This is a “slogan” that is written on many schools in Ukraine and probably in Russia as well. This is one of the mottos from an illustrious father of the Soviet Union: V. I. Lenin.

Famous saying by a famous man Famous saying by a famous man

Now I am not a fan of everything he had to say and everything he put in motion to create the Soviet Union, but this little gem dates from far before the Russian Revolution, probably around 1909 and for me it holds the truth. Learning is an important part of life and should never be considered finished.

We are in Konotop, a small city in the north of Ukraine. The city was first mentioned in 1635 in various documents as Novoselitsa, something like New Little Village. Nice name for an emerging city.

One of the older houses One of the older houses

Many battles have been fought in this region, from ancient times (yes, 1635 is pretty ancient) until the last World War, or as they call it here: the Great Patriotic War.

Ok, by now we know we cannot travel to the future, at least not without risking our lives. Perhaps that is what travelling to the future is all about… Travelling to the past is a different question. Going to a museum is one possibility, but where can you go to experience real life in the past?

 Konotop by night Konotop by night

Without saying that life is “en retard”, we can say that life’s conditions are different in different countries. Like I said last time, Ukraine is in many viewpoints behind on our well established life. In other points it could make a nice example for North America.

Everybody has at least once in his or her life dreamed of travelling in time. Be it to the future or to the past. We know today (perhaps not tomorrow) that this is fairly impossible. Unless …

Farmhouse Farmhouse

… you go to a museum where the modus operandi is to immerse the visitors in the past. One can do this by dressing the guides in clothes of the epoch and making them talk about daily issues of that time.

Visitors then get a better idea of life of that period. There are many such places in the world, but let’s start this journey close to home: Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba, Canada.

Hello Darkness, my old friend… Photography and darkness went together for decades. No darkness somewhere? You got no pictures.

Moon, that is spelled M-O-O-N ... The moon

Today, this is completely different. You don’t need a darkroom anymore to create good pictures. You don’t even need chemicals anymore to have a print. So what about photographing the darkness? Well, there is lots to see, lots more than the obligatory moon picture…

Henk
2 months 12 days

It's the National Geographic Fieldguide to Birds of North America

Art
2 months 12 days

Thank you. I saw these birds at my feeder today and wondered what they were. Could you tell me the title of the bird book you ...

Sursohog
2 months 26 days

---Great Blog again Henk - well done..

Henk
4 months 8 days

Thanks :) !

sursohog
4 months 8 days

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

Henk
4 months 13 days

Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

Henk
4 months 13 days

Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

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4 months 13 days

I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

Henk
5 months 3 days

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
5 months 4 days

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)