northern part of the West Bank around Jenin. The hybrid partnership between a for-profit, mission-driven company, Canaan Fair Trade, and a non-profit organization, the Palestine Fair Trade Association, has worked well to benefit all stake-holders.

Muhammed Irshaid with small apples. (Erkki Poytaniemi)

Muhammed Irshaid with small apples.

On the second day of our visit we met Muhammed and Adil Irshaid on their farm to the south of Jenin in Sir. The 30 hectare farm is managed by four men: Muhammed Irshaid with his father and two brothers. The farm is bigger than the Palestinian farms in general and professionally managed. Employees on the farm benefit from Fair Trade rules. Muhammed Irshaid was recently elected as a new member to the Palestinian Fair Trade Association board. The farm cultivates nine crops, of which olives is most important. Increasingly, almonds have also been planted for the export market. Other crops cater for the domestic market: for example, apples, apricots, and peaches. The Irshaids are open to growing new crops: e.g. they have planted pine trees for producing pine seed.

Adil Irshaid enjoying fresh almonds. (Erkki Poytaniemi)

Adil Irshaid enjoying fresh almonds.

In total, with the help of its partners, Canaan has invested US$5m (close to €3.8m) in the business, facilities and equipment that include its state-of-the-art facility with the latest technology in olive presses, storage tanks and automated bottling and jarring. We were impressed by the facilities which were introduced to us by Manal Abdallah (see picture). Developing a quality product has also required education of the farmers to supply Canaan with good quality olives. The quality of olive oil mostly relates to how the olives are harvested. Developing their practices has resulted in the proportion of extra-virgin olive oil increasing from 15% at the start of the initiative to currently 80%. Altogether, 80 workshops are arranged for the farmers every year on different topics ranging from olive quality to first-aid.

Manal Abdallah showing the olive oil tanks at Canaan Fair Trade. (Erkki Poytaniemi)

Manal Abdallah showing the olive oil tanks at Canaan Fair Trade.

The West Bank is land-locked by Israel. The port for getting the products to market is Haifa in Israel. Exporting involves quite a few bureaucratic hurdles, so the export of perishables is not an option. Canaan Fair Trade business is now 85-90% about exporting Fair Trade organic olive oil. The biggest market is the USA with the UK and continental Europe following. Also Asia and more recently the Middle East are growing target markets. Most of the product is sold as bulk. However, even the bulk customers like soap manufacturer Dr Bronner in the USA rely heavily on the Palestinian origin and Fair Trade in the marketing and branding of their final product. Recently an increasing proportion of the planted trees are almonds which will be the second important product for export.

Until now the focus of Canaan Fair Trade has been mostly on developing the structures and the results are impressive. Now the focus will be shifted more to marketing and exports. Canaan Fair Trade has a great story to tell, which creates huge potential for developing a brand and sustainable business to the benefit of the Palestinian farming community.

"Olive oil" in Arabic script. (Erkki Poytaniemi)

“Olive oil” in Arabic script.

Canaan Fair Trade is by far the biggest organic farming initiative in Palestine but other initiatives exist as well. On another day we had dinner close to Betlehem at the Hosh Jasmin organic farm tended by artist and filmmaker Mazen Saadeh, who combines organic and permaculture methods on the farm. The farm is in the village Wallajeh and is threatened by the Israeli separation fences approaching from both sides. No-one knows yet on which side the farm will end up. 

On Saturday we visit a ”Baladi” farmers’ market in Ramalah. Baladi means fresh local food and the Sharaka initiative is trying to connect Palestinian traditional farmers with consumers. We only see the conflict from a distance – but looking more closely reveals a lot of people and initiatives trying to find solutions. Going organic and fair trade could be one part of building peace in the region.
All photos by Erkki Pöytäniemi. More pictures are available at: http://erkki.photoshelter.com/

The article was first published by organic-market.info

 

Fair Trade organic olive oil from Canaan Fair Trade. The oils come in different qualities. (Erkki Poytaniemi)

Fair Trade organic olive oil from Canaan Fair Trade. The oils come in different qualities.

