In Hornwork, Arja and Irene utilize every single part of the reindeer for use in their craft and jewelry work. Nothing gets thrown away or goes to waste. Even the tendons and sinuous fibers get dried and made into thread and string that can be used in the making of ceremonial shaman drums for example.
Irene also is a teacher, giving lessons and courses on how to make handicrafts in her workshop. And after your lesson you get to go across into their Traditional Lappish home for coffee, tea or homemade blueberry juice and num nums.
A happy dull grey as Heikki put it to me.
I had started to get used to the dull grey that was normal winter in Rovaniemi.
I never gave it much thought that above that cloud layer there was the sun. Until I got on the plane to Helsinki. And then I was reminded.
Beautiful up here. I wanted to stay up there all day. But it was short lived.
I had a quick flight to Helsinki and 2 hrs until my SAS flight to Frankfurt via Copenhagen.
This would be High Tea then, right?.
So I, and my camera were at the ready and as my flight taxied in, the tail of a plane to my left was starting to line up perfectly and silhouette itself right in front of the sun. I had time to run off quite a few shots and even a 3 shot bracket set, the one above before went to the gate.
and stern chiseled faces that never, ever smile.
And a huge thank you to Carrie from American Airlines for arranging my flight back to the US for me. Many many thanks CA.
BOULDER, CO. U.S.A.