Into the Void

Photograph Into the Void 2 by Jere Ketola on 500px

Stairway into the void.

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Reflecting on Water

Somehow I have always been drawn towards water. It may have something to with the places we have lived when I was a kid, or it may stem from my longing to see new and different places. I tend to always be drawn to the shore of any lesser or bigger spread of water. I love to swim as well as dive so my love of water goes far deeper than just staring at the expanse of water nearby.

Boats before the storm by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

I spent quite a few years in a part of Finland where lakes or the sea are not so near and somehow I found myself always visiting the nearest small lake with quite a few trips to the biggest lake in the area and the nearest sea shore having to be taken.

Untitled by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

Nature is so wonderfully beautiful and water is such a necessity for our survival. Sometimes the intensity of the water is stupendous and other times the calmness and stillness is almost eerie.

The shore by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com
There used to be a road on the beach side of this palm tree. Nowadays the Pacific has taken over the road and humans have had to get used to the fact that the climate is changing.

Paradise by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

Some of the most memorable places I have visited have been shoreside. Also some of the most terrible places. Seeing what was left and what  devastation the Tsunami of Boxing day 2004  caused was humbling.

Water alters how we see the world and how we live . And I love water.

Icegold by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

Even the pesky white stuff it turns into in the winter.

Ohrid

Makedonia on suomalaisittain harvinaisempi matkakohde. Maa sijaitsee Kreikan pohjoispuolella ja on eteläisin osa entisä Jugoslaviaa.

Alue on luonnonkaunista, vuoristoista ja metsäistä. Maan etelä-osassa on Ohridin ja Prespan järvet. Ohrid järvi on erittäin syvä, keskisyvyyden ollessa 155m ja maksimisyvyyden lähes 300m. Mutta kuten niin monessa asiassa, kuvat kertovat paremmin miltä Makedonia näyttää:

Macedonia is a country in the Balkans. It is located north of Greece and between Bulgaria and Albania. Less traveled than most its neighbors it still offers a lot of original experiences vs the rather homogenized tourist destinations. Some pics to tell the tale:

Horses
Hevosia päivän työrupeaman jälkeen.
Water taxi
Venetaksit vievät turisteja kohtuuhintaan järvelle.
House in the mountains
Maaseudulla talot ovat päässeet ränsistymään kun urbanisaatio jatkuu kiihtyvällä tahdilla.
collapsed house
Maaseudun autioitumista.
Cappuccino
Cappuccino alle eurolla..
church
Ohridisissa on aikoinaan ollut 365 erikokoista kirkkoa.
church from a different view
Samaa kirkkoa hieman eri perspektiivistä kuvattuna
church2
yksi kauneimpia kirkkoja Ohridissa sijaitsee järven rannalla
mountainvillage
Vuoriston ja maaseudun kylissä voi nähdä vielä vanhakantaista, balkanilaista asutusta.
Crepes
Lettuja suklaalla ja tuoreilla marjoilla, erinomaisen makuista. / Crepes with chocolate and berries.
beggar on the street
Katukerjäys on melko yleistä, mutta harmitonta. / street begging is relatively common, but harmless.
Hamburger, balkan style
Hampurilainen, kokonaiset 1,20e. Ranskalaiset ovelasti hampurilaisen välissä. / Balkan style hamburger and fries. For the whopping price of 1,20euros
Beehives for honey
Hunajantuotantoa / Honey production
mountain villages are emptying
Kaunista, mutta rapistuvaa kyläasumista Makedonian vuoristosta / Village scenery in the mountains of Macedonia
Lake Ohrid
Ohrid järven maisemaa /Lake Ohrid
Shoreline
Rantamaisemaa hotelleilta järvelle / Scenery on the shores of Lake Ohrid
Lake scenery
Järvimaisemaa vanhasta kaupungista päin / The lake as viewed from the old town of Ohrid
art
Maalarin töitä esillä / local art for sale and on display
stream
Kirkko puron varrella / Church along a stream
fall
pieni koski /small rapid
cityscape
Kaupunkimaisemaa Ohridista /cityscape, Ohrid
Ohrid
Ohridin vanhaa kaupunkia / old town of Ohrid
scenery on the plains
Maisemaa tasangolta / Scenery from the plains close to Pitola
Fields
Maanviljelyä /agriculture from the plains
streetlife
Kävelykadun elämää /street life
churches and mosques
Kaupunkimaisemaan kuuluu kirkkojen lisäksi moskeijat. Makedonia oli osa Ottomaanien valtakuntaa. / The cityscape has mosques as well as churches. The area was a part of the Ottoman empire for centuries.
Romans
Alue on ollut asutettua vuosituhansia. kuvassa Roomalaisia jäänteitä / Roman empire has also left its mark on the area
business
Business is business
streets
pienet kujat ovat kivoja /nice small streets and alleys.
sun
Rannalla /at the beach.
ohrid old town
Vanhaa kaupunkia /old town
mountains
Maisemaa vuoristosta /view in the mountains

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