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A new year – what a great excuse for a change!

Time for contemplating. Lake Manapouri, New Zealand. Photographer Kati Kalkamo.
Time for contemplating. Lake Manapouri, New Zealand, November 2017. Photographer Kati Kalkamo.

The turn of the year makes you ponder on life and think about your choices and what you are hoping for the future. It may be the most genius invention after birthdays in terms of chances to make changes, change directions, break bad habits and make choices and renew yourself. Some decisions and promises may not last but others may change your whole life and even the whole world.

I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions but for the last year I’ve lived through times of changes, letting go and constant new decisions. One of the most important decisions, that I’ve carried with me through this past year, has been to keep my values and matters that are important to me involved in my decisions every day. Instead of letting my self to be caught up with habits and old customs, I try to stay true to myself in every decision I make. Finding your own purpose can bring happiness to your life, even though the conditions may not be what you were hoping for. We all have our own difficulties but we also have our own strengths, although it’s easy to forget this during difficult times.

New Year is a great chance and excuse to make changes for better or encourage yourself to start from the beginning. Have a happy New Year and good luck to your new year’s decisions!

Beauty of imperfection

Wilted plant leaves. Photographer Kati Kalkamo.

I love the vast landscapes and majestic views, these give perspective to one’s own life. But what really makes me tick, is the beauty of imperfection and fleeting time. Nothing compares to finding beauty in ordinary and plain sights and details. You can find me most enthusiastic with my camera in the front of wilted plants, twigs and seemingly insignificant debris and trash. These keep me grounded, keep me in the present and accepting and rejoicing the everlasting change.

Yield of the forest

Troll woods. Photographer Kati Kalkamo.

Nothing is lost in the forest, nothing is useless, nothing is wasted. Layers upon layers create a sense of time. Nothing ends, it just changes shape. Time of a forest isn’t harsh, it’s solacing. Forest doesn’t take, it doesn’t hurry. Cycle of time prevails the landscape. Time and eternity are present everywhere.

Forest is endless source for stories. Life is teeming everywhere, even in the quietest forests. Forest makes your imagination fly, and it gives life to the fairy tale creatures. Stories are waiting for the listeners.

Photo is from July, 2015. The day was hot and rainy. Just moments after I took the photo it started pouring rain.

Rainy day made the colors shine and made the forest smell wonderful. I searched for the chanterelles but unfortunately found none. Summer rains hadn’t been enough yet.  But I didn’t leave the forest empty handed.  I had found troll woods of a fairy tale, enchanting atmosphere, light that filtered through the branches and the tranquility that keeps you going in the middle of a busy week.