Kücükkuyu, Turkey

Our second visit in Turkey was to Kücukkuyu and especially Dedetepe which is also a part of the TaTuTa or Turkish wwoofing network. Even though Dedetepe farm does produce olives it could rather be described as a ecovillage with a very international flavor as it is very popular among wwoofers from other European countries. At the time of our visit the team working at Dedetepe included young people from France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Palestine and of course Turkey. The gallery includes a few photos of Dedetepe; here is the Hamam which of course impressed us coming from Finand, the Sauna-country. Unfortunately we didn’t get to test it. It was hot anyway – which of course for us Finns is not a reason not to go to sauna, but…

The Dedetepe hamam. (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

The Dedetepe hamam.

The Italian couple Alessandro and Stefanio where responsible for baking and I tried to make a series of the baking process. Even though they used yeast instead of sour dough they where experienced bakers and used a low dosage of yeast and a long leavening process with the whole process from initially preparing the dough to ready baked bread taking 4 hours. Here is Alessandro with the breads out of the oven.

The bread is out of the oven. (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Alessandro with the bread out of the oven.

Every Friday the whole group goes down to the open market in Kücükkuyu for shopping the weeks vegetables. They have their favorite growers who are known to use traditional cultivation methods and no pesticides. However none of the growers at the market is certified organic. This lady is number one and she gets to sell quite a few baskets of vegetables to Dedetepe every week.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Mohammed receiving the cucumbers from Dedetepe’s favorite vegetable grower.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Abundance of vegetables.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Camtepe – designed by Victor Ananias – is Bugday Association’s education center on the mountain-side above Kücükkuyu.

A few kilometres up the hill is Camtepe, Bugday Associations ecologically built education center.

We also participated in the “Big Jump” to protect European rivers walking up the Mihli river behind Dedetepe to the old bridge with the whole Dedetepe team including people who had just arrived at Dedetepe for a family camp.

Big Jump to protect the rivers. (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Big Jump to protect the rivers at Mihli river.

Watch the gallery slideshow here:

Cazgirlar village and Agrida organic farm

After just one night in Istanbul our trip to Turkey in July 2013 started with a visit to Cazgirlar village in the Bayramiç district, Çanakkale Province. The village has only 50 people and is pretty much as remote as you can get in these parts. Many of the young people have left the village and a lot of houses are in bad shape due to no maintenance for years. It can be picturesque but not so good for living in. New life has been brought to the village by Agrida organic farm which participates in the TaTuTa system of Bugday association. This brings Wwoofers to the farm and village like Luis from Portugal who kindly showed us around the village and fields and pine forests around. We didn’t get to know that much about the farming side of the Agrida but seeing how the milk collection works in the village was very interesting. The atmosphere in the village is nice and it would certainly be worth a larger photography project.

 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

The village has a drinking spot for the animals. Many families seem to have 3-5 milking cows.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Next to the mosque and çayhane there is a small building with the villages milk tank. The milk is brought in, weighed and poured into the tank. The volumes are written into the notebook on the chair. A dairy truck fetches the milk.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

In the evening Luis showed us the fields above the village.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

And in the morning we went to the pine-forest on the other side of the village. Luis meditating on a rock.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

There is a lot of wild-life in and around Cazgirlar village. The dung beetle was fun to watch.

 

For the rest of the photos visit the photo gallery or watch the slideshow below.

 

 

 

Kukkolankosken Luomu: maisemanhoitoa Torniojoella

Elo-syyskuun vaihteessa teimme retken Pohjanmaan kautta Tornioon ja vierailimme kuvaamassa Ikaalisten Luomussa, MiNatur luomukaupassa Seinäjoella, Karin luomutilalla Lehtimäellä, Greenfinnsillä vetelissä, Sundmannien tilalla Pedersöressä, Holmqvisteilla Kokkolassa ja lopulta Kukkolankoskella Torniossa. Näitä kuvia on jo nähtävissä luomukuvagalleriassa. Kukkolankoskella tuli valotettua niin monta ruutua, että olen vasta tällä viikolla ehtinyt lopulta käydä kaikki kuvat läpi.

