Murals on the back street in Bangkok

These murals, painted elegantly with muted colors, are on a narrow back street (soi) on the edge of Bangkok’s China Town, Talat Noi. That is a great area for unplanned walk, street photography and escape from the busy main streets and shops.

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Apartment buildings in Tallinn

This buildings in Tallinn may not make justice for current Estonian architecture, but there is a certain functional – if not minimalist – charm in these. I guess all are built during the Soviet era (1940-1991), though I’m not sure about that. Pictures were taken during March and April this year.

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A shy White-backed Mousebird

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White-backed Mousebird (valkoperähiiro)

The white-backed mousebird (Colius colius, valkoperähiiro in Finnish) is a large species of mousebird. It is about 34 cm long, with the tail (which is not very visible in the picture) comprising approximately half the length. It is distributed in western and central regions of southern Africa from Namibia and southern Botswana eastwards to Central Transvaal and the eastern Cape. I took this picture in Richersveld, near the boarder of South Africa and Namibia.

This bird is a frugivore which subsides on fruits, berries, leaves, seeds and nectar. Its feeding habits make it very unpopular with fruit farmers and domestic gardeners, which might be why it is very shy as a rule. When it spots a human it either sits quiet in a tree or takes off immediately.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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A sad day for a Zebra Dove

Happened in Thailand, Hua Hin. Could happen almost anywhere. I was sitting quietly with my camera near the beach, where this Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata, in Finnish seeprakyyhky) was looking for something to eat.

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I turned my head and noticed a cat lurking intensively the unsuspecting bird.

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The dove turned and started to move slowly under the deck chair, not noticing the motionless cat.

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In a fraction of a second the cat used this moment of opportunity, jumped and caught the poor dove.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

 

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Art from Trash installation exhibition

Some weeks ago I blogged about an environmental art project in connection with the cleaning of the shores of the Gulf of Finland in Helsinki, Tallinn and Turku. The collected debris and trash was then used to create installations according the concept created by artist Kristiina Tikke Tuura.

All the artworks created in those three cities were photographed. I compiled the photos into a digital video exhibition. That video was shown first time today in the European Maritime Day in Turku, Finland. Now it is available for even a bigger audience, so enjoy!

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Erki Kasemets’ performance art day in Loviisa

Erki Kasemets is an Estonian artist who divides his creative activities into four categories: 1) documenting his private life, 2) polygon theatre, 3) trash art, and 4) performances. He has a keen interest in machines, kinetic art, games and inventing rules for games, sociological research and the art of theatre.

This spring Erki has been working in Loviisa Artists’ Studio in Finland, a residence for the artists of all the fields as well as to the music, writers and art researchers.

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Erki Kasemets showing how to play the game “Structor 5” invented by him. All the rounds of the game will be documented (photographed) and it will eventually form an art project.

On Sunday 15 May, Erki had an open house in the residence. Visitors could play a game he has invented, estimate the number of stone tiles on the market square and join a performance in the square of Loviisa between the residence and the grand Town House and nearby pathways.

This is a short photo blog of the first part of the performance day.

Click any picture to open the gallery and read the captures.

1 – In the residence

2 – Tower showing the days Erki has spent in Finland

3 – The square is ‘blocked’

4- Counting the tiles of the square

5 – Erki Kasemets with his family

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Oh yes, the number of the tiles on the square? It is 71,273 (five times more that I guessed).

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Asian Openbill in flight

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The Asian openbill (Anastomus oscitans, Aasian rakonokka in Finnish) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This distinctive stork is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This photo was taken in Thailand.

It is greyish or white with glossy black wings and tail and the adults have a gap between the arched upper mandible and recurved lower mandible. Young birds are born without this gap which is thought to be an adaptation that aids in the handling of snails, their main prey. Although resident within their range, they make long distance movements in response to weather and food availability.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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