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anniversary & rocks

Well, today is this blog's first anniversary and what a wonderful ride it has been. Many thanks to all you faithful readers and commentors and the still growing numbers of visitors who have been and are still making this new adventure such a pleasure for me!

It's like receiving a birthday present to find an email this morning from artist and keen rock art researcher-explorer Loit Joekalda of Tallinn, Estonia. He writes that Finnish photographer Ismo Luukkonen has updated his web site of rock art photos taken in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Portugal.

Alas stenar, Kaseberga, Skana, Sweden by Ismo Luukkonen

Some of the navigating is a little confusing but this page gives additional direction. New pages include the Traces of the Ancients which "introduces the layered landscape of south-west Finland. In the cultural landscape of the 21st century lie also marks of the prehistoric ages." Especially wonderful are the photographs of standing stones in Sweden at Two Tours, one of which I have borrowed above. I'm amazed to learn that there are so many in Sweden. You may also enjoy his other subject matter as well, like the touches series.

Some long-time readers may remember that I wrote about Luukkonen's site last summer, and about Norway's petroglyphs with links to some Swedish and Danish ones as well. If you missed them, have a look!


Marha-Leena--Happy Anniversary! Here's to a lot more years of making art and blog-posting to share it with us. Onward!...

Happy Blogiversary, Marja-Leena. Thanks for making, finding and sharing Art.

Standing stones are cool. (The Mayans called them 'tree stones.') I appreciate the links. Congratulations on your first blogversity!

Happy Anniversary and thank you for so many beautiful posts, links, and most especially for this new friendship! I'm so happy to have met you! Here's to many more posts and to the love of art of all kinds.

Marja-Leena's Blog delights -
Links and prints and ancient sites,
Petroglyphs, philosophy
So much there that captures me.

Thank-you for the time you spend
On other sites, we have a friend
Who's interested and cares enough
To read and comment on our stuff.

Happy birthday now you're ONE,
I know you still find blogging fun,
And what drives you is clear to see
Great warmth and creativity.

Thank you, Tom, Amy, Dave, Beth & Anna for the wonderful good wishes and especially thanks for your friendship!

Dave, I love 'tree stones'!

Anna - the poem is absolutely delightful! You are so clever and kind with words, and so quick too - I'm honoured!

Congratulations and happy birthday, Marja-Leena and your beautiful spot in the blogosphere.

Happy anniversary! You've built a really fine site here.

Happy Anniversary, Marja-Leena! There's a little post on Finnish music for you at Ionarts (really just leading you to Alex Ross' blog).

A thank-you curtsy, Ronni and pericat!!

Charles, you've given me another anniversary treat with that link, thank you! Did you see Ross' post on Rautavaara as well - I've only recently gotten one of his CDs. Also, just the other day I learned that Ondine is a 20-year old Finnish company!

Congratulations on not only making it to the first anniversary but also in creating a fabulous site here! So much information and interesting links and discussion! The rock art collection is fabulous... I have put together a flash file of a few photos my mum has taken while she has been travelling in the outback (Australia), which I thought you may be interested in seeing. It is always so stunning to see such similarities and also diversity in such ancient art work - no internet to let each other know what they were doing! Thanks for the inspiration.