Kukkolankoskella Petri Leinonen ja Jaana Väisänen pitävät luomulampaita ja hoitavat Kukkolankosken pusikoituvaa maisemaa. Kerromme tarkemmin heidän toiminnastaan Luomusalongin puolella myöhemmin, mutta alla muutama valikoitu kuva. Samalla kävimme katsomassa siian lippoamista Kukkolankoskessa. Lippoaminen ja siikojen jakaminen paikallisten sukujen kesken tapahtuu edelleen niinkuin kuningas on määrännyt 1700-luvulla. Petrikin on sukunsa kautta siikaosakas ja pääsee vuorollaan lippoamaan ja jakamaan saalista. Tällä kertaa hän ei kuitenkaan ollut mukana kun syyspoikivat lampaat pitivät kiireisenä.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Karitsat pääsivät Jaanan syliin.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Lampaat ja lampaiden isäntä Petri Tornionjoen komeissa rantamaisemissa.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Kukkolankoskelta löytyvät myös Puutarha Kankaanrannan luomutomaatit.

Fishing in the traditional "lippo" way at Torniojoki. (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Lippomies Kukkolankoskella.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Päivän päätteeksi Kukkolankosken siiat jaetaan vanhan perinteen mukaan.

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Kukkolankosken luomun olkipaalieristeinen lampola on mitoitettu enimmillään 230 uuhelle.

 

Tilaa “Tarinoita suomalaisesta luomusta” -kirja ennakkoon täältä.

Wadi Rum, Jordania

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Wadi Rum – katu aavikolle.
Street to the desert.

Aqabassa sattumalta tapaamamme Suomessa aikaisemmin asunut Mikhi järjesti Wadi Rum ohjelmamme. Ajoimme aamupäivällä Wadi Rumiin, jonka portilla tapasimme beduiinioppaamme Aidin. Joimme kupit teetä Aidin perheen “olohuoneessa” ennenkuin lähdimme Aidin Nissan pick-upilla aavikolle. Vuokra-autot jätimme Aidin pihalle. Sports-tracker kartalta näkyy ensimmäisen päivän noin 38 km reitti aavikolla: alkupiste on beduiinien kylä ja loppupiste leiri, jossa yövyimme. Aamulla palasimme melko suoraan auringonnousun ja kameliratsastuksen kautta takaisin kylään. Kartaltakin näkee melko hyvin Wadi Rumin erityispiirteen: melko jyrkästi aavikosta kohoavia vuoria, joiden väliin tasainen aavikko levittäytyy.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Kalliopiirrustuksia 2000 vuoden takaa.

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Beduiinioppaat ovat myös taitavia valokuvaajia.

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Little Bridge

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Teetä aavikolla, kun ensin oli kerätty polttopuut.

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Auringonlasku Wadi Rumissa.

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Ennen yöpymistä Pinjan ja Mikan tuliesitys tähtitaivaan alla.

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Auringonnousu!
Sunrise!

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Takaisin kylälle kamelikyydillä.
Riding back to the village.

 

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Takaisin Aidin talolla.
Back to Aid’s house.

 (© Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Ennen lähtöä teet Aidin talossa. Vanha isäntä on 75.

Koko Wadi Rum kuvagalleria on täällä.

The Wadi Rum photo gallery is here.

 

Aqaba, Jordan

We did a 11 day family trip to Jordan last week (October 2012). The first 2 days we were in Petra (previous post) from where we drove to Aqaba at the Red Sea. In Aqaba we did snorkeling and Scuba diving but I don’t have photos of the diving. Underwater photography without proper equipment isn’t very rewarding in my opinion. We did a lot of strolling around the old down-town – including some street photography and in-shop photography – and met by coincidence Micki who has earlier lived 14 years in Finland and who became our guide to Wadi Rum (next post). He is a great guy – if you need a guide in Jordan,we can recommend him.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Several times especially young men asked to be photographed.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Jumping into the sea at Aqaba beach.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Shop keeper in Aqaba spice shop.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Meat shop.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Kids at Aqaba beach.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Loading rock phosphate in Aqaba port on the way to the diving site.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Our guide and friend Mikhi.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

The sun set behind the Sinai mountains on the other side of Aqaba Gulf.

 

The Aqaba gallery is here. 

Petra, Jordan

Teimme 11 päivän matkan Jordaniaan (lokakuu 2012) ja kuvia kertyi tietysti runsaasti. Ensimmäinen kohde oli Petra, jonne ajoimme aamuyönä suoraan lentokentältä. Paikka oli maineensa veroinen, vaikka 55 euron sisäänpääsymaksu (kahden päivän lippu) aiheuttikin kakistelua. Nabatealaisen punaisen kaupungin taustoista voi lukea lisää vaikka wikipediasta. Seuraavassa muutamia parhaimpia kuvia, lisää voi katsoa täältä.

Ehkä vaikuttavinta Petrassa on Siq: kapea rotko tai sola, joka on 70 metriä korkea ja päättyy Aarrekammioon. Siq on puolitoista kilometriä pitkä, joten ensimmäisellä kerralla ehtii miettiä useampaankin kertaan, minkä mutkan takaa itse Aarrekammio tulee esiin. Valokuvalla tunnelmaa on vaikea välittää, mutta seuraavat kaksi kuvaa yrittävät ja kolmas näyttää kuinka Aarrekammio vihdoin tulee esille.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Siq. Ihmiset kuvan alareunassa antavat mittakaavaa.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Näkymä Aarrekammioon.

Toisen päivän aamuna lähdimme hotellilta ennen auringonnousua nähdäksemme auringonnousun Aarrekammiolla. Tai paremminkin auringon laskemisen. Auringon noustessa se osuu ensin Aarrekammion yläpuolella olevaan kallioon ja laskeutuu vähitellen seinämää alas. Aurinko nousi noin 6.30, mutta vielä tuntia myöhemmin aurinko oli vasta jyrkänteen yläreunalla ja vielä 8.30  valo ei vielä osunut itse Aarrekammioon. Lisäksi taivas oli hiukan pilviutuinen, joten näkymä ei sinä aamuna olisi paras mahdollinen. Emme jääneet odottamaan vaan lähdimme hotellille aamiaiselle.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Aamuaurinko osuu Aarrekammion yläpuoliseen kallioon. Kuva otettu pitkällä valotuksella (20s) ja harmaasuotimella (D400), jolloin liikuvat turistit on saatu pois kuvasta ja pivet ovat epätarkat.

Aarrekammion jälkeen sola avautuu fasaadien kaduksi ja kallioon kaiverrettuun amfiteatteriin. Kiipesimme Uhraustasanteelle, josta avautuvat huikeat näkymät alueen maisemaan ja myös alas, jossa turistit liikkuvat muurahaisina fasaadien kadulla.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Turistien opastaminen ja kyyditseminen on paikallisten beduiinien elinkeino.

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Toisena päivänä aamiaisen jälkeen ajoimme Petran alueen toiselle laidalle Umm Sayhoun beduiinikylän kautta. Laskeuduimme alas jyrkkää serpentiinitietä, mikä antoi toisenlaisen näkökulman maisemaan. Tällä kertaa Luostariin (Monastery) kiipeäminen jäi väliin.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Ylöskin oli päästävä.

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Street photography in Amsterdam

Today in Amsterdam. Strolled around for a few hours doing street photography before getting to the hotel.

Tänään Amsterdamissa. Muutama tunti katukuvausta.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi) (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi) (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi) (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi) (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Familiar flag but strange color…. Uyghurs demonstrating against China on Dam Square.

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Amsterdam in black and white

And a few more from the weekend in Amsterdam, rendered to black & white.

 

And a few more at smugmug.

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Amsterdam boats – Amsterdamin veneet

On Saturday 24th September it seemed that everyone with a boat in Amsterdam was out on the canals partying. All kinds of boats to small to quite big…

The swans are also on the move.

Boat full of young having a party….

 

More at my smugmug site.

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Amsterdam bicycles – Amsterdamin pyörät

Nobody knows how many bicycles there are in Amsterdam. In the following photos just a few of them that we saw while riding the bike… There is a lot boats too – the next posting will be about them. 

Here’s a Citroën DS too. I believe the best place to see them is Amsterdam.

We were in Amsterdam on 24th and 25th September. I’ll post more photo’s at my smugmug site.

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Kuala Lumpur Bird Park in Malaysia

A few shots from the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

Barcelona 31.3. – 2.42011

I visited Barcelona for business but as usual I try to find some time for photography. The reason to be in Barcelona was ExpoEcoSalud and people I need to meet there. Additionally I did a “store-check” visiting a few organic shops. There is quite a few and it would be perfectly possible to survive in Barcelona on an organic “diet”.

Organic shop and restaurant "Wok" in on Ronda de la Universitat

The organic market and restaurant Wok on Ronda de la Universitat is a must visit for any food enthusiast visiting Barcelona. It is a combination of organic shop and an organic restaurant. In the picture I am waiting for my tofu salad – which was truly delicious.

I took a lot of photos in the shops I visited – mainly with my iPhone, but photographically and as a tourist I decided to focus on Gaudi and based on a recommendation on Casa Mila.

Lamp post on the street outside Casa Mila

The lamp post in the photo is outside Casa Mila. You’ll find a photo of Casa Mila from the street in my Smugmug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Mila, Gaudi

Staircase in the inside courtyard of CAsa Mila. What makes the photo a little more interesting I think is the reflection of the opposite wall in the window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaudi's inspirations from nature

In the attick there is a show describing how Gaudi worked and what were his sources of inspiration. Nature does have superb shapes.

 

 

 

On the roof of Casa Mila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom in Casa Mila

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Battlo by Gaudi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stealing a pose outside La Sagrada Familia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Sagrada Familia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling art outside La Sagrada Familia

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Sagrada Familia photographed from the other side of the pond

Istanbul in black and white

By using black&white; you can almost feel the atmosphere of the old times – 50 years back. Or maybe not quite: if you look at the pictures of the great photographer Ara Güler you realize that world has gone and won’t come back.

Cihangir men

 

Tophane-i-Amire

 

Tophane tram stop

 

Cihangir: mosque of Sinan (Muhyiddin Molla Fenari Cami)

 

Art Noveau on Istiklal Caddesi: Maison Botter Apartment Block. I found some further information about Botter house and Istanbul Art Nouveau archtecture here.

 

Woman watching street musician on Istiklal Caddesi.

 

Galata Bridge and the fishers.

 

Nusretiye Camii

 

 

Hagia Sofia

 

Blue Mosque

 

Hagia Sofia

 

Man drinking tea and dog: Hodja Pasa

 

Dancer

 

Musicians at Hodja Pasa

 

 

Belly dance at Hodja Pasa.

Other postings from this trip (January 2011):
Istanbul Day 4
Istanbul Day 3
Istanbul Day 2
Istanbul Day 1
Folk and Belly Dance

My Istanbul Gallery in Smugmug.

Our Istanbul trip in April / May 2010:


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Folk & Belly dance – Istanbul

I haven’t been to a belly dance show since the 1980’s. Somehow it just seems too touristic when I have seen the “real thing” as a kid with my parents in the 1960’s Istanbul nightclubs. But now we went to Hodja Pasha Culture Center to see the nights Folk and Belly Dance show and we were all happy we did.

The Hodja Pasha Center is in an old hamam and the show is in the round hot-room. The band is in the other end, the audience on the rest of the wall and the dancers in the center. There was only three or four rows of audience so probably everyone could see the show quite well. I was sitting on the far end of the second row so I could photograph freely with nobody in front of me.

Flash was of course not allowed so I set the ISO to high (ISO 25600) and hoped for the best. The results are quite amazing in view of how dark it was. Depending on the light the sensor could catch the colors or when the lights were really dim the photo would be practically monochrome. Using on-camera flash would have resulted in less interesting photos.

Most of the program was danced by the same group of 5 women and 5 men who were quite ok in the various folk dances and some belly dance – but not really brilliant. The girl in the first photo was clearly too slim to be a belly dancer.

The second photo shows the only modern version of oriental dance.

The band was in the dark so photos were practically monochrome.

