Erika Ottela's PhotoBlog

Drinking fountains are a great place for people-watching. I am always surprised how many people loiter around even after they have their bottles filled.…

When I was a teenager, I played a lot of cards. We played a lot with my family, but also with friends – someone always had a deck of cards in their backpack.…

Merlin is a very sociable little dog. Except when we meet big and excited dogs. They are scary… Merlin has a habit of inviting these big dogs to play – while…

I used to have a bad habit of being late. Luckily Stuart is (possibly) the world’s most patient person. When we started dating, he once waited for me for…

There is something magical about Spring Day in South Africa. In Finland, Midsummer tends to have everything but summer weather. I even remember a year it was…

Road trips are a travel of choice for Stuart and me – to my mother’s absolute surprise. When I was a child, I could not keep my eyes open for more than 3.5…

We had a baby shower for a colleague this morning – a lovely breakfast with all the office ladies. An event made somewhat shorter by the fact that the mother…

I like shooting with very wide depth of field and push the boundaries on 'almost HDR' (with a single image, tho). But it is early summer and the little details…

Merlin appears in a lot of my photos - in even more of them, he is hovering just outside the frame, wondering what is going on... Yet again! In fact, quite a…

(I'm not sure why this was never posted. I wrote it and thought I posted it - but now realised it was missing. So, a bit late) South Africans love rain. For a…

I am a huge fan of bright colours. Our house, for example, has a lot of dark red, including our couch. In fact, I was very excited to finally get a chance to…

The past two days I have spent in Singularity University SA. It is a cool concept – two days of speeches from some of the top experts in the world on…

Sun is out and trees and bushes in the park start to bloom. I am grateful yet again that Merlin is a low-shedding dog. I do remember the amount of hair every…

I have mentioned before how both Stuart and myself are partial to Asian food. We have a very good Korean grocery store in the neighbourhood, so we have a…

Merlin - our little schnauzer - loves vegetables and fruit. I use cucumber as his training treat, but he is also a huge fan of snap peas, apple and broccoli.…

We had lunch today with some friends who have been blessed by 1-year old twins. Although incredibly cute, their energy is a little overwhelming. However,…

Little outside Johannesburg – in the middle of nowhere – is a farm with a brilliant business plan. They have converted the area into a dog park with a…

Day 150 deserves another mini celebration!! Although I admit that in the past weeks the busy work schedule combined with spring flu has made it difficult to…

Due to a number of late evenings at work, my recent photography has been limited to small, home-bound photos of everyday objects. And what could more…
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