Monochrome Series 4: The Worker

When I was still living in the city, I wondered where the bees were, because I only saw a couple of these pollinators even though the place is rich in plants and flowers. I always have a fascination for bees because of their bright yellow and black color. Also, these species has an enorm contribution to the ecosystem. Without them, we would starve to death. Going back to where the bees are, they are on the countryside. Apparently, they do not thrive in the city. For sure, because of the pollution and the human population threatening their peace and existence.

 

 
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Monochrome Series 3: Abandoned

A couple of hundred meters away from where I live, there is a growing number of forest. Inside these forests are hidden cabins/houses that have been abandoned for many years. We found two of them at the moment and these cabins seem to have stories to tell if only the doors are unlocked. There was of course the temptation to break in, but I respect the door locks for perhaps the owners wanted it that way. And I find it very rude to just break in into someone’s property without permission. Well, we were already trespassing on their property already and breaking in will be way too much, in my opinion.

The first house is not hard to find because it is located by the main tractor road and it is located just behind someone’s active property. But as you can see in the picture, mother nature is slowly, but surely taking over the property.

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House #1

House number 2 on the other hand is a bit isolated. It is hard to find because of the dense forest that surrounds it.

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House #2
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House #2’s side entrance/door.
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Some of House #2’s details.

Kill Them with Kindness

If you’re living in the countryside, expect that you won’t be able to see your neighbors every day because of the distance between their house and yours. Well unless you pay them a visitor of course, but it depends if you have the time.

Yesterday, the dog and I went for a walk. Took the opposite way because I was also going to check our postbox. While walking, I saw the neighbor number 1 observing us. I didn’t wave back but I smiled. I’m not sure though if he smiled back because it was raining. Then it began raining even more so we hurried up. On the way, the dog stopped in front of neighbor number 2’s property and then the dog began sniffing the place while I was a bit preoccupied by my Pokemon GO game. All of a sudden, I heard a loud knock on neighbor number 2’s window. She looked angry at us and she was signaling that the dog should leave her property. I didn’t panicked though, but I got stressed. I immediately pulled the dog out of her property and I checked for any signs of poo. Nothing there, but I think the dog marked a small spot on the on the property. I smiled and waved at neighbor number 2 but she just rolled her eyes on us. Neighbor number 2 by the way is an old lady, around 80 years old something and according to the old owner of our house, she is from the east coast. She doesn’t live in this place but she is here once in while for vacation.

To be honest, I’m still bothered. How can an old lady be so angry like that? Is it because she’s a cat person? Or, maybe she had a bad day yesterday? Who knows? I hope that it’s nothing personal, really because after all we are living in the countryside and neighbors should really get along.

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The Newest Member of the Family

Let me introduce Molly. A Norwegian forest cat from Odda Norway. My sister adopted her a couple of months ago. She’s a very shy cat and cautious at first, but once she sees that you’re not a threat, she’ll try her best to catch your attention. 🙂

 

 

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“Can’t I get some privacy hooman?”

 

 

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Molly is an indoor cat. She doesn’t want to go outside.

 

 

 

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A Norwegian forest cat and a Norwegian fjord on the background = Perfect composition!

 

 

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Pus in Boots eyes 

 

Polaroid EE44

When my partner’s dad saw my FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera, he went to his office and came back with a Polaroid EE44 camera. He said that I can use it because no one is using it anymore. I felt like I won the lottery or an auction because I love vintage stuff especially vintage gadgets/technologies.

Polaroid EE44 is an instant analog camera. The concept is simple. You take a photo, then the camera develops the photo right away. I’ve tried to “Google” this camera and I found out that there ain’t much information about it. I found out though that EE44 is from 1976.

Since this is an old camera, I had to study the controls first. The problem is no one has the instruction manual anymore so again I turned to the internet. Fortunately, I found some videos and more information about this analog camera. However, Polaroid has discontinued the production of the type 80 films (which I think is sad). But it’s not the end for the EE44. There are lots of tutorials online on how to use other films (like for instance Fujifilm 100) instead.

There was only one shot left in the camera so after learning the controls, I aimed at a beautiful scenery and pressed the button and hoped that I’d get a good picture. Then I waited for a couple of minutes and I pulled out the film. Unfortunately, there was no picture on the paper but only the chemicals from the paper. Then it occurred to me that I forgot to check the batteries! But even though I remember the batteries, I still won’t be able to change the batteries because that would mean opening the camera and exposing the remaining film.

I got disappointed because I lost my only shot but as I’ve said earlier, it’s not the end of the EE44. There are endless possibilities here, we just have to be creative and be patient with troubleshooting.