Some of the male dancers.

We were given a glimpse of real oriental dance by this dancer who was by far better than the group of women who were doing most of the show. Luckily she was pretty much in the end so everyone was surely able to enjoy them as well before seeing the real thing.


This was probably the best shot. Have a look my Smugmug for a few more.

Istanbul Day 3
Istanbul Day 2
Istanbul Day 1

Istanbul, January 2011: Day 4

Jälleen päivä alkaa tietenkin Cihangirista.

Kissa heti talomme oven vieressä.

Näkymä olohuoneen ikkunasta Bosporin suulle ja Marmaran merelle.

Cihangirin “keskuksessa” oleva vihreä moskeija.

Yleensä turisti pysyy vanhassa Istanbulissa ja Borporin varrella. Nyt halusimme nähdä modernin ostoskeskuksen, joita Istanbulissa toki on useita. Metroreitin varrelta valikoitui Leventissä oleva 2006 valmistunut “Kanyon” kauppakeskus. Ensimmmäisessä kuvassa Maija-leena ja minä, Pinjan ottaessa kuvaa.

Kanyon ostoskeskus on arkkirehtuurisesti mielenkiintoinen kaarevine muotoineen. Kaikki käytävät ja julkinen tila ovat “ulkona” ja näin talvella siten melko viileitä. Kesällä ratkaisu toimii varmaan hyvin, ellei silloin sitten kaipaa ilmastointia.

Yllättäen vastaan tuli myös lempiteemani eli luomu. Kuten nimestä näkyy OrganiKanyon on pieni luomutori, jossa oli neljä myyntikojua. Ei ollut enää tilaisuutta kysyä Victorilta onko Bugdaylla sormensa tässäkin asiassa. Joka tapauksessa tämäkin vahvistaa käsitystä luomun noususta Turkissa. Alimmassa kerroksessa oli myös Macro Center supermarket, jossa oletettavasti olisi myös ollut luomua. Emme tällä kertaa käyneet siellä, mutta saman ketjun kaupassa Bebekissä oli viime keväänä runsaasti luomua. Ketju on hyvin “upscale”.

Otimme kauppakeskuksen edestä taksin Bebekiin, mistä kuva veneistä öisellä Bosporilla. Jalusta ei ollut mukana, joten tässä ISO on vedetty 6400:aan. Bebeksissä hyppäsimme bussiin ja matkustimme takaisin Taksimille.

Tämä oli viimeinen päivä, matka alkaa olla lopuillaan.

Istanbul Day 3
Istanbul Day 2
Istanbul Day 1
Folk and Belly Dance

Istanbul, January 2011: Day 3

Our third day in Istanbul took us again down from Cihangir to the tram-line on Meclis-i-Mebusan Caddesi. We took the tram to Gülhane in search of the Hodja Pasa Cultural Center where we planned to buy tickets for the evening show of Dervish dance. The map on their web-site was not much help but eventually after asking a few people we found the place – and bought tickets for that evenings folk and belly dance show (next posting). The dervishes will have to wait till next time. Then we strolled around Sirkeci and Sultanahmet, had late lunch and were back to Hodja Pasa for the show.

However the first three photos were taken without going anywhere – from the apartment window in Cigangir. The balcony of the neighboring house, the laughing dove in front of the kitchen window and the view of the Marmara Sea at 10 am.

Again the Istanbul dogs. This is the same ruins and the same young dog I showed on Day 1 just down the hill. The dog was with three men apparently living in the ruins. I thought it made a great composition in the window.

The “Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant” at Sultanahmet. We ordered Mackerel, I ordered also some fried slices of patlican (eggplant) and bulgur. Delicious.

This photo of the Istanbul PTT Museum was taken by my daughter Pinja. Sometimes she is amazing – just taking the camera from me and showing with one shot how it should be composed.

Istanbul dog sitting on the roof at Hodja Pasa. It’s a good place to watch what is going on…

Istanbul Day 1
Istanbul Day 2

I’ll still be posting more: pictures from the dance show, Day 4 and Istanbul in monochrome.

I am not posting all photos in the blog. You’ll find more in my Smugmug.