Blue Basin

My blue bucket of gold
Friend, why don’t you love me?
Once the myth has been told
The lens deforms it as lightning

Raise your right hand
Tell me you want me in your life
Or raise your red flag
Just when I want you in my life
— "Blue Bucket Of Gold" by Sufjan Stevens

Vaikka yritĂ€n ajatella asioita ja maailmanmenoa jĂ€rjellĂ€, en voi kuin ihmetellĂ€ kuinka ihmiset ja maailma voivat yllĂ€ttÀÀ. Jos joku olisi vuosi sitten kertonut mitĂ€ tĂ€ssĂ€ maailmassa tĂ€nĂ€ pĂ€ivĂ€nĂ€ tapahtuu, en varmasti olisi uskonut. Totuus on tarua ihmeellisempÀÀ, ja se on kĂ€ynyt ilmi viimeisen vuoden aikana omassakin elĂ€mĂ€ssĂ€ useammin kuin vain kerran. Maailmanmeno hirvittÀÀ minua pĂ€ivĂ€ toisensa jĂ€lkeen yhĂ€ enemmĂ€n, ja sitĂ€ miettii mitĂ€ yksi nĂ€in pieni ihminen voi tehdĂ€ paremmin, muuta kuin yrittÀÀ ymmĂ€rtÀÀ ja antaa hyvyyttĂ€ ja ymmĂ€rrystĂ€ omien rajojensa sisĂ€llĂ€. 

Even if I try to think of things and the ways of the world with some kind of sense, I can't but wonder how people and the world can be so surprising. If someone would have told me a year ago, what would be happening within a year, I probably wouldn't have believed them. Truth is stranger than fiction, that has been proven even in my own life more than once in the past year. The ways of the world scare me more and more day after day and I keep thinking what one small human being can do better, apart from trying to understand and giving out goodness and compassion.

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Viimeisen vuoden ehkÀ yllÀttÀvin matkakohde oli tÀmÀ. KeskellÀ karua Oregonin erÀmaata, erikoisten vuorten ja kanjonien vÀlistÀ löytyy pala sinistÀ kultaa. John Day Fossil Bedsin Sheep Rock Unitin Blue Basin on todella nimensÀ veroinen. Maan alta kuoriutuva sininen on niin syvÀllinen, ettÀ sitÀ melkein epÀilee silmiÀÀn. Kameran kautta katsottuna en aina tiennyt mikÀ oli totta ja mikÀ oli mielikuvitukseni tuotosta. NÀin jÀlkikÀteen katsottuna tuntuu hullulta ajatella, ettÀ olen todellakin kÀynyt nÀin erikoisessa paikassa.

Maybe the most surprising travel destination of the past year was this one. In the middle of the Oregonian desert, lodged between these peculiar mountains and canyons there's a bucket of blue gold. Blue Basin in the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds is truly worth its name. The blue which peels out from underneath the surface of the earth is so blue, it's nearly surreal. Looking through the camera I didn't always know what was real and what wasn't. In afterthought, it seems crazy to think that I've actually been there.

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TÀnÀ Jouluna meillÀ pÀin ei juurikaan osteta joululahjoja eikÀ lÀhetetÀ joulukortteja. Sen sijaan halusin antaa jotain hyvÀÀ lÀhelle ja lÀhettÀÀ jotain kauemmas. Muistin muutamaa hoivakodin vanhusta kukkivalla joulutervehdyksellÀ ja lisÀksi osallistuin SPR:n katastrofirahastoon Syyriaan. Toivoisin ettÀ yhÀ useampi ajattelisi Joulua antamisen aikana niin, ettÀ ne jotka tarvitsevat sitÀ eniten saisivat apua ja ymmÀrrystÀ. EhkÀ sen pitÀisikin olla tÀmÀn juhlan todellisin ja syvÀllisin merkitys.

This Christmas we're really not buying any gifts or sending traditional greetings. Instead I wanted to give away something nearby and send something further. I wanted to send a holiday greeting to a couple of elderly people in a nursing home and I also sent some money to a catastrophe fund in Syria. I would hope that more people would think of Christmas as a time of giving, so that the ones who need it most would get help and understanding. Maybe that is the truest and deepest meaning of this holiday.