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2008-01-01

daily photo theme day: ode to smaller things

text & photo: Pia K

One of the best things of living in a fair, green city by the water is the ample opportunity to stumble over, or hear of through the leafage, new places of wild strawberries (smultronställen). Such a place I found last year, and this photo captures the loveliness of that moment, that place, this city and what’s best of it in at least three ways.

Just the fact than you can enjoy a decent lunch (chanterelle soup and homemade bread) in a seemingly rural and peaceful place, when this café is actually situated just below the busy Västerbron (The Western Bridge), is amazing in its very self.

The other very visible thing can be found in the small details, all around us, everywhere. Here illustrated by an uninvited, but welcomed, lunch companion. Who eagerly, more or less patiently, awaited some left over bread.

And then we have that light, the summer light, that reminiscence of the glorious summer past, that shines through the leafage… This perfect moment - eternalised with a little help from a small, ingenious friend named camera - makes it easy to visualise that the best things in life can simply be found in the smaller things that surround us.

With hopes of and wishes for many such perfect moments in the year to come, Happy New 2008!

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andra om stockholm nyår smultron

Smedsuddsvägen (map) 24 May 2007

Read more by Pia on plenty or on her own blog.
The January theme is "Best of the Year". The following 118 blogs had signed up to participate by 1 Jan.

Paris, France - London, England - Hyde, UK - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Grenoble, France - Stockholm, Sweden - Riga, Latvia - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - New Orleans (LA), USA - Wichita (KS), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - San Francisco (CA), USA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Greenville (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Mainz, Germany - Melbourne, Australia - Portland (OR), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Toulouse, France - Naples (FL), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Brussels, Belgium - Stayton (OR), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USAToruń, Poland - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Baziège, France - Nashville (TN), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Chicago (IL), USA - Prescott (AZ), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Moscow, Russia - Philadelphia (PA), USAEvry, France - Trujillo, Peru - Arlington (VA), USA - Denpasar, Indonesia - American Fork (UT), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Coral Gables (FL), USA - Montpellier, France - Joplin (MO), USA - Pilisvörösvár, Hungary - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Boston (MA), USA - Torun, Poland - New York City (NY), USA - Dunedin (FL), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Chateaubriant, France - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Budapest, Hungary - Austin (TX), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Cypress (TX), USA - Bicheno, Australia - Wrocław, Poland - Brookville (OH), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Cheltenham, UK - Wellington, New Zealand - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Mumbai (Maharashtra), India - London, UK - Haninge, Sweden - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Arradon, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Mumbai, India - Terrell (TX), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - Delta (CO), USA - Radonvilliers, France - Saigon, Vietnam - San Diego (CA), USA - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Belgrade, Serbia - Auckland, New Zealand - Seguin (TX), USA - Inverness (IL), USA - Oslo, Norway - Singapore, Singapore - Las Vegas (NV), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Torino, Italy - Susanville (CA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Sharon (CT), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Memphis (Tennessee), USA - -

36 comments:

Isadora said...

Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy new year!

Keropok Man said...

Have a wonderful 2008!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from Singapore!


p/s that soup looks delicious! ;-)

Clueless in boston said...

I like your choice of picture and reasons. Have a safe and wonderful new year.

Kuanyin said...

What you wrote here was pure poetry! Lovely photo too! Happy New Year!

Hyde DP said...

Happy new Year

Deslilas said...

Thanks for this perfect breakfast.
What else ?
A cantarella soup of course.

alice said...

We've both chosen two very different photos but, reading your words, I think our ideas were not so far. Happy New Year from Arradon, bonne et heureuse année!

Steffe said...

Gott Nytt År!

Peter Fristedt said...

Perfect start of the new year, Pia! Lovely lunch.

sam said...

indeed a magic moment! Happy New Year

Pia K said...

Thanks everyone! And Happy new Year, again:)

Peter said...

Isn't it nice to know how to enjoy the small things!!
I wish you a Happy New Year ... and let's continue to look for the nice small things!

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

A lovely post and perfect photo for the best of 2007. Happy New Year from Fort Lauderdale, FL!

Mo said...

Very Nice, Happy New Year!

Olivier said...

j'aime ton choix et la raison de ce choix, bravo. Mes meilleurs voeux en cette année 2008.

I like your choice and the reason for that choice, bravo. My best wishes in the year 2008.

Jim said...

A very pretty picture, I didnt notice the bird until I read the post. Happy New Year.

Kate said...

Good choice for theme day. May 2008 bring you much joy and happiness with a lot of good health as well!

Mitch said...

So nice and relaxing, thank you.

Happy New Year from the frozen winter wonderland of Minneapolis!

May 2008 bring you good health & happiness,
- Mitch

Southern Heart said...

I love your photo, and especially the meaning behind it. I, too, think that the small, perfect moments are often the best.

Happy New Year,

Andrea

Per Stromsjo said...

Thanks Pia for sharing your reflections on this kind of moment and giving all of us a flying start to the new year. Going into January this is just what we need. And I've got to get myself a bowl of soup!

Gail's Man said...

Looks a nice place to eat.

Here's to a happy & phototastic 2008

Eric said...

I love the simplicity of this one, excellent choice. Bonne année de Paris et thank you for taking part in the City Daily Photo community.

pusa said...

nice phot, took me a while before seeing the lil bird! happy new year

Pia K said...

Thanks for all lovely comments! And yes, it was a perfect, creamy, flavoury soup too:)

PaB said...

Yummy yummy !!
Happy New Year 2008 and long life to your blog !

Dusty Lens said...

looks quite delicious! wishing you a happy and safe new year in 2008.

Barbara said...

Hope you have a great "New Year". From West Sacramento Photo of the Day.

~tanty~ said...

Happy new year 2008.
Wish you all the best!

Kim said...

A perfect photo for our theme day! And you expressed so beautifully what I think we all feel when we do capture those incredibly perfect moments to relive the joy we feel whenever we glimpse them again. And I know what you mean about that quality of summer light coming through the leafy surroundings. Someday I hope to visit Stockholm. Someday! Happy New Year my friend,
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Neva said...

A Very good choice!! Happy New Year!

Jenny said...

A lovely picture - it says so much!

Happy New Year to you and yours and here's to a wonderful 2008 for the Daily City Photo Blog community.

Lynette said...

I like the photo and your thoughts that accompany it. Great selection.

Pia K said...

Thanks again, for all sweet comments!

Joy said...

Your photo makes me think of summer!

Sorry I wasn't able to visit your blog sooner. I was in transit the whole of yesterday. I am now back in Norwich after the most fantabulous time at home in Manila. Do swing by my other sites to leave your footprints behind. Read: lovely comments. :)

Happy New Year to you and everyone you hold dear!

I look forward to visiting your site more often this 2008. And welcome to mine, too!


joy
The Goddess In You
Norwich Daily Photo
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Lothiane said...

A very nice post, loved the photo as well. I miss summer now. :)

Happy New Year to you all - a bit late, but the year is still young!

Pia K said...

Better late than never, thanks for commenting, Joy and Lothiane - and a happy new year to you also